Universal Helicopters (UHI) is partnering with Bell to deliver pilot training in the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light turbine single. New pilots can receive ab initio, private pilot, commercial, and rotary-wing add-on training in the 505 at UHI locations, including Scottsdale and Prescott, Arizona, with instructors who have been approved by the Bell Training Academy and use Bell's proprietary coursework.
UHI is the only approved Bell training center in the U.S. and operates a “Bell Center of Excellence” at UHI’s Dallas location. UHI also can provide training at customer locations on demand. The company uses the Bell 206B to provide initial and refresher flight training in accordance with Bell's curriculum and is a long-time operator of that model for both instructional and Part 135 operations. UHI and sister company Universal Flight Concepts also operate collegiate programs in cooperation with Baylor University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Nearly 300 customers operate the Bell 505 worldwide. Powered by a 459-shp Safran Arrius 2R engine, the 505 features an anti-vibration system and Garmin G1000H NXi avionics.