The July 6, 2015, issue of The Weekly of Business Aviation, reports on the first Bell Helicopter Model 525 flight and the introduction of the Eclipse Special Edition:

Bell Helicopter Completes First Flight Of Model 525

Bell Helicopter has completed the first flight of its Model 525 fly-by-wire super medium helicopter.

The long-awaited flight took place July 1 at the company’s facility in Amarillo, Texas, where production 525s will be assembled. Test pilots Jeff Greenwood and Troy Caudill performed a 30-min. flight, starting with taxi testing, before executing some limited maneuvering, hovering and low-speed handling quality checks, all despite 20-kt. winds.

The Model 525 is the first Western commercial helicopter to be equipped with a fly-by-wire control system, something the company hopes will be a key selling point because of the reduced pilot workload and automation the system can provide.

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One Aviation Introduces Special Edition Eclipse 500

One Aviation, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has announced a revamped Eclipse “Special Edition” twin-engine Eclipse 500 aircraft that includes the features and available options of an Eclipse 550.

The Eclipse SE has a base price of $2.195 million and is a factory-renewed Eclipse 500 that includes a Dual Avio Integrated Flight Management System, anti-skid brake system, pilot-side Standby Display Unit, PPG glass windshields, new interior and two-tone paint scheme.

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