At the HAI event, Bell launched the new Bell 505
During The HAI event where Bell launched the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, Heli Charter Secured 8 orders for the UK market
We have also ensured that the first European 505 will be coming straight to the UK!
Introducing the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X!
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, is the newest entry in the short light single class. Designed with the focus on safety, efficiency and reliability through the use of advanced technology, its multi-mission capabilities will make it the choice for the future.
Bell has unveiled of its new short light single product, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X at Heli-Expo 2014. Here, the only real element of surprise is the name, since the company revealed the concept at the 2013 Paris Air Show in June under the “Bell SLS (Short Light Single)” designation. Nevertheless, in the run-up to Heli-Expo, Bell expected the unveiling to make a big impact, as the Relentless introduction did previously. “We’re looking to shock the crowd and bring tears of joy to the eyes of anyone who is associated with Bell products,” director of Marketing and Sales Support Chuck Evans told.
Bell has certainly been able to top the Relentless unveiling in one respect; thanks to the relative sizes of the aircraft (the Jet Ranger X has five seats to the Relentless’ 18-plus), there are three of the new 505 helicopters on display, rather than one.
The centerpiece of the display is a model that is representative of the baseline configuration, and it incorporates a number of actual components, including real main and tail rotors, and a functioning drive system that borrows from Bell’s existing 206L4 LongRanger, as it will on the real thing.
The display model also features the 504-shaft horsepower Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine that will power the production aircraft (and which will include a dual-channel full authority digital engine control, or FADEC).
“Some folks will be convinced that the mockup is a real, flying aircraft,'” said Evans. “In reality, it has served a dual purpose as a mockup and a platform for fast prototyping of some components.”
With the Jet Ranger X, Bell is taking square aim at the five-seat Robinson R66 Turbine, which has come to dominate the light turbine helicopter market since Bell ceased production of the 206B3 JetRanger in 2010.
Even without European Aviation Safety Agency certification for the R66 (or, until recently, certification for the model in Canada and Russia), Robinson produced 191 R66 helicopters in 2012, and 192 of them in 2013. Clearly, worldwide demand for this US$839,000, five-seat helicopter is strong, and Bell believes it can compete with it.
The company will begin taking orders for the Jet Ranger X at Heli-Expo 2014, and while Bell has not yet announced a price for the aircraft, it promises that the 505 “will be price-competitive with the current class-leader,” said Evans.