Bell 525 Completes More Than 50 Customer Demonstration Flights

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When you need an aircraft capable of performing a wide variety of missions under challenging weather conditions, having advanced technology and unmatched reliability are essential. For the energy industry, that aircraft is the Bell 525 Relentless. During our month-long demonstration tour in the U.S., Bell captured the attention of more than 500 prospective customers who had the opportunity to experience the Bell 525. The Bell team hosted more than 50 demonstrations to showcase its advanced operating capabilities to eager prospective customers.

“The Bell 525 is a phenomenally unique flying experience. It is incredibly smooth and intuitive, simple to operate, and blends complex advancements into an impressive pilot and passenger experience. Bell raised the bar with next-generation technology, and the 525 stands poised to usher in a new era in vertical lift,” said James Maner, chief pilot, PHI Americas.

Visiting rotorcraft facilities in Houston, TX; Mobile, AL; Bristol, TN; Lafyette, LA; and Washington, D.C., the tour attracted customers in the oil and gas, military, and search and rescue (SAR) industries for its reliability, generous seating for up to 16 passengers, and ability to successfully navigate during offshore operations.

No matter what type of challenging environment, the Bell 525 allows operators to safely perform any mission with its best-in-class design technologies. This 21st century aircraft is on its way to becoming the first certified commercial fly-by-wire (FBW) helicopter in the global marketplace. Groundbreaking FBW technologies allow operators to tackle their toughest missions with ease.

“I was really excited to fly in the Bell 525 Relentless. It was so stable, smooth and quiet. As a passenger, it felt more like riding in an airliner,” said Mike Hirschberg, executive director, Vertical Flight Society, after participating in one of the demonstrations.

The Bell 525 mockup will be on display for the first time at the 2022 ONS Conference and Exhibit in Stavanger, Norway from Aug. 27 to Sept. 2. Show attendees will be able to tour the aircraft configured with an oil and gas interior set-up, ideal for customers in the oil and gas transport industry.

Follow along for live updates at the show: Bell at ONS 2022.

About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 85 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of advanced air mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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