Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at HAI Heli-Expo 2022 the delivery of a Bell 505 to Beach Mosquito Control District (BMCD). Located in Panama City Beach, FL, the organization will leverage aerial support from the Bell 505 to administer insect-repellant spray and maintain a high-quality environment for its residents.
“Since its entry into service, our customers continuously praise the platform for its unparalleled performance during utility operations,” said Lane Evans, managing director, North America. “The Bell 505 combines an affordable price point with low operating costs and advanced technology, and we’re thrilled BMCD has selected this aircraft to support its community.”
BMCD seeks to protect the public health, safety and welfare by using science-based, environmentally sensitive, integrated mosquito control techniques employing public education, surveillance, source reduction, biological control and the judicious use of pesticides to enhance the quality of life for District residents.
“BMCD is thrilled to use the Bell 505 to enhance our mosquito control efforts for Panama City Beach residents,” said James Clauson, president, BMCD. “We look forward to working with Bell as we integrate the Bell 505 into our operations and demonstrate the utility benefits of this aircraft.” BMCD is the first Mosquito Control District in the US to utilize the Bell 505 to combat mosquitoes.
There are more than 320 Bell 505s operating in more than 55 countries across six continents, surpassing 100,000 total fleet flight hours. The aircraft is designed by a team of pilots and industry experts to offer significant value to public agencies, municipalities and business operations at an affordable cost.