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505th Bell 505 helicopter delivered

It will be configured for corporate transportation

Bell Textron Inc. announced the delivery of the 505th Bell 505 aircraft to North America based operator, Austin Claborn. The aircraft will be configured for corporate transportation.

Certified by Transport Canada in 2016, the aircraft is one of Bell’s fastest growing commercial programs to date. The aircraft’s fleet has surpassed more than 185,000 flight hours with aircraft operating on six continents worldwide.

The delivery ceremony took place at the Bell Textron Canada Ltd. facility in Mirabel, Quebec where more than 1,400 highly skilled employees are responsible for Bell’s current commercial production line (including the 505, 407GXi, 429 and 412EPX). To date, the company has built and delivered more than 5,800 commercial helicopters.

With a speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kg), the model is Bell’s new five-seat aircraft designed using advanced avionics technology. It incorporates proven dynamic components, advanced aerodynamic design, a FADEC Safran Arrius 2R engine.

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