Bell 505 Jet Ranger X gets FAA go-ahead

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X program team members gathered to proudly celebrate the deliveries.

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X program team members gathered to proudly celebrate the deliveries.

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – “another significant milestone in our journey to market entry for the Bell 505,” says Bell Helicopter President & CEO Mitch Snyder.

According to a company statement, Bell Helicopter will continue to work with other authorities around the globe to ensure the aircraft is certified to the fullest extent.

The short light single helicopter received type certification from Transport Canada in December of last year, followed by product certification and the first deliveries occuring last week. Three Canadian customers accepted delivery of their aircraft at the company’s facility in Mirabel. The aircraft are configured for corporate and utility missions to support the business operations of the customers.

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“It has been a particularly significant week for Bell Helicopter as three Bell 505s built in Canada take flight with these first Canadian customers,” adds Bell Helicopter/Textron Canada President Cynthia Garneau. “The Bell 505 symbolizes our return to the short-light-single market, a segment that Bell Helicopter defined 50 years ago.”

“The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is a very economical and highly versatile machine,” further explains Bell Helicopter/Textron Canada Regional Sales Manager Jason Moir. “It has found a niche among a large base of customers who want an aircraft capable of meeting their various lifestyle needs. Its adaptability makes it the ideal aircraft for private owners looking at it as a multi-purpose tool and is the perfect mix of luxury, utility and recreation.”

Powering the aircraft is Safran’s FADEC-equipped Arrius 2R engine, allowing for a speed of 125 kts. The cockpit features Garmin’s G1000H flight deck.