The Bell 505 has speed of 125 knots and useful load of 1,500 lbs.

The Bell 505 has speed of 125 knots and useful load of 1,500 lbs.

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The Nebraska State Patrol will be purchasing a Bell 505 helicopter from Bell Textron. The Bell 505 will join a Bell 407 to aid in daily public safety missions including search and rescue, surveillance, photography, criminal pursuits and apprehension, and natural disaster response.

The Nebraska State Patrol began its Aviation Support Unit in 1970. Today, the agency's aircraft operate almost daily. The Aviation Support Division (ASD) will operate a Bell 505, a Bell 407 helicopter, three Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair fixed-wing aircraft, and a Piper Super Cub, and provide support to any law enforcement agency in the state.

Nebraska State Patrol’s Bell 505 is outfitted with equipment including L3 Wescam MX-10 camera system, Trakka Beam TLX, and a MacroBlue Tactical Display with Churchill ARS 700C Augmented Reality Mapping System technology.

With a speed of 125 knots and useful load of 1,500 lbs., the Bell 505 is Bell’s newest five-seat aircraft designed for safety, efficiency, and reliability. With a Garmin G1000, the platform leverages advanced avionics to reduce pilot workload and enhance mission experience.

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