Bell 505 mockup starts 10-stop tour of Brazil

Bell 505 mockup starts 10-stop tour of Brazil 7 Sep, 15, Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the demonstration tour of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mockup kicked off, September 3, in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil.

Balneário Camboriú is the first of 10 stops throughout Brazil for the Bell 505 demo tour taking place from September to November. The nine other cities on the tour include:

Curitiba, Paraná
Belo Horizonte
Vitória
Salvador
Goiania
Ribeirão Preto
São Paulo
Rio de Janeiro
Angra dos Reis

Current and potential customers will have an oportunity to see how the Bell 505 redefines the short light single product class of helicopters with a fully integrated glass flight deck, providing unparalleled crew situational awareness, enhanced safety levels, and reduced pilot workload. Customers and followers can keep track of the Bell 505’s progress through Brazil on Bell Helicopter’s social media accounts.

Demand for the Bell 505 continues to intensify around the world, with more than 350 letters of intent (LOI) worldwide and more than 35 from customers throughout Brazil. The five-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter leverages Bell Helicopter’s proven technology and nearly half a century of experience defining the short light single market with the original Bell JetRanger.

“The Bell 505 offers an exceptional combination of value, performance and features available on the market today and customers are responding,” said Jay Ortiz, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of Latin American sales. “We are thrilled to showcase the capabilities of this aircraft throughout the region.”

With a cruise speed of 125 knots (232 km/h), range of 360 nautical miles (667 km) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (608 kg), the Bell 505 is designed to be safe and easy to fly while remaining affordably priced. The customer-driven design of the aircraft places safety, performance and affordability at the forefront, blending proven systems with advanced technology and a sleek, modern design. The Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite provides pilots critical flight information at a glance to maximize situational awareness. Pilot workload is further reduced by the Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine with dual channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).

About Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell’s global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit www.textron.comwww.textron.com.

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