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First Bell 505 Lands On African Continent

By Walt Evans | September 6, 2018
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The aircraft was shipped from Bell’s facility in Mirabel, Canada to Africair Helicopter Support Limited (AHSL), a newly established Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Authorized Maintenance Organization where the aircraft was reassembled. This Bell 505 was the first work in the newly established facility, located in Ruiru. (Bell photo)

A Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has arrived in Kenya, marking the first of the Bell-manufactured type in Africa, the company announced Wednesday.
While over 100 Bell 505s have already been delivered worldwide, Africair, a Bell independent representative, delivered a 505 to KIDL Operations in Kenya earlier this month. It was the first such aircraft to land on the continent.
The Bell 505 was launched in late 2014, and features a Turbomeca Arrius 2R turbine engine, Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), a cockpit equipped with the Garmin G100H Integrated Avionics Suite, and a high-inertia rotor system.
“Bell is excited that the aircraft has landed in Kenya, and we are looking forward to having many more flying all over the continent,” the company said.
Bell shipped the helicopter from its facility in Mirabel, Canada, to Africair Helicopter Support Limited in Ruiru, where it was reassembled. This Bell 505 was the first project completed in the newly established maintenance organization, which was recently authorized by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.
After reassembly, KIDL Operations CEO Capt. Marco Brighetti flew the helicopter to Wilson Airport in Nairobi to begin VIP transport operations.
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