Textron’s [TXT] Bell Helicopter division has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency to deliver its 505 Jet Ranger X light helicopter to its customers in Europe.
The first 505 Jet Ranger X was delivered in May 2017, and has now received certification from safety authorities in the U.S., Australia, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, and now Europe.
“This is a significant milestone for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and I know our customers in Europe are thrilled to hear the news as well,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell’s executive vice president of commercial sales and marketing, in a statement. “Our mission with the Bell 505 was to reclaim the short single light market while honoring the Jet Ranger legacy and the phenomenal customer response is evidence we are on track.”
The short light single-engine. Bell 505 is designed for high maneuverability and is built with a flat floor, open cabin for a wide range of missions and payloads.
“This is an important milestone for the Bell 505 and the timing of the news is very exciting,” said Glenn Isbell, Bell’s executive vice president of customer support and services, in a statement. “We are hosting our first Bell 505 European operators this month at our Bell Training Academy in Fort Worth and the first aircraft in the region is scheduled to be delivered at the beginning of 2018.”