Jet Ranger X is certified; Leonardo’s SW-4 flies solo and other rotary news
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). Revealed in concept as the SLS (Short Light Single) at the 2013 Paris Air Show, the five-seat Jet Ranger X first flew on 11 November 2014, since when two prototypes logged more than 1,000 flight hours during certification flight testing.
The Jet Ranger X is powered by a Safran Helicopter Engines Arrius 2R turboshaft with dual channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). Its first-in-class fully integrated Garmin G1000H flight deck features dual 10.4in displays, which provide critical flight information for crews at a glance. The flat floor cabin is suitable for a wide variety of missions and payloads and can carry up to four passengers or be reconfigured for cargo missions by removing quick-disconnect rear cabin seats and/or co-pilot’s seat. Useful load is 1,470lb, cruising speed 125kt and range 340nm.
Bell says that during flight testing its high inertia rotor system has demonstrated ‘exceptional autorotation capability that is part of the Jetranger legacy’ and that the new model ‘has undergone rigorous activities to ensure customers have superior handling qualities and payload performance.’
Since its launch Bell has received more than 400 letters of intent for the Jet Ranger X from customers worldwide. The helicopter will be manufactured at Bell’s Mirabel, Quebec facility.