The Bell 505 helicopter has been accepted by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) for airworthiness certification in the United Republic of Tanzania, making it the sixth country in Africa to certify the aircraft.
“With superior visibility from every seat, low cost of operations and the availability of multi-mission configurations, the Bell 505 is the perfect platform from which to explore Tanzania’s natural beauty, while also serving the daily needs of charter and tourism operators, search and rescue, and para-public organizations,” said Sameer Rehman, Bell’s managing director for Africa and Middle East.
The Bell 505 has seen more than 260 worldwide deliveries with more than 45,000 flight hours logged since its first delivery in March 2017. It is rated for a speed of 125 knots (232 kilometers per hour) and a useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms). After the completion of high-altitude testing in Nepal in mid-2019, the aircraft is also rated for operations of up to 22,500 feet density altitude.