Helicopter

Bell Jet Ranger 206 B3

Bell Jet Ranger 206 B3

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The JetRanger series has become the definitive turbine powered light utility and corporate helicopter of the past three decades.

The JetRanger can trace its lineage back to an unsuccessful contender for a US Army competition for a light observation helicopter, which was won by the Hughes 500. This first Model 206 made its first flight on December 8 1962, while the following civil 206A, powered by a 235kW (317shp) Allison C18A, followed, flying on January 10 1966. Deliveries of the first production JetRangers began late in that same year.

In the early 1970s production switched to the Model 206B JetRanger II with a 300kW (400shp) 250C20 turboshaft, while conversion kits to upgrade earlier As to the new standard were made available. The third major variant of the JetRanger is the 315kW (420shp) 250C20B powered JetRanger III, with first deliveries commencing in late 1977. Once again Bell offered a conversion kit to update earlier JetRangers to the new standard. Other features introduced on the JetRanger III were a larger and improved tail rotor and minor modifications.
JetRanger production was transferred from Texas to Mirabel in Canada in 1986, where the current production model remains the 206B3 JetRanger III.

The JetRanger was also accepted by the US Army as an observation helicopter as the OH58 Kiowa, and variants of the Kiowa remain in production in the USA. Military 206Bs were also built in Australia for the Australian Army, where plans were also held to build civilian 206Bs for the Australian market under license, but these fell through.

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Bell Long Ranger LIII / LIV

Bell Long Ranger LIII / LIV

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Whether for corporate transportation, EMS, offshore oil and gas rig support, law enforcement or firefighting, the Bell 206L4 has what it takes to accomplish the mission.

The Bell 206L4 features a high-inertia two-bladed rotor system, while the patented suspension system delivers an incredibly smooth ride. The Bell 206L4 can hold up to seven passengers, very comfortably, and the club-passenger seating allows for face-to-face conversations. In addition to offering outstanding product features, the Bell 206L4 is backed by Bell Helicopter's renowned in-service support, voted #1 by our customers for twenty years running. Power. Reliability. Value. For Bell, the 206L4 is mission accomplished.

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Ecureuil AS350 B2

Ecureuil AS350 B2

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The multipurpose, single-engine AS350 B2, powered by a 732 shp (546 kW) Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 engine, has an outstanding proven track record.

Its flexibility and low acquisition cost have made it a very sought-after helicopter capable of performing a wide range of missions, including passenger transportation, aerial work, training, observation, fire fighting, and law enforcement, among others.

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Ecureuil AS350 B3

Ecureuil AS350 B3

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The high-performance member of the Ecureuil family, the AS350 B3 outclasses all other single engine helicopters for performance, versatility, safety and competitive acquisition and maintenance costs. It excels in hot conditions and very high altitudes, and broke records when a standard production aircraft landed on the top of Mount Everest in 2005 (altitude: 29,029 ft / 8,848 m).

And the best keeps getting even better - Airbus Helicopters is taking this aircraft to a whole new level with the enhanced AS350 B3e.

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Long Ranger Bell 206L

Long Ranger Bell 206L

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Bell developed the LongRanger to offer a light helicopter with greater capacity and utility over the JetRanger.

Bell announced it was developing a stretched JetRanger in September 1973, the subsequent Model 206L flew for the first time on September 11 1974, and production began in early 1975. The LongRanger seats a further two passengers compared to the JetRanger, and introduced a more powerful engine and NodaMatic transmission suspension system for greater passenger comfort.

Subsequent versions have been the 206L1 LongRanger II, introduced in 1978, the 206L3 LongRanger III, and the current 206L4 LongRanger IV, introduced in 1992. Each subsequent version features increasingly more powerful engines and other minor improvements. LongRanger production, along with the JetRanger, was transferred to Mirabel in Canada in 1986.

The LongRanger has found favour not only as a corporate transport, but with police and medical services worldwide, its extra cabin size providing a very useful increase in utility. Bell currently offers a twin engined LongRanger, the TwinRanger, while a US company offers the twin engine Gemini ST conversion of the LongRanger. It also forms the basis of the 407.

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