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Bell, Arrow agreement to sell medical kits for 505


November 3, 2021
By Helicopters Staff


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The HELIFAB Emergency Medical Kit expands the Bell 505’s versatility. (Photo: Bell Textron)

Bell Textron Inc. reached an agreement with Arrow Aviation to sell the HELIFAB Emergency Medical Kit configuration for the Bell 505 helicopter. In addition, Arrow Aviation also signed a purchase agreement for its fourth Bell 505.

“As the world’s most advanced short light single platform, the Bell 505 is capable of completing critical EMS missions at a low cost,” said Jay Ortiz, vice president, Commercial Business, Americas. “This agreement with Arrow Aviation enhances the aircraft’s mission capabilities and positions the Bell 505 as the premier light aircraft for medical transport.”

Located in the same facility, HELIFAB and Arrow Aviation work in partnership to bring new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)-approved products to market. HELIFAB holds STC and Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for various installations.

The effort is led by on-staff Designated Airworthiness Representative Mark Evans and Designated Engineering Representative Kevin S. Aubin to provide an efficient FAA product approval process for development and certification of new product designs or improvements to existing systems.

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“The HELIFAB Emergency Medical Kit expands the Bell 505’s versatility by offering customers an optimal EMS platform capable of efficiently transferring patients with the necessary healthcare equipment onboard,” said Evans, Project Manager for HELIFAB/ Arrow Aviation.

The Bell 505 is rated for a top speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kg).