Bell 505 Jet Ranger X – Program Update

Flight testing for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is pushing ahead with flight test vehicles 1-3 all having achieved first flight and undergoing a variety of tests. Below are the updates for each flight test vehicle (FTV) as of August 21, 2015. Read More

Bell Helicopter Celebrates Bell 505 Lafayette Assembly Center Grand Opening

On August 27, Bell Helicopter announced that the Bell Helicopter Lafayette Assembly Center is officially open for business in Lafayette, La., where the company will assemble the new commercial helicopter, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Read More


Successful First Flight of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

On November 10, Bell Helicopter announced the successful first flight of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter. The maiden flight took place at the Mirabel, Québec, manufacturing facility. Read More


The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X: Maintenance Built on Proven Technology

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is designed to customer specifications, combining proven systems with the latest advancements in rotorcraft technology. However, we know one of the most important factors for our customers is how we support their helicopter and keep it flying after the initial sale. To make sure the Jet Ranger X lives up to our standards of award-winning service and support, we gave our customers a large voice in designing a maintenance program that would best meet their needs. Read More


JL Aviation Selects the Jet Ranger X for Future Growth

With more than 25 years of experience flying aircraft, Jeffrey Linscott, president of J.L. Aviation, Inc., knew the helicopter he wanted to continue his company’s success. A long-time Bell Helicopter customer, Linscott was one of the first to sign a purchase agreement for the game-changing Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Read More


Bell Helicopter Announces General Manager for new Lafayette Facility

Fort Worth, TX (June 3, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today Paul Watts has accepted the position of general manager of the new Lafayette aircraft assembly facility. The site, announced in late 2013, will be the home of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X program. Watts will assume this new role immediately while also maintaining his current position as Bell 505 program manager through the end of the year. As general manager, he will be responsible for day-to-day operations and strategic growth plans in Lafayette. His immediate priorities include building a high performance team as well as leading the creation of the new facility’s business systems, processes, and resource allocation. Read More


Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to make European Debut at EBACE 2014

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (May 19, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has announced its plans for the 14th annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, EBACE, in Geneva, Switzerland, held May 20 to May 22. The Company will showcase its latest commercial product offerings including the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ aircraft mockup and Macaer’s new VVIP Bell 429 cabin mock up. In addition, a customer-owned Bell 429 aircraft in corporate configuration will be on display. Read More


Bell Helicopter Sells Five Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Aircraft to Aerochine Aviation

SHANGHAI, CHINA (April 15, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company (NYSE: TXT) announced a signed purchase agreement for five Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ aircraft to Aerochine Aviation during a signing ceremony at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE). Read More


Changing the Way the World Buys: The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Online Ordering Process

What if you could customize your next commercial helicopter from the comfort of your couch? The new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ allows you to do exactly that, thanks to the configuration and ordering tools found right here on this site. Just select the “Build Yours” function on the top right of the homepage and you’ll be able to build your own dream aircraft and be put directly in touch with a sales representative to complete the process. Read More


Bell Helicopter Announces Helisul Agreements for the Bell 429 and Bell 505

Fort Worth, TX (March 14, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Helisul Air Taxi ordered a new Bell 429 and also signed purchase agreements for three new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft at Heli-Expo 2014, further adding to the company’s growing fleet. This was part of the nearly 200 total agreements announced at the end of the show. Read More


The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Takes Center Stage at Heli-Expo

For nearly 50 years, Bell Helicopter’s legendary JetRanger has been one of the most iconic commercial helicopters on the market. Thousands of pilots have flown and trained on this legendary machine and many are still in use today. But, in conversations with Bell Helicopter customers and operators, there was a growing need to develop a new, modern aircraft that combines the features, capabilities and support customers have come to expect from Bell Helicopter. Read More


Bell Helicopter Unveils the Game Changing Bell 505 Jet Ranger X during HELI-EXPO 2014

Anaheim, CA (February 25, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, revealed today at HELI-Expo 2014 the Bell 505 Jet Ranger XTM – designed to redefine the short light single(SLS) class. Hundreds of attendees gathered at booth 4536 to witness the unveiling of the newest generation of Bell helicopters.  Read More


Bell Helicopter Opens HELI-EXPO 2014 with a Customer-Driven Focus

Anaheim, CA – February 25, 2014 – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), opened HELI-EXPO 2014 today at booth 4536 with a number of new announcements and models, headlined by the official introduction of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X TM, the newly named aircraft designed for the short light single market. Three different aircraft mockups are on display at the booth and a new online ordering system was also launched to the public. In addition, the booth included a new mockup of the Bell 525 Relentless configured for search and rescue missions, a Bell 407GX, and a Bell 429WLG. Key program and segment leaders will provide customer presentations in Mission Theater Wednesday and Thursday at the booth, and Bell Helicopter will also conduct flight demonstrations at the show.  Read More


Bell Helicopter Announces Plans to Showcase Customer-Driven Products at Heli-Expo 2014

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (February 21, 2014)Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces its show plans for the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition, HELI-EXPO 2014. Hosted by the Helicopter Association International (HAI), HELI-EXPO 2014 will be held February 25-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. With the opportunity to meet with current and prospective customers, Bell Helicopter plans to showcase a number of aircraft and program updates, including its progress on the newest products designed with continuous customer input – the Bell SLS and Bell 525 Relentless…  Read More


Bell Helicopter Announces New Helicopter Assembly Facility in Louisiana

Lafayette, LA – December 10, 2013 –Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison announced the company will build its new SLS helicopter line at Lafayette Regional Airport, leading to the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility in Louisiana history. The project will create 115 new direct jobs averaging more than $55,000 per year, plus benefits, while Bell will invest $11.4 million in equipment and tooling. LED estimates the aerospace project will result in another 136 new, permanent indirect jobs, for a total of more than 250 new jobs in Acadiana. Bell Helicopter selected Louisiana for the new facility after a highly competitive site-selection process in which several states were seriously considered…  Read More


Bell Helicopter to Equip New Short Light Single Aircraft with Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics System

Fort Worth, Texas – September 24, 2013 – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a long-term contract with the global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), to provide the G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite for Bell Helicopter’s new short light single (SLS) aircraft. The all-glass avionics system digitally presents critical flight information to the pilot via high-resolution LCD displays and reduces overall pilot workload… read more