Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) handed over the keys to a newly outfitted VIP Bell 505 at the 2019 Heli-Expo.
The VIP Bell 505 was delivered to Helite Aviation, a commercial operator based in Montreal, Quebec. The custom interior included modified factory premium seats for the pilots and passengers, a new panel and liner package covered in leather, carpet and a new Passenger Service Unit for air gaspers and reading lights. In addition, the interior kit includes USB ports for charging and additional storage for the passengers and crew.
The installation was completed at MAG’s Part 145 facility at North East Philadelphia Airport (KPNE) in less than one week. Lead times for the kit are about 4-5 months depending on current workload and materials selected. MAG has four primary moods to choose from, however clients can select unique combinations and materials for additional costs and lead times. The interior kit is currently STCd with the FAA, EASA, TCCA Canada and ANAC Brazil. Additional STCs are scheduled this summer.
“The demand for the MAGnificent interior for the [Bell] 505 speaks for itself.” said Armando Sassoli, Co-General Manager of Mecaer Aviation Group. “We are working on plans to streamline production in order to help reduce lead times.”
Helite Aviation will primarily use their new aircraft for VIP and corporate flights. “Our clients are demanding and experience the best things life has to offer. We were looking for an elevated cabin experience that would offer the latest amenities and comfort and I have to say Mecaer has delivered a stunning package. The superior comfort, high-end finishes and additional features will be crowd pleasers.” said Mathieu Norman, owner of Helite Aviation.
“Helite Aviation is proud to take delivery of its new Bell 505 MAGnificient. Today, as our aircraft is revealed, we can appreciate first-hand the exquisite Italian finish of our interior upgrade and the outstanding product Bell has developed. We believe the superior capability and performance of the aircraft combined with the outstanding craftsmanship and comfort of the MAGnificient bespoke interior is defining a new category in the light single segment. The initiative by Mecaer combined with the legendary Bell product support made them natural partners for us to go forward with the MAGnificient interior upgrade program for our 505. This is the best cabin experience in its category.” added Mathieu Norman.
About Mecaer Aviation Group
With facilities across Italy, Canada and the United States, MAG offers integrated systems including flight controls, landing gear and actuation systems, as well as cabin comfort systems for helicopters, business aircraft, general aviation and basic trainers. Capabilities include design, development, manufacture, certification, and noise and vibration abatement, together with completion, modification, and MRO services. More information is available at www.mecaer.com.
About Helite Aviation
Helite Aviation is a corporate & VIP transport company based in Montreal, Canada operating a varied fleet of helicopters. Offering flexibility and premium services tailored to clients with exclusive facilities certified by Transport Canada, Helite Aviation is the only company operating a fully certified private heliport downtown Montreal. More information is available at www.heliteaviation.ca.