Pennsylvanian aircraft overhaul specialist PAC International, a subsidiary of Metro Aviation, has completed a Bell 505 on behalf of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The aircraft will be used to support wildlife management and provide law enforcement on land maintained by the ODNR.
The aircraft now features a G1000 integrated avionics suite, a GTX345R ADS-B In and Out, GTR225B VHF Communication, GRA55 radar altimeter system, and USB power ports.
The aircraft also includes a cargo hook system with external mirror and load weighing system, wire strike protection, crew slider windows, automatic door openers, high skid gear with full length flight steps and heavy-duty skid shoes, bear paws, air conditioning, a cabin heater, and custom paint.
“With the recent purchase of the Bell 505 helicopter, the Division of Wildlife can continue to responsibly monitor Ohio’s incredible diversity of wildlife species and their habitats,” said Division of Wildlife Assistant Chief Pete Novotny. “Aerial work has been a crucial factor in conserving and improving wildlife resources over the last few decades and will continue to shape the Division of Wildlife’s work for decades to come.”
PAC also recently completed cockpit upgrades to a Bell 407 G1000 NXi on behalf of Michigan State Police. Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also signed a purchase agreement for two Bell 505 aircraft for use by its law enforcement division.