Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X
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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X
Role Light helicopter
National origin United States/Canada
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
First flight November 10, 2014[1]
Introduction March 7, 2017
Status In production
Number built 42[2]
Unit cost
$1.07 million[3]

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X (JRX) is an American/Canadian light helicopter developed and produced by Bell Helicopter. The Bell 505 was unveiled at the 2013 Paris Airshow in June 2013 as the Bell SLS (Short Light Single). The Bell 505 designation was officially announced in February 2014. Its first flight occurred on November 11, 2014. The helicopter was certified by Transport Canada in December 2016.

Design and development

The helicopter was unveiled at the 2013 Paris Airshow on June 17, 2013 as the Bell SLS (Short Light Single). The model designation was later announced at HAI Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, California on February 25, 2014.[3][4][5]

The Bell 505 is a "clean sheet" design, but will use some dynamic components, such as the rotor system,[6] of the Bell 206L-4.[7] The airframe is constructed of metal and composites, and has a 22-square-foot (2.04 m²) flat floor and an 18-cubic-foot (0.51 m³) luggage bay.[8] 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.[9] The 505 cockpit will be equipped with the Garmin G1000H glass avionics suite.[8][10][11] It is prepared for extras like a cargo hook.[6]

Main production was to start in 2016[6] in an 82,300-square-foot (7,646 m²), $26.3 million hangar facility at Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana,[12] but the tooling is prepared for assembly in different places in the world.[9] Louisiana offered $8 million in support for 250 new jobs,[12] and started construction of the factory in August 2014 which will then be leased to Bell.[13] The factory opened in August 2015.[14] On May 19, 2016, Bell Helicopter CEO Mitch Snyder announced changes to the production supply chain that include relocating the Bell 505 production to Bell Helicopter's assembly and distribution center in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. The Lafayette Assembly Center, which was specifically designed to manufacture and deliver the 505, will instead complete Bell 525 sub-assemblies and perform work on Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout UAVs.[15]

Initial assembly, flight testing and certification is to start in Canada while the factory is being built in the US.[6] First flight went to 60 knots on November 11, 2014,[4] and the second test aircraft flew in February 2015.[16] Bell said they had 240 Letters of intent (LOI) (50 from Europe) for the 505 in October 2014,[17] and in November Chinese tourism operator Reignwood increased their LOI from 10 to 60 of the type.[18] In August 2015, Bell had 350 Letters of intent.[14]

Certification by Transport Canada[19] was awarded on December 21, 2016.[20][21]

The first customer aircraft was delivered on March 7, 2017 to a private operator in Arizona, United States.[22]

The 505 was Federal Aviation Administration certified in June 2017.[23][24]


Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter mockup during presentation in Konstancin Jeziorna near Warsaw, Poland

Data from GBell, AVweb and Bell PR[10][12]

General characteristics


  • Maximum speed: 144 mph (232 km/h; 125 kn)
  • Range: 351 mi (305 nmi; 565 km)

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ Williams, Tom A., ed. (December 2014). "Bell 505 First Flight". Rotorcraft Report. Rotor & Wing. Access Intelligence. pp. 10–11. ISSN 1066-8098. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Civil Aircraft Registry Import & Exports". Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Perry, Dominic (July 23, 2014). "Bell targets mid-November for Jet Ranger X first flight". Flightglobal. London: Reed Business Information. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Perry, Dominic (November 11, 2014). "Maiden sortie for Bell's new 505 Jet Ranger X". Flightglobal. London: Reed Business Information. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Back to the Lights". Vertical. MHL Publishing. February 25, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Maher, Guy R. (July 21, 2014). "Bell gives 505 JetRanger X update". Vertical. MHL Publishing. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Maher, Guy R. (April 24, 2017). "Back in the Game: The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X". Vertical. MHL Publishing. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Bell Helicopter to Equip New Short Light Single Aircraft with Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics System" (Press release). Fort Worth, TX: Textron. September 24, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Mark, Huber; Dubois, Thierry (August 3, 2013). "Bell Reveals more on 'short light single'". AINonline. AIN Publications. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Bell 505 Jet Ranger X webpage". Bell Helicopter, February 2014.
  11. ^ Dubois, Thierry (June 17, 2013). "Bell Launches Light Single to Compete with Robinson R66, Eurocopter EC120". Rotor & Wing. Access Intelegence. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "Bell Helicopter Announces New Helicopter Assembly Facility in Louisiana" (Press release). Lafayette, LA: Textron. December 10, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Gov. Jindal And Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison Announce Construction Start For Louisiana Helicopter Assembly Facility" (Press release). Lafayette, LA: Louisiana Economic Development. August 27, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Kauh, Elaine (August 27, 2015). "Bell's Jet Ranger Assembly Plant Opens In Louisiana". AVweb. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bell Helicopter Announces Program Relocations to Optimize Manufacturing Capabilities" (Press release). Fort Worth, TX: Bell Helicopter. May 19, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Bell 505's Second Flight Test Vehicle Achieves First Flight" (Press release). Fort Worth, TX: Textron. February 25, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  17. ^ Johnson, Oliver; Head, Elan (October 15, 2014). "Bell CEO outlines European growth plan". Vertical. MHL Publishing. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ Hashim, Fridaus (November 12, 2014). "Reignwood signs LOI for 50 Bell 505s". Flightglobal. Singapore: Reed Business Information. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ Huber, Mark (February 27, 2016). "Bell 505 Aims for Mid-year Certification". AINonline. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves Type Certification" (Press release). Fort Worth, TX: Bell Helicopter. December 21, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  21. ^ Bergqvist, Pia (December 21, 2016). "Bell's 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves Certification". Flying. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Bell Helicopter Delivers First Bell 505 Jet Ranger X" (Press release). Dallas, TX: Bell Helicopter. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves FAA Certification" (Press release). Dallas, TX: Bell Helicopter. June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  24. ^ Grady, Mary (June 12, 2017). "Bell 505 Now FAA Certified". AVweb. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Aaron Smith (Apr 27, 2017). "Pilot Report: Bell's New Jet Ranger X". Business & Commercial Aviation. Aviation Week Network. 
  • Alexa Rexroth (March 19, 2018). "Pilot Report: Bell 505 Jet Ranger X" (PDF). AIN. 
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