The Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X, a five-seat multi-mission helicopter, has achieved certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). The light helicopter progressed quickly through certification after its unveiling at Heli Expo in 2014.
“The Bell 505 is truly a game changer in the short light single market, and we are proud of the excellent team that drove this program through certification as well as our suppliers, customers, certification authorities and the customer advisory panel that worked with us every step of the way,” said Bell Helicopter president and CEO Mitch Snyder.
More than 1,000 flight test hours were done prior to certification. While no one can accurately predict when the FAA will sign off its paperwork, it is likely to happen some time next year.
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X features the highly capable Garmin G1000H flight deck, with two 10.4-inch displays, and is powered by a fadec controlled Safran (Turbomeca) Arrius 2R engine producing 504 shp for takeoff. The cruise speed for the helicopter is 125 knots and it can fly up to 340 nm. The stellar 1,470-pound useful load makes the 505 applicable to a variety of missions, including VIP transport, flight training, law enforcement, military missions and more. Bell has accepted more than 400 letters of intent for the Jet Ranger X.
Learn more about the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X here.