Bell’s fleet of 360 Model 505 light single turbine helicopters has amassed 100,000 flight hours since initial deliveries in 2017. This latest milestone comes just 18 months after the then-260-strong Jet Ranger X fleet marked 50,000 flight hours.
“This significant achievement further demonstrates our customers’ admiration for the platform and its versatility as it enhances private, utility, training, and public safety flights,” said Lane Evans, the director of Bell 505 sales and support. Bell has delivered the 505 into more than 59 countries and marked its 60th delivery into Europe to the Montenegro Air Force.
The five-seat 505 cruises at 125 knots and has a 360-nm maximum range. It features a fully integrated Garmin G1000H NXi avionics suite and Safran Arrius 2R turboshaft engine. A variety of options can be added to the base Garmin system, including synthetic vision (HSVT), helicopter synthetic terrain avoidance warning system (HTAWS), the GTS 800 traffic advisory system, and the GRA 5500 radar altimeter. Other factory and third-party options include a VIP interior from Mecaer, medevac interior, 2,000-pound capacity external cargo hook, bear paws, Dart emergency floats, and HeliSAS stability augmentation autopilot system.