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Universal named first Bell 505 dealer in US


October 21, 2021
By Helicopters Staff


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The Bell 505 is described as the only dual-channel FADEC engine in its class. (Photo: Bell Textron)

Bell Textron Inc. appoints Universal Helicopter as its first Bell 505 Dealer in the United States with Authorized territory of Arizona and Utah. Bell’s dealership network provides what the company describes as a complete experience from aircraft purchasing to operator training for current and future Bell 505 customers.

“Deepening our collaboration with Universal Helicopters and naming them our first dealership in the United States is an important step as we continue to see growth for the Bell 505 around the world,” said Lane Evans, director, Bell 505 Sales.

Bell explains Universal Helicopters is the only domestic Bell-Certified Training Facility that is equipped to offer customers the expertise needed to master the Bell 206 and gain their private pilot license and beyond using the Bell 505. Earlier this year, Bell’s Global Training facility and Universal Helicopters announced a collaboration to deliver Ab Initio and Rotorcraft Add-on training utilizing the Bell 505 training to pilots across the U.S.

“We are proud and honoured to be the first Bell Dealer in the US for Bell’s State-of-the-Art 505,” said Dr. Gordon Jiroux, President, Universal Helicopters. “The Bell 505 is the perfect entry level helicopter for those wanting a more stable platform with all of today’s technological upgrades.”

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Bell explains the 505 is well suited for private charters, corporate executives, medical evacuations, utilities, public safety, pilot training and more. The light, single-engine helicopter offers what the company describes as a combination of rugged high performance, superior fuel efficiency and a low cost of acquisition and operation. Bell notes the 505 is the only dual-channel FADEC engine in its class, providing plenty of power at high altitudes. It also includes the all-glass G1000H all glass flight deck and panoramic windows for situational awareness.