Bell 505 fleet achieves 100,000 flight hours
February 10, 2022 By Helicopters Staff
Bell Textron Inc. on Feb. 9 announced the Bell 505 helicopter, which was first delivered to a customer in 2017, reached 100,000 global fleet hours. Bell has now completed more than 360 Bell 505 global deliveries, with the short light single helicopter’s program primarily based out of its facility in Mirabel, Quebec.
“Since its entry into service, the Bell 505 continues to impress global operators for its unparalleled performance and capabilities,” said Lane Evans, director, Bell 505 Sales and Support. “This significant achievement further demonstrates our customers’ admiration for the platform and its versatility as it enhances private, utility, training and public safety flights.”
Belle explains the 505 helicopter platform combines the latest avionics and engine control technology with a large open cabin that provides panoramic views for all passengers. It featured an integrated Garmin G1000H NXi avionics suite and a dual channel FADEC controlled Safran Arrius 2R engine. Bell explains the 505’s cabin versatility and performance make it well suited for missions ranging from private owners to public safety and training entities around the globe.
“We are very proud to see the Bell 505 with our Arrius 2R engine now widely established in the light helicopter landscape,” said Fabrice Condamine, Vice President, Arriel & Arrius Programs, Safran Helicopter Engines. “Delivering a best-in-class engine solution, on time, continues to be a top priority for us. We are delighted with the progress of our relationship with Bell.”
Recently, the Bell 505 team celebrated the 60th European delivery to Montenegro Air Force, the first Bell 505NXi sale to Slovakia and delivery to the Indonesia Navy.