LONDON – Bell Helicopter has performed the first flight of its new Model 505 Jet Ranger X light turbine helicopter. The aircraft, which is being targeted to the general aviation and training market, took to the air Nov. 10 at the company’s Mirabel facility outside Montreal, following several weeks of preparation ground runs. Test pilots Yann Lavalle and Eric Emblin conducted a low-speed controllability assessment of the aircraft by flying two laps of the traffic pattern at the ...

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