Bell Helicopter reported on Saturday at the Dubai Airshow that its Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has received EASA certification. The light single helicopter already has certification from civil certification authorities in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan.
“This is an important milestone for the Bell 505, and the timing of the news is very exciting,” said executive v-p of customer support and services Glen Isbell. “We are hosting our first Bell 505 European operators this month at our Bell training academy in Fort Worth, and the first aircraft in the region is scheduled to be delivered at the beginning of 2018.”
The $1.07 million Bell 505 Jet Ranger X features a flat floor with an open cabin that can be configured to carry up to four passengers or be adapted for other mission needs. In fact, the company has shown an EMS interior for the Model 505 that it has developed in cooperation with Air Methods. Earlier this year, Bell delivered the first 505 Jet Ranger X to Pylon Aviation owner Scott Urschel at the Heli-Expo show.