Aviation Executive Says That Flying in the 525 Relentless Is as Smooth as an Airliner Ride

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Bell just wrapped up a month-long demonstration tour across the U.S. for its latest rotorcraft, the Bell 525 Relentless, and it looks like it was a success. Most of the ones who participated in the demonstration agreed that it was one of the smoothest and most comfortable rides they’ve experienced.
A mockup of the 525 Relentless is currently on display at the prestigious ONS Conference and Exhibit in Norway until September 2. It’s the only helicopter showcased at this large energy event, which confirms its reputation as one of the most efficient aircraft for offshore operations in the oil and gas industry. But the 525 Relentless is capable of much more.

What sets this next-generation helicopter apart is the advanced FBW (fly-by-wire) technology that is supposed to be much more efficient than conventional manual flight controls, which results in a more comfortable flight experience, also making the helicopter easier to maneuver. When it obtains its certification, which is currently underway, the 525 Relentless will become the first certified commercial FBW helicopter on the global market.

In addition to that, it also burns less fuel without compromising its range of 160 knots (184 mph/296 kph) and a top speed of 580 nautical miles (667 miles/1,074 km).

During this tour, the Bell rotorcraft proved its capabilities for customers in various fields, not just the oil and gas industry. It’s versatile enough for military and search-and-rescue operations and also big enough to comfortably carry up to 16 passengers. In the end, everyone seemed to agree that the FBW drastically improves the flying experience.

It was so stable, smooth and quiet. As a passenger, it felt more like riding in an airliner,” said Mike Hirschberg, executive director, Vertical Flight Society.

The U.S. tour included more than 50 demonstrations, with over 500 potential customers getting a closer look at the Bell 525 Relentless.

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