Bell Model 505 JetRanger X (JRX) Light Five-Seat Multirole Helicopter
The Bell Model 505 JetRanger X is under development as a light helicopter system and was unveiled at Paris Air Show 2013.
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The Bell Model 505 "Jet Ranger X" is a reincarnation of the classic, and hugely successful, Bell Jet Ranger series of light, multirole helicopters. The Jet Ranger came onto the scene in 1967 through the Bell Modle 206 design and 7,300 have been built since with civilian and military operators seen all over the world. The Model 505 was debuted at Paris Airshow 2013 (then known as the Bell SLS = "Short Light Single") and gained Canadian certification in December of 2016. To date (January 2017), three examples have been produced by Bell Helicopter of Canada.
In the Model 505, the short nosecone assembly is dominated by a large windscreen offering excellent frontal vision. Similarly, the side doors feature more glass surface than skin, offering amplified vision to the sides of the aircraft as well. The engine is fitted to a compartment along the helicopter's roof and drives a two-bladed main rotor. A tail stem emanates from the rear of the fuselage and holds a drive shaft powering a two-bladed, anti-torque tail rotor unit (set to portside). The stem also contains the horizontal planes and, offset to starboard at the extreme aft of the tail, is a vertical stabilizer. The fuselage is supported on the ground by a simple four-point skid assembly which minimizes maintenance costs and lowers complexity.
Internally, the Model 505 is crewed by one operator and has seating for up to four passengers (seating is arranged as two side-by-side at front and three shoulder-to-shoulder at rear). Automobile-style doors (double-opening for full access to front and rear seats simultaneously) provide access to the seating areas and the seats can be removed for general cargo-hauling duty (tie-downs being provided). A baggage bay is standard for VIP service. The cockpit features an all-digital approach dominated by large colored screens with the avionics suite is provided by Garmin (model G1000H). Available cockpit upgrades include a second VHF communications fit, a real-time traffic advisory system and terrain avoidance warning system.
Power is derived from a French-originated FADEC (dual-channel) Turbomeca "Arrius" 2R series engine with a take-off power rating of 504 horsepower and 457 horsepower continuous. The engine is marketed as a fuel efficient design with complete integration to the cockpit mission systems.
As designed, the Model 505 sports a cruising speed of over 125 knots and had a 1,500lb "useful" load function. Maximum range is listed at 360 nautical miles or 3.5 hours of flight time. The helicopter can reach altitudes of 20,000 feet and hover up to 14,000 feet.
October 2016 - Yuhi Airlines of Japan has signed a Letter-of-Intent to purchase the Model 505 series. These aircraft will cover service in both tourism and corporate sectors.