Mountainflyers and Bell: Looking Back on 2,000 Successful Flight Hours with the 505

Mountainflyers started its operations with the Bell 505 over two years ago, having taken delivery of its first 505 in March 2020. Today, it operates a fleet of three Bell 505s at three different locations, which between them have already accumulated a milestone 2,000 flight hours.

Thanks to the aircraft’s impressive versatility, Mountainflyers’ utilization of the 505 is diverse - it includes training, passenger transport, aerial photography and utility work. A total of 15 pilots and instructors regularly fly the aircraft, and a further 45 private pilots trained by Mountainflyers often charter the aircraft too.

Despite the beginning of Mountainflyers’ journey with the Bell 505 coinciding with the start of the global pandemic, its fleet quickly grew, and the remaining aircraft arrived later in 2020.

Throughout 2021, Mountainflyers’ use of the 505 gained real momentum, and by June, the fleet had already surpassed 1,000 flight hours. For pilots and passengers, the aircraft have created countless memorable experiences, many involving breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps. In November, one of Mountainflyers’ 505s became the centerpiece of the Bell stand at the inaugural European Rotors show in Cologne, Germany.

“Mountainflyers concluded after extensive testing of the Bell 505 that this helicopter meets all the requirements of the company. Because of its adaptability to many flying environments, the 505 can be used in a wide variety of missions,” said Christoph Graf, CEO, Mountainflyers.

“It clearly stood out from the competition due to its strong price and performance ratio and the outstanding service provided by the Bell Independent Representative in Switzerland. The modern avionics and spacious cabin with generous all-round visibility convinced us that this was the best aircraft for our requirements.”

For Mountainflyers, the full authority digital engine control (FADEC) comes into its own. By significantly reducing the pilot's workload during start-up, it means the 505 is as suitable for its experienced pilots as it is for Mountainflyers’ beginner students.

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“The pilots appreciate the stable flight characteristics as well as the modern avionics with the Garmin G1000H glass cockpit. As we do lots of mountain flying with high altitude landings, the 505’s impressive performance is a crucial factor. Customers enjoy the spacious cabin too and, above all, the impressive panoramic view,” added Graf.

Mountainflyers regularly uses the Bell 505 for basic and advanced pilot training. That includes MOU mountain training, requiring landings at altitudes of up to 13,500 ft. The combination of the 505’s class-leading performance and latest technology designed to reduce pilot workload means it’s the ideal machine for the job.

Last year, Mountainflyers continued the expansion of its Bell fleet with the addition of two Bell 407GXis which it mostly uses for sightseeing, passenger transport and pilot training.

“The way Mountainflyers uses its 505s showcases what an incredibly versatile platform it is. Not just in terms of the wide scope of missions it can be used for, but also because of its exceptional performance characteristics which makes it well-suited to the high-altitude environments that Mountainflyers regularly operates in,” said Duncan Van De Velde, managing director, Europe, Bell.

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“We look forward to continuing our close relationship with Mountainflyers and we’re confident their 505s will continue to create unforgettable experiences for their customers and even inspire a new generation of pilots in Switzerland,” emphasized Van De Velde.

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