Approaching 50 years of business aviation experience, RAS is a proven provider of expert aviation sales and service, according to Bell.
“We are pleased to announce RAS as Bell’s first authorized 505 dealership for Germany,” said Duncan Van De Velde, Managing Director, Europe and Russia at Bell. “This partnership has been highly valued as we continue to expand our footprint in Germany. With the Bell 505 dealership, we can use our customer collaboration to attract new owners and establish a stronger presence in the region.”
Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice President International Business at Bell, added: “This partnership is important for Bell’s work in Germany. We want to provide customers with a complete 505 solution through a local company in their national language. With its team’s experience in aviation and excellent reputation, we believe RAS is the best launch partner for the first 505 dealership.”
Expanding the German market for Bell
Located in Mönchengladbach, RAS was established in 1972 and employs 280 staff in four locations in the country.
“We are proud to be part of the Bell family and represent the German market with this high-performing aircraft. The Bell 505 is an incredible helicopter, and we see a huge potential for our German customers,” said Johannes Graf von Schaesberg, CEO at RAS. “The co-operation between Bell and RAS is our long-term vision to expand the German market for the Bell brand.”
Expanding Bell’s European network
The Bell 505 can be used for medical evacuations, utilities, public safety and pilot training. The light single-engine helicopter offers a combination of rugged high performance, fuel efficiency, and a low cost of acquisition and operation. With the only dual-channel FADEC engine in its class, the helicopter has a lot of power at high altitudes. Additionally, the all-glass flight deck and panoramic windows provide good visibility, situational awareness, and safety.
In September, Bell added its first European Authorized Maintenance Center to its Support Network, another step towards providing good support for Bell’s European customers.