Bell Textron announced on Thursday that it has delivered its 400th Bell 505 Jet Ranger X single-engine helicopter. The aircraft went to U.K.-based Cotswold Aviation owner and Grenade co-founder Al Barratt, who took delivery of the helicopter during a ceremony held at Bell’s facility in Mirabel, Canada. The 505 received its Transport Canada type certificate in December 2016 followed by its FAA type certificate in June 2017.
“The Bell 505 is an incredible aircraft, and we are proud to celebrate the 400th delivery to Mr. Barratt,” said LaShan Bonaparte, Bell vice president for commercial sales. “The Bell 505 provides outstanding performance capabilities, modern avionics and a versatile cabin for our customers. This will be a great addition to Cotswold Aviation’s fleet.”
The five-seat Bell 505 offers a top cruise speed of 125 knots, 306-NM range, 1,500-pound internal useful load and 2,295-pound external useful load. It is powered by the Safran Arrius 2R engine and equipped with the Garmin G1000H NXi avionics suite. As previously reported by AVweb, the global 505 fleet passed the 100,000-flight-hour mark last February.