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Transport Canada Certifies Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Aircraft Was First Introduced In 2013

Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) has granted type certification to Bell Helicopter for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.

Unveiled in 2013, the new, five-seat helicopter went from concept to a successful first flight in 20 months. Since then, the aircraft has flown more than 1,000 flight hours and undergone rigorous activities to ensure customers have superior handling qualities and payload performance.
 
Transport Canada, federal officials and Safran Helicopter Engines joined Bell Helicopter at its Mirabel facility to commemorate the achievement.

“Today’s announcement reaffirms Bell Helicopter’s unwavering commitment to product development and the introduction of new and enhanced products to the marketplace,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell Helicopter’s President and CEO. “The Bell 505 is truly a game changer in the short light single market, and we are proud of the excellent team that drove this program through certification as well as our suppliers, customers, certification authorities and the customer advisory panel that worked with us every step of the way.”

More than 400 letters of intent worldwide since the initial launch in 2014. The Bell 505 offers the Safran Helicopter Engines Arrius 2R engine that incorporates the dual channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). A fully integrated Garmin G1000H flight deck features dual 10.4-inch displays, which provide critical flight information for crews at a glance. Through Bell Helicopter’s high inertia rotor system, Bell Helicopter has demonstrated throughout the flight test program exceptional autorotation capability that is part of the Jet Ranger legacy.

The aircraft has a cruise speed of 125 knots, range of 340 nautical miles and useful load of 1,470 pounds.

The Bell Helicopter Training Academy is prepared for entry into service with customer training, and the flight training device and coursework are all on track.

(Images provided with Textron Aviation news release and from file)

FMI: www.txtav.com

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