By Helicopters Staff
Bell Textron Inc. delivered two Bell 505 helicopters to the Indonesian Navy to be utilized as basic helicopter trainers.
“The Bell 505, which has surpassed 50,000 flight hours globally, is an excellent aircraft for training pilots to fly today’s modern aircraft with integrated glass flight decks, FADEC controlled engines, and other advanced technologies,” said Jose Jacinto Monge, managing director, Asia Pacific, Bell.
This delivery of two 505s brings the Indonesian Navy’s Bell fleet to five aircraft, which already includes three 412 helicopters. More than 100 Bell helicopters are operating in the military and commercial segments in Indonesia.
Bell explains, with most training helicopters globally comprising light, single helicopters, the 505 is well suited to prepare future military pilots all around the globe.
The 505 is Bell’s newest five-seat aircraft, featuring Garmin avionics and dual channel FADEC-controlled engine. There are more than 300 Bell 505s operating in 55 countries across six continents.