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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.

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