Bell Helicopter has delivered the first three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters destined for the Chinese market.
These are the first three aircraft of 110 ordered in 2017 by Reignwood International Investment Group Company Ltd, launch operator and exclusive authorised reseller in China for the 505. This first delivery follows the recent certification of the Bell 505 by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Jet Ranger X
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is a five-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter. It is the first helicopter in its class equipped with the Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite, which provides critical flight information at a glance to maximise situational awareness. The aircraft also incorporates Safran Helicopter Engines Arrius 2R with dual channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).
The helicopter is designed to meet a wide variety of missions with its flat floor, increased cabin volume and clam shell doors, offering configuration flexibility. The Bell 505 cargo hook has been approved by the FAA to carry up to 2,000 lbs., including water for firefighting operations. The first three Bell 505s in China will be used for air tourism, medical and agriculture missions.
Cynthia Garneau, president of Bell Canada, said: “Our team in Mirabel is extremely proud to have built and to deliver the first aircraft to Reignwood. This is a very important milestone for Bell in Asia-Pacific and we are thrilled to contribute to the development of the commercial rotorcraft industry in China.”