Bell Helicopters hit a milestone on Thursday, delivering its 400th Bell 505, five years after the first delivery of the five-seat helicopter.
Textron delivered it to Al Barratt, co-founder of Grenade and owner of Cotswold Aviation, both based in the United Kingdom.
Barratt received the customized Bell 505 at a delivery ceremony at Bell's Mirabel, Canada facility.
"Flying in the 505 is a unique experience and a perfect solution for business travel around the UK and other parts of Europe," said Mr. Barratt. "This aircraft enables me to save time throughout my day by avoiding traffic and gets me quickly and safely to my destination. I'm already operating two single-engine fixed-wing aircraft, and I've been looking for the ‘rotary equivalent' of those machines. This stunning 505 fits my mission perfectly, blending performance and technology while reducing pilot workload."RELATED STORIES:Bell 505 fleet reaches 100,000 flight hours Bell, Safran partner to bring sustainable aviation fuel to Bell 505Since its introduction, Bell has continued to introduce technologies for the Bell 505 including an enhanced avionic suite and auto-pilot capabilities.
Features include a fully integrated Garmin G1000H NXi avionics suite and Safran Arrius 2R engine with a dual-channel FADEC that provides maximized situational awareness and workload, in addition to its large cabin and panoramic window views.
"The Bell 505 is an incredible aircraft, and we are proud to celebrate the 400th delivery to Mr. Barratt," said LaShan Bonaparte, vice president of commercial sales for Bell. "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."