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Bell Model 505 JetRanger X (JRX)

Canada (2018)
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The Bell Model 505 JetRanger X is under development as a light helicopter system and was unveiled at Paris Air Show 2013.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Bell Model 505 JetRanger X (JRX) Light Five-Seat Multirole Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 11/18/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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.


Picture of the Bell Model 505 JetRanger X (JRX) Light Five-Seat Multirole Helicopter
Picture of the Bell Model 505 JetRanger X (JRX) Light Five-Seat Multirole Helicopter


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.

March 2017 - Bell made its first Model 505 helicopter delivery (HeliExpo 2017).




Cockpit picture from the Bell Model 505 JetRanger X (JRX) Light Five-Seat Multirole Helicopter
Bell Model 505 JetRanger X (JRX) Cockpit Picture


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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (146mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Canada
Year: 2018
Type: Light Five-Seat Multirole Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): Bell Helicopter - USA / Canada
Production: 3
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
Canada
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Bell Model 505 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
36.91 ft


Meters
11.25 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
37.01 ft


Meters
11.28 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
10.66 ft


Meters
3.25 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
2,205 lb


Kilograms
1,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
3,748 lb


Kilograms
1,700 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Turbomeca Arrius 2R turboshaft engine developing 505 horsepower and driving a two-bladed main rotor and two-bladed tail rotor.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
146 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
235 kph


Knots
127 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
401 mi


Kilometers
645 km


Nautical Miles
348 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
19,997 ft


Meters
6,095 m


Miles
3.79 mi

Armament - Hardpoints ():

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Model 505 - Base Series Designation