The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is a civil light American helicopter manufactured by the Bell Helicopter aircraft manufacturer since 2015.
The design of this aircraft was carried out by American aircraft manufacturers based on the Bell 206L-4 model helicopter, presented much earlier, but very well-proven by the possibility of its multi-purpose use. The new helicopter model has become less effective in its operational plan, however, the reliability of this aircraft has increased significantly, as well as some flight performance, however, the cost of one unit was significantly reduced – according to the end of 2015, the price of the Bell helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X was about 1 million 150 thousand dollars.
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter was first able to take off in 2014, but it took some time for American aircraft manufacturers to start production of these aircraft, and therefore the actual release was initiated only at the end of 2015.
The cockpit of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft can accommodate up to 5 people – 1 pilot and 4 passengers, and, if necessary, the helicopter can also transport small cargoes with a total weight of up to 680 kilograms, as well as be used for patrolling, observation flights, etc.
Thanks to the improvement of the technical part of the aircraft, the reliability of operation of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter has increased significantly, moreover, due to the unification of some nodes, the maintenance of this aircraft has become simpler, and therefore cheaper. Experts do not exclude that the helicopter can also be positioned as a means of business aviation since the aircraft meets most of the criteria presented in this case.
As a power plant, one Turbomeca Arrius 2R turboshaft aircraft engine is used here, capable of developing thrust up to 505 hp, which in turn goes well with the lightweight helicopter design and a maximum travel speed of about 232 km / h. The maximum flight range of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter is also quite satisfactory at about 604 kilometers.
Experts do not exclude that the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter can also be operated as an air taxi – due to its low cost, good capacity, as well as several other promising flight performance indicators, the use of this aircraft, is quite efficient and rational.
- Crew: 1 person;
- Capacity: 4 people;
- Length: 11.8 m.;
- Height: 2.9 m.;
- The diameter of the rotor: 10.32 m.;
- The mass of the empty helicopter: 1023 kg.;
- Maximum take-off weight: 1703 kg .;
- Cruising speed: 210 km \ h.;
- Maximum flight speed: 232 km \ h.;
- Maximum flight range: 644 km .;
- Maximum flight height: 5200 m.;
- Powerplant: Turbomeca Arrius 2R;
- Power: 505 HP