Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X
Role Light helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
Status Under development
Unit cost
$1.07 million[1]

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X (JRX) is an American light helicopter currently under development by Bell Helicopter. The Bell 505 was unveiled at the 2013 Paris Airshow on June 17, 2013 as the Bell SLS (Short Light Single). The official name was later announced at HAI Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, California on February 25, 2014. The first flight occurred on November 11, 2014,[2][1][3] with certification expected at the end of 2015.[4]

Design and development[edit]

The Bell 505 is a "cleansheet design", but will use some dynamic components, such as the rotor system,[4] of the Bell 206L-4. The airframe will be constructed of metal and composites, and has a 22-square-foot flat floor and an 18-cubic-foot luggage bay.[5] The Turbomeca Arrius 2R will be utilized as the type's engine with a dual-channel FADEC and a 3,000-hour Time-between-overhaul.[6] The 505 cockpit will be equipped with the Garmin G1000H glass avionics suite.[5][7][8] It is prepared for extras like a cargo hook.[4]

Main production is to occur in 2016[4] in a 82,300-square-foot, $26.3 million hangar facility at Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana,[9] but the tooling is prepared for assembly in different places in the world.[6] Louisiana has offered $8 million in support for 250 new jobs,[9] and started construction of the factory in August 2014 which will then be leased to Bell.[10]

Initial assembly, flight testing and certification is to start in Canada while the factory is being built in USA.[4] First flight went to 60 knots on November 11, 2014.[2] Bell said they had 240 Letters of intent (50 from Europe) for the 505 in October 2014,[11] and in November Chinese tourism operator Reignwood increased their intent from 10 to 60 of the type.[12]


Data from GBell, AVweb and Bell PR[7][9]

General characteristics


  • Maximum speed: 144 mph (232 km/h; 125 kn)
  • Range: 400 mi (348 nmi; 644 km)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ a b Perry, Dominic (July 23, 2014). "Bell targets mid-November for Jet Ranger X first flight". FlightGlobal. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Perry, Dominic (November 11, 2014), "Maiden sortie for Bell's new 505 Jet Ranger X", Flightglobal (Reed Business Information), retrieved November 11, 2014 
  3. ^ "Back to the Lights". Vertical, February 25, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e Maher, Guy. "Bell gives 505 JetRanger update" Vertical, July 21, 2014. Accessed: July 21, 2014. Archived on July 21, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Bell Helicopter to Equip New Short Light Single Aircraft with Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics System" Textron PR, September 24, 2013. Accessed: December 11, 2013.
  6. ^ a b MARK HUBER and THIERRY DUBOIS. "Bell Reveals more on ‘short light single’". AIN online, August 3, 2013. Accessed: December 11, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Bell 505 Jet Ranger X webpage". Bell Helicopter, February 2014.
  8. ^ "Bell Launches Light Single to Compete with Robinson R66, Eurocopter EC120". Rotor & Wing Magazine, June 17, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "BELL HELICOPTER ANNOUNCES NEW HELICOPTER ASSEMBLY FACILITY IN LOUISIANA"., December 11, 2013. Accessed: December 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "Gov. Jindal And Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison Announce Construction Start For Louisiana Helicopter Assembly Facility" Louisiana Economic Development, August 27, 2014. Accessed: September 2, 2014.
  11. ^ Oliver Johnson & Elan Head. "Bell CEO outlines European growth plan" Vertical, October 15, 2014. Accessed: October 21, 2014.
  12. ^ Hashim, Firdaus (12 November 2014), "Reignwood signs LOI for 50 Bell 505s", Flightglobal (Reed Business Information), retrieved 16 November 2014 

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