Bell Supplies Airframes to Japan, PBN Procedures with Hughes to China

By Staff Writer | March 6, 2015
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Bell Helicopter has announced that SECO International of Japan has entered into a letter of intent to order 10 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The announcement was made as part of a formal signing ceremony at Bell Helicopter’s booth during HAI Heli-Expo 2015, in Orlando, Fla.


Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X was designed based on extensive input from a Customer Advisory Council placing safety, performance and affordability at the forefront of its design. It was built upon the features and capabilities of the legendary Bell JetRanger with a new, sleek design and advanced technologies. SECO International will use its new Bell airframes for passenger transport, sightseeing, aerial photography and TV broadcasting.


Bell has also contracted Hughes Aerospace Corporation to develop performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures for use by operators flying Bell helicopters with advanced onboard navigation systems in China. The selection process for the first location in China is underway.


Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter

Performance-based navigation (PBN) is a general term that defines navigation performance requirements for an air traffic route, instrument procedure, or defined portion of airspace. PBN provides safer and improved access to airspace, reducing the possibility of Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT), and improves all-weather helicopter navigation. Satellite-based navigation delivers lower approach minima resulting in fewer weather-related delays and diversions, fuel savings due to less flight time through optimized routing, and more reliable, repeatable flight paths.

“Performance-based navigation is a real win for our operators in China,” said Chris Jaran, vice president and managing director for Bell Helicopter in China. “PBN allows our customers safer and optimized access to airspace, allowing them to fly more direct approaches and departures helicopters are suited for, rather than having to fly circuitous IFR-based or fixed wing aircraft patterns.”

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