JAKARTA: Bell Textron has made a successful sale and delivery of two Bell 505 helicopters to the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL). The newly acquired helicopters will be utilised as basic helicopter trainers.
“The Bell 505, which has surpassed 50,000 flight hours globally, is an excellent aircraft for training pilots to fly today’s modern aircraft with integrated glass flight decks, ADEC controlled engines, and other advanced technologies,” said Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Bell, Jose Jacinto Monge.
“We are honoured that the Indonesian Navy has selected the Bell 505 as its basic helicopter trainer, and we look forward to supporting the training of its next generation of rotorcraft pilots,” he added.
This delivery brings TNI-AL’s Bell fleet to five aircraft, which already includes three Bell 412 helicopters. More than 100 Bell helicopters are operating in the military and commercial segments in Indonesia.
The Bell 505 is Bell’s newest five-seat aircraft designed for safety, efficiency and reliability. The aircraft features Garmin avionics and dual channel FADEC-controlled engine, There are more than 300 Bell 505s operating in 55 countries across all six continents. –shp/kf/aaa (PHOTO: Bell)