Nicholas Peffer, Managing Director, Latin America Commercial at Bell Flight, commented on the purchase: “The Bell 505 is a proven asset for public safety operations around the world. We look forward to growing our longstanding relationship with Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and sustaining their forces with the highest quality aircraft for many more years to come.”
Lt Col Brian Lundy, Commanding Officer of the Air Wing, JDF, said: “Expanding our Bell fleet to incorporate the Bell 505 adds more versatility to our capability portfolio and supports our mission to protect and serve the citizens of Jamaica. Our team of pilots and maintenance technicians are extremely happy with the training, support and customer service from Bell.”
Avionics allow for easy pilot transition
The Bell 505 is Bell’s newest five-seat aircraft designed for safety, efficiency and reliability using advanced avionics technology and has similarities with the Bell 429 platform, which have been developed to allow for a smooth pilot transition as JDF begins training operations. With a Garmin G1000, the platform shares similar avionics with JDF’s Fixed Wing Trainer aircraft and reduces pilot workload, enhancing the students’ learning experience.
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A long history between Bell and the Jamaica Defence Force
In 1963, JDF began its operations with two Bell 47G aircraft and has expanded their fleet and relationship with Bell throughout the years. This new aircraft delivery will grow JDF’s current fleet to 10 Bell helicopters, which serve in search and rescue missions, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief, national security and military training operations.