Back in 2012, Bell Helicopter launched its newest offering which some might say was its most ambitious project in years. Dubbed the ‘Bell 525 Relentless’, the “super-medium” twin-engine helicopter is to be the first commercial helicopter to incorporate fly-by-wire flight controls and also takes pole position as the company’s largest civil helicopter ever created. Initially designed to meet the gruelling flight demands of offshore oil & gas operations, the company now aims to also offer the helicopter with a variety of luxurious cabin interiors. For the first time, Bell has given a peek inside the cabin that shows a sample of VIP interior options, including oversize swivel seating, conference layouts, and a mini galley.
The recently released images by Bell reveals the gorgeous interiors and entertainment amenities that are commonly found aboard private jets. At the first glance, you might even mistake the customised 88-square-foot cabin for that of a top-of-the-range private jet. In addition to the uber-luxe interiors along with top-notch amenities, the cockpit features state-of-the-art equipment. On the flight deck, the Bell 525 Relentless, houses the ARC Horizon® system, which provides unparalleled crew situational awareness through the use of a fully integrated glass flight deck, coupled with an advanced fly-by-wire flight control system, resulting in enhanced safety levels and mission capabilities. The 525 Relentless is the first commercial helicopter with a fly-by-wire cockpit featuring sidestick controls and a fully integrated touchscreen Garmin flight deck. The Bell 525 Relentless helicopter can cruise at speeds up to 178 mph and fly up to 575 miles nonstop. Although there is no official word on price of this new model, the helicopter is expected take flight sometime this spring with expected deliveries starting next year.