Bell Helicopter has commenced a four-month demonstration tour across Japan for its new 505 Jet Ranger X. The demonstration tour in Japan for the type marks the first time the new light helicopter has been displayed in Japan.
“Customers throughout Japan continue to have a strong interest in the Bell 505’s capabilities, and we are thrilled to showcase this state-of-the-art aircraft to our customers here,” said Richard Thorley, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of Japan. “The aircraft continues to exceed performance expectations, and will undoubtedly continue to draw attention from our customers.”
“With advancements in safety, performance and capability and the price point, the Bell 505 is proving to be a leader in the short light single market around the world. In Japan, we have already received significant interest from many customers,” added Thornley.
Over the course of the next four months, the Bell 505 will be showcased at various customer sites and events in Japan, the United States Embassy and the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016.
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has a cruise speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and a range of 360 nautical miles (667 km). It will be able to carry a useful load of 1,500 pounds (608 kg).
The rotorcraft will have a state-of-the-art Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite and pilot workload is further reduced by the Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine with dual channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).