Bell improves commercial aircraft portfolio with new technological enhancements

Bell Textron Inc. has announced new equipment enhancements across its current in-production commercial aircraft, the company said.

The Bell 505 delivers unmatched cost of operation and is the most mission adaptable aircraft in the short light single market. As a testament to the Bell 505´s mission versatility, the aircraft is currently performing corporate, helicopter emergency services, public safety, tourism and electronic news gathering across 50 countries worldwide. The Garmin G1000H NXi Flight Deck is now standard equipment for 2020 production aircraft or available for retrofit on existing Bell 505s, delivering enhanced situational awareness and reduced pilot workload.

Following FAA certification for single-pilot Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and Bell Autopilot – 3rd Axis, the Bell 407GXi´s new IFR capability allows all-weather operations while continuing to provide multi-mission capabilities reliably and effectively.

The Precise Flight Pulselite system will now be included as standard equipment on all new Bell 407GXi aircraft. When enabled, the Pulselite system alternately pulses the landing and taxi lights to enhance the visibility of the aircraft to traffic and birds. The Pulselite system has a direct impact on reducing the number of bird strikes and is available by Bell as an aftermarket installation.

All Bell Subaru Bell 412EPX and Bell 429 aircraft now feature the second-generation BasilXPro avionic suites produced by Astronautics. The new Avionics come with several enhancements, most notably being nearly three pounds lighter per display unit, lower power consumption, expanded route mapping with five levels of declutter and a two-second power-up time.

Bell Textron Inc. is an American aerospace manufacturer headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. A subsidiary of Textron, Bell manufactures military rotorcraft at facilities in Fort Worth, and Amarillo, Texas, as well as commercial helicopters in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.