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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X reaches 50,000 flight hours


September 23, 2020
By Helicopters Staff


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Southern Utah University’s Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. (Photo: Bell)

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X program has accumulated more than 50,000 global flight hours, with more than 260 505s currently operating across six continents and 55 countries. In August 2019, Bell announced the 505 Jet Ranger X fleet had surpassed 20,000 flight hours.

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X surpasses 20,000 hours

Bell Textron notes three of its notable deliveries this year include: Southern Utah University, Centaurium, and Leon County and Alameda County, which received public-safety-configured Bell 505s. The first delivery of the Bell 505 occurred in March 2017 to Pylon Aviation.

“This milestone represents the platform’s global growth and adoption as it enables operators to complete dynamic missions at an affordable cost,” said Eric Sinusas, program director, Light Aircraft, Bell.

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Powered by a dual channel FADEC Safran Arrius 2R engine, the Bell 505 is a five-seat aircraft rated for a maximum speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kg).