Yellowknife to be winter testing ground for new Bell helicopter – report

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Bell Helicopters is reported to be planning cold-weather testing in Yellowknife for its new Bell 525 Relentless series early next year.

Aviation news site Flightglobal reported that Bell will send two of its Relentless helicopters to Yellowknife in the new year.

In early 2019, Bell will dispatch a pair of 525 Relentless helicopters to Yellowknife to complete cold weather testing, as the manufacturer pushes to achieve US type certification in 2019.

US Federal Aviation Administration certification is on track for 2019 says Bell 525 program vice president Byron Ward. He also notes that European validation will follow around six to seven months later.

Bell is also reported to be developing a full ice protection system for the helicopter.

Yellowknife has often played host to aircraft manufacturers for winter cold-weather testing of new models as the Yellowknife Airport has previously provided facilities for aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and Sikorsky.

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