The Bell 525 Relentless super-medium helicopter has made its maiden flight, at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas, USA.
“The Bell 525 was announced at Heli-Expo in 2012, and we are proud to have achieved this milestone,” said Matt Hasik, executive vice president of commercial programs at Bell Helicopter. “We have diligently executed our schedule to design, develop, build and test the aircraft, and look forward to the next phase of flight testing as we work toward certification. The marketplace has been awaiting the transformational capabilities of the Bell 525 and we continue to see growing customer demand from around the globe for this aircraft.”
The Bell 525 is a fly-by-wire commercial helicopter designed to operate safely and reliably in austere environments with decreased pilot workload. The aircraft features a fully integrated touchscreen avionics suite, the Garmin G5000H. More than 60 helicopters are reserved under letters of intent.