The Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department took delivery of a Bell 505 on Jan. 8. Bell executives and city officials celebrated this delivery at the police department’s hangar at Meacham Airport to mark a 70-year relationship between Bell and Fort Worth.
The Police Department currently operates two Bell 206 Jet Ranger aircraft in addition to the Bell 505. According to KMIZ ABC 17, the helicopter costs nearly $4.5 million, can carry up to five people, has a flight time of three to four hours, and makes use of improved video technology.
The Bell 505 was introduced in 2014 and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2017. There are now more than 300 Bell 505s operating in more than 55 countries on six continents, surpassing 50,000 total fleet flight hours. With a speed of 125 knots and useful load of 1,500 lbs., the Bell 505 is designed to be easy to fly while providing significant value to the operator and best-in class cabin visibility.