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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X cleared for high-altitude ops

6th June 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Bell Helicopter’s Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has received Type Certification for performance information expansion at up to 22,500ft density altitude.

The helicopter showed its performance capabilities during high-altitude flight testing in Nepal. Testing efforts included numerous take-offs and landings at density altitudes between 18,000 and 18,500ft as well as the evaluation of landings with the loss of control system hydraulic boost.

LaShan Bonaparte, program director, Bell 505 and Bell 429, said: ‘The Bell 505 is the most advanced short light single helicopter in the world, and we are proud to bring more performance to our operators' missions.

‘High-altitude demonstrations are another testament to the aircraft’s ability to perform in the most demanding environments, across a variety of segments.’

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