Bell’s Rotary Machines at EBACE
Bell Helicopter is a long-term supporter of EBACE, this year bringing to the static display two of its latest helicopters.
Largest of these is the twin-engine, four-blade Bell 429 GlobalRanger, now celebrating the tenth anniversary of its certification, initially by the FAA and Transport Canada. Approval is for single-pilot IFR with up to seven passengers.
Some 330 examples are currently in operation in 44 countries. The GlobalRanger on display is outfitted with Mecaer Aviation Group MAGnificent luxury interior, optimized for corporate flight.
Italy-based MAG introduced the four-seat VVIP interior five years ago, employing the style and exquisite craftsmanship for which its home country is renowned, and building on the success of having been previously selected by Bell for its “oil and gas producers” interior for the Bell 525 Relentless.
Swiss operator Héli-Alpes is the owner of the second aircraft on show, the single-engine, twin-rotor Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. This five-seat successor to the well-known Model 206 was certified just over two years ago, and 150 have been delivered since the first was received by the launch customer in March 2017.
Most are in private hands or used for training, but a significant delivery has concerned four for the Japan Coast Guard.
Says Bell: “The aircraft incorporates the familiarity of the Jet Ranger family with new advanced avionics technology and the option of the new Mecaer MAGnificent corporate interior. Its reliability, speed, performance and maneuverability are integrated with a flat floor and open cabin that is configurable for a wide variety of missions and payloads.”
After having been regularly seen on the Palexpo floor as a mock-up, the flying Jet Ranger X was an exhibit in the EBACE static display for the first time last year.