After an over six month wait while carrying out additional testing requested by the FAA, multiple confidential sources confirm that Bell Helicopter has allegedly received U.S. type certification for the new light single Bell 505 JRX. The type certificate achieved in the United States with no restrictions on June 7th, 2017.
Bell Helicopter’s 505 Jetranger X helicopter has received the long awaited U.S type certificate for the highly anticipated entrant to the short light single market. The type certificate taking a full six months longer than the first certification, given by Transport Canada in December 2016, followed by Australia’s CASA regulatory body certifying the helicopter in April of 2017.
“This is another significant milestone in our journey to market entry for the Bell 505,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO. “This aircraft incorporates the latest advancements in safety and aviation technology and we are extremely proud of our return to the short light single class of helicopters.”
The Bell 505 JRX was built to replace the gap left by the wind up of production of the iconic Bell 206 light single line that is still a widely utilized helicopter around the world. The new helicopter having secured between 250-300 orders and LOI’s since the concept unveiling at the 2014 HAI Heli-Expo show in Anaheim, California. The 505 was also developed differently than any previous model, involving a group of experienced customers in the design and development process, while using key legacy parts from the Bell 206L4 helicopter that allowed the new helicopter to obtain initial certification in record time by the use of pre-certified parts that sped up the approvals process by many years when compared to a conventional design that would require new parts to be certified individually.
“Bell Helicopter will continue to work with other certification authorities around the globe. Through the flight test program, the Bell 505 underwent rigorous certification activities and achieved more than 1,000 flight test hours. The Bell Helicopter Training Academy is also prepared for entry into service with customer training, and the flight training device and coursework are all on track.”
Bell 505 Features
Engine: Safran (HE) Arrius 2R dual channel FADEC
Dual Garmin G1000H 10.4-inch (26.4 cm) displays
High inertia legacy Jet Ranger rotor system
Top Speed: 125 knots (232 km/h)
Useful load: 1,500 pounds (680 kg)
Note: This post has been updated to reflect information from the Bell Helicopter official press release sent out after initial posting of this story.
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