Fort Worth, Texas – Bell Helicopter recently announced Type Certification for performance information expansion at up to 22,500 feet density altitude for its 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter.
“High-altitude demonstrations are another testament to the aircraft’s ability to perform in the most demanding environments, across a variety of segments,” said LaShan Bonaparte, program director, Bell 505 and Bell 429.
This spring, the Bell 505 helicopter showcased several performance capabilities during a successful high-altitude flight test demonstration in Nepal. Testing efforts included numerous take offs and landings at density altitudes between 18,000 and 18,500 feet as well as the evaluation of landings with the loss of control system hydraulic boost.
With a speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kg), Bell says the 505 is designed to be safe and easy to fly while providing significant value to the operator. The Bell 505 has crossed the 13,000-flight hour mark and is flying across six continents.