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Bell Model 505 JetRanger X (JRX)

Lightweight Five-Seat Multirole Helicopter

Canada | 2017

"The Bell Model 505 JetRanger X was introduced to market in March of 2017 with production since having surpassed 350 units."

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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. In January 2017, three examples had been produced by Bell Helicopter of Canada. Series production has been ongoing since 2014.

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.

The Model 505 is used by various police departments in the United States including Fort Worth Police and the Alameda Country Sheriff's Office. The Japan Coast Guard counts itself as another operator.

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February 2015 - The Model 505X completed its first-flight from Bell Helicopter's Canadian facility.

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).

December 2018 - The Bell Model 505X JetRanger is a South Korean Air Force contender to replace forty-one MD Helicopters MD500 light reconnaissance helicopters. Others include the Airbus Helicopters H145M and the Leonardo SW-4.

June 2019 - The Bell 505 JetRanger X was debuted at Paris Air Show 2019.

August 2019 - Some 200 examples have been produced to date.

January 2021 - The nation of Jamaica has placed an order for six Bell Model 505 helicopters.

May 2022 - South Korea has finalized a deal for the purchase of forty Bell Model 505 light helicopters for training purposes.

November 2022 - The Royal Jordanian Air Force has agreed to the purchase of 10 Bell 505 light helicopters for training.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Bell Model 505 Lightweight Five-Seat Multirole Helicopter.
1 x Safran (Turbomeca) Arrius 2R turboshaft engine developing 505 horsepower and driving a two-bladed main rotor and two-bladed tail rotor.
146 mph
235 kph | 127 kts
Max Speed
19,997 ft
6,095 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
401 miles
645 km | 348 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Bell Model 505 Lightweight Five-Seat Multirole Helicopter.
36.9 ft
11.25 m
O/A Length
37.0 ft
(11.28 m)
O/A Width
10.7 ft
(3.25 m)
O/A Height
2,205 lb
(1,000 kg)
Empty Weight
3,748 lb
(1,700 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Notable series variants as part of the Bell Model 505 JetRanger X (JRX) family line.
Model 505 - Base Series Designation.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Bell Model 505 JetRanger X (JRX). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 360 Units

Contractor(s): Bell Helicopter - USA / Canada
National flag of Canada National flag of Indonesia National flag of modern Jamaica National flag of modern Japan National flag of Jordan National flag of Montenegro National flag of South Korea National flag of the United States National flag of Vietnam

[ Canada; Indonesia; Jamaica; Japan; Jordan (announced; ordered); Montenegro; South Korea (ordered); United States; Vietnam ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (146mph).

Graph Average of 113 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
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Production Comparison
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
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