Presented by Bell – When it comes to quick adventurous getaways to uncover new parts of the world, no tool is better equipped than the Bell 505. As the world’s most advanced short-light single helicopter, this platform offers swift and safe means to reach inaccessible locations or make quick flights across a sprawling city. Ready for business and pleasure, the technology-laden cockpit is ideal for travel with heightened visibility. Wide windows and a glass cockpit allow for great views while embarking on your next journey. The advanced avionics and excellent performance offer pilots a unique in-flight experience.
Among the European Bell 505 pilots who have found the aircraft invaluable is adventure travel specialist, Jules Mountain. Jules typically logs between 100 and 200 hours of flying with the Bell 505 per year. Navigating business meetings in the UK and Europe, the pilot admits that having a helicopter has made his life much easier.
“It has helped so much in terms of work,” he explains. “If I fly myself somewhere, I don’t have to get on a plane and risk losing any time due to delays. The Bell 505 shrinks the map, allowing me to get to where I need to be when I need to be there.”
But the flier also uses the Bell 505 for leisurely, and often very adventurous, flights. One his recent flights demonstrated the 505’s seamless maneuvering through a more challenging environment. Jules took off last summer from Bell’s facility in Mirabel, Canada and took in Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Guernsey before arriving back in the UK after an epic seven days of flying.
“You’ve got sea fog to contend with, and the weather is so inconsistent when you’re that far north and, at times, the temperatures were reaching -14 degrees for two hour stretches – 450 miles is a long way to fly a helicopter over water in one go. That said, the Bell 505 performed beautifully throughout and never missed a beat. The power and lift of the thing is immense. And what could be better than seeing the world from 1000 ft for seven days, experiencing things like landing on the polar ice cap and meeting fascinating people.”
Private travel can save time and money while also delivering unbeatable memories to its passengers and pilots. With the Bell 505, explore the many benefits vertical lift has to offer. Find out more about the 505 and the Adventure bundle, as well as the rest of Bell’s product line up here.