Bell delivers 60th Bell 505 helicopter in Europe


A Montenegro Air Force Bell 505. Courtesy of Bell.

Bell Textron announced the delivery of its 60th Bell 505 helicopter in Europe. Delivery was taken by the Montenegro Air Force.

Patrick Moulay, senior vice president, International Business, said: “This achievement is a testament to the performance of the Bell 505 and our customers’ confidence in the aircraft. We see momentum in demand for the aircraft across international markets.

The Bell 505 flies a range of missions such as private owner, utility, aerial inspections, public safety, military training, and tourism. Some of Bell’s 505 customers, in addition to the Montenegro Air Force, include: ABR Invest, Elicompany, Centaurium Aviation and Mountainflyers.

“With the 505, sightseeing passengers fit nicely and enjoy great front and side visibility,” said Christoph Graf, pilot & CEO, Mountainflyers.

Predrag Boskovic, former minister of Defence, Montenegro Air Force, said: “With a small country and small military force, the key is modernisation. We believe that the helicopters are of high quality, and this gives us security knowing they allow us to complete the mission.”

Bell delivers European aircraft from its support center in Prague, while supplying parts from the Bell Supply Center in Amsterdam Bell 505 training is offered through HeliDeal in France.

Bell recently announced plans – through a partnership with jet charter company Wheels Up – to develop short- and long-term solutions for  vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The collaboration aims to address the growing demand for convenient intra-urban travel from/to city-centres and regional airport helipads.