air.one – 2018 Helicopter of the Year

Building on an astonishing legacy, Bell Flight have produced a superb new 5 seat light turbine helicopter perhaps in response to the Robinson R44 and more specifically the R66 helicopters that have been chipping away at the Bell 206 JetRanger and LongRanger market for some time now. Perhaps they simply decided after 50 years of continuous production of the legendary 206, it was time for some updates.

 

Either way they have delighted us with a sensational aircraft, with innovations such as the Garmin G1000H (standard) and Dual-Channel FADEC Safran (Turbomeca) Arrius 2R.

 

With a genuine 125kts cruise speed and power to spare, the enhanced situational awareness in the cockpit (including Synthetic Vision), push button start and contemporary design, the 505 is expected to be great performer for Bell. There is some resistance to the Arrius engine as being that it is notoriously expensive to maintain relative to the Rolls-Royce Allison 250, however this is quickly forgotten about when you experience the delight of the FADEC enhanced start and shutdown.

“ THE BEST VALUE TURBINE HELICOPTER ON THE MARKET, WITH G1000 AND FADEC, WE WANT TO FLY IT AGAIN… AND AGAIN! ” @aironeteam

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The Bell 505 punches way above its weight especially when it comes to ‘Standard’ spec innovations:

  • General Features: Dual-Channel FADEC powerplant, high-skids.
  • Avionics: Garmin G1000H Cockpit for enhanced situational awareness for the single pilot, 1 x PFD and 1 x MFD, standard with EICAS, Fuel Flow, Automated Power Assurance Check, GPS / Nav / Com with WAAS.
  • Cabin Features: Flat floor, quick change seat configuration, double opening doors for ease of loading.
  • Cabin Design: Moving away from the bulkhead of the traditional JetRanger, the 505cabin offers R66 and H125 like visibility, energy attenuating seats can be quickly reconfigured to utility depending on the mission and a generous external baggage compartment.