Minister Garneau announces the certification of a new Bell Helicopter

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter receives approval from Transport Canada

OTTAWA, Dec. 21, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced that Transport Canada has awarded certification to the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter.

This certification represents the approval of the design, airworthiness limitations, and operating conditions of the five-passenger lightweight aircraft designed and manufactured by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. in Mirabel, Quebec. Bell Helicopter is now preparing to start deliveries of the Bell 505 helicopter to customers worldwide.

The Bell 505 will be used to conduct corporate, utility and training operations in Canada and around the world.

This project was a significant undertaking and saw strong collaboration between Transport Canada and Bell Helicopter officials. This is another example of a continued commitment of the department to work with the aerospace industry to foster growth and innovation.

Quick Facts

  • Transport Canada supervised and performed more than 575 hours of ground and flight testing during the certification process.
  • The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter incorporates proven dynamic components and advanced aerodynamic design. It is the first of its class to feature a fully integrated glass flight deck and avionic suite which provides enhanced safety and mission capabilities.
  • The aerospace industry makes a significant contribution to Canada's economy through the creation of 180,000 quality jobs and over $29 billion annually in gross domestic product.


"The certification of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is a significant accomplishment that contributes to Canada's thriving aerospace industry. By developing and manufacturing a fuel-efficient aircraft here in Mirabel, we are creating good jobs and moving Canada to the forefront of our global commitment to reduce air emissions."

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Contacts: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700,; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055; This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons living with visual disabilities.

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