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Bell delivers 400th Bell 505

by Alud Davies

Bell delivers 400th Bell 505

Bell Helicopter has delivered its 400th Bell 505 Helicopter, five years after it delivered the first.

The 400th helicopter was delivered to Al Barrett, the UK-based co-founder of Cotswold Aviation and Grenade.

Bell delivered the helicopter during a special ceremony at its Montreal Mirabel facility in Canada on August 4th.

“The Bell 505 is an incredible aircraft, and we are proud to celebrate the 400th delivery to Mr. Barratt,” said LaShan Bonaparte, vice president, Commercial Sales, 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.”

The company says that in the five years of deliveries, it has delivered Bell 505 helicopters to six continents.

“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.”

According to Global Sky Media’s 2021 Asia-Pacific Civil Helicopter Report, operators and owners in the region took delivery of 15 Bell 505s during 2021, making it the most delivered helicopter type in APAC.

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