We at AIRheads↑Fly present to you the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, the new “rainmaker” for the American helicopter manufacturer. With no aircraft flying jet but 94 out of a 103 sales and pre-sales booked so far during the February 2014 Heli-Expo in Californian Anaheim, things are looking good for the next generation of corporate, law enforcement and utility choppers of Bell Textron.
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is a newly designed five-seat helo, with only the name being a derivative of the legendary Bell 206 Jet Ranger. It will feature a fully integrated glass cockpit with the Garmin G1000H avionics suite to help give the pilot a better situational awareness and to reduce his or her workload.
Information of the dual channel FADEC Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine with 504 shaft horsepower will show up on multi-functional displays, as well es the fuel flow, fuel temperature and more. It will have a single VHF COM/NAV/GPS system with the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) that was introduced by the Federal Aviation Authority to further support GPS navigation.
A digital map, flight planning, flight monitoring, video-in, a intercommunications system with recorder / playback and normal 3.5 mm audiojacks for any portable sound devices you want to bring along will be included. For cargo duties the helicopter features a 1,500 lb/680 kg capacity cargo hook and a 22 square feet (2 square meter) flat cabin floor behind the front seats configurable to you wishes. The cargo floor has tie-downs and is supplemented by a 18 ft3 / 0.5 m3 baggage bay.
Once fully developed Bell is aiming for a max speed of 125 knots (232 kmh) and a range of more than 360 nautical miles (667 km) or an flight endurance of 3.5 hours.
Source: Bell Textron