Bell Textron has announced the delivery of a Bell 505 to BAR Aviation in Uganda. The aircraft is equipped with an EMS Lite interior from Med-Pac Inc.
The helicopter is the first Bell 505 to be delivered to Uganda. It is also the first 505 in the whole of Africa that’s been configured for medevac missions.
“We are elated that BAR Aviation has chosen the Bell 505 as its HEMS platform and will operate the first medevac Bell 505 in Africa,” said Lynette Loosen, Bell’s regional sales manager, Africa. “By leveraging the aircraft’s unique design, competitive cost and flexible kit installation, the platform enables our customers to provide safe and reliable medical services to its patients.”
BAR is a Ugandan aviation company known for being the leading operator in the region, and air medical evacuation is one of its many services. In this role, the Bell 505 will support the work of the country’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism and police.
“We are proud to accept the delivery of the first Bell 505 in Uganda,” said Barak Orland, CEO of BAR Aviation. “We saw the need and importance of having an evacuation helicopter in the country that helps give the citizens of Uganda the best chances of survival in the critical golden hour. The Bell 505 is an excellent aircraft for the job with state-of-the-art safety features and avionics that allow the pilots to reach their destinations quickly and safely.”
The Med-Pac EMS Lite interior offers a carbon-fibre deck, back-wall equipment rack, oxygen tank and medical supply bag. The stretcher system can be installed in less than 15 minutes with the 505’s easily removable seats and flat floor. According to Bell, the 505 is the only short light single-engine helicopter currently in production that can fit a stretcher system.
“We congratulate BAR Aviation on the acquisition of its new Bell 505, which adds another Textron product to its growing fleet of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters,” commented Jim Evans, CEO, Africair. “As one of Bell’s independent representatives for much of Africa, Africair has supported helicopter operators across the continent for over 40 years. Together with Bell, we will do everything possible to ensure that the 505 exceeds BAR Aviation’s expectations.”