Bell 206 JetRanger
The JetRanger family of helicopters are among the most popular turbine helicopters ever built and today are reliably working in a range of corporate, homeland security and utility missions around the world. A small news or traffic helicopter (typically a Bell Jet Ranger) costs from $700K to $1.2M.
The Bell 206 JetRanger was initially designed to compete in a US Army Light Observation Helicopter [LOH] competition. Bell lost that competition but the 206 was commercially successful. Modified for the commercial market, the aircraft has proved to be widely successful with a large production run (including under licence by Augusta) and several derivatives. The prototype first flew in January 1966 and the commercial Model 206A began delivery early in 1967. The uprated Model 206B Jetranger II went into production in 1971, and the Model 206C Jetranger III (with modified tail rotor and uprated powerplant) in 1977.
The Bell 206 Jet Ranger light helicopter has accommodation for two pilots plus three passengers. The world's most popular series of single-engine helicopters earned its fame the hard way: 7,300 JetRangers produced in civilian and military missions worldwide logging over 38 million flight hours. The 206's history of reliability - best safety record among all single-engine helicopters - its mission flexibility and low operating and maintenance costs have long made the JetRanger a favorite of the energy industry.
The Bell 206 JetRanger is undoubtedly the most well-known of all rotorcraft. This light utility turbine powered aircraft has proven itself repeatedly in aerial cinematography. It's extremely versatile, relatively inexpensive to rent, practically all commercial camera mounts have been designed for it and, in one version or another, is probably the most readily obtainable helicopter worldwide. The safety and reliability record of the JetRanger is considered to be the standard of the industry.
In 1974 Bell flew the prototype Model 206L Longranger with a further uprated engine, bigger rotor, more fuel capacity, and a 0.63m fuselage extension allowing 7 people to be carried. This has also been modified as the Model 206L-2 Longranger II, and in 1981 a military variant, the Model 206L-3 Texasranger. Initially, a 317 horse power unit was fitted but progressive variants have now increased to 650 hp.
The Bell 206L LongRanger is a stretched variant of the legendary Bell 206 JetRanger. It can seat six passengers in comfort making it ideal for corporate transportation. Wide opening doors gives easy access to the spacious cabin. The Bell 206L Longranger is ideal for VIP transport, slinging operations and all other operations that require higher payload capabilities than the Bell 206 Jetranger.
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. The patented Nodal Beam suspension system for reduced vibration and club passenger seating allows for face-to-face conversation. Sixty-one inch, wide opening doors ideal for easy access to an 80ft³ (2.3m³) cabin. The 1 + 6 place seating, and a 2,123lb (963kg) useful load delivers mission flexibility, including shuttling offshore passengers, SWAT team insertions, or VIP transport. Safety features include rupture-resistant fuel cells, upper body restraints, energy absorbing seats, and a collective mounted throttle.
The FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system improves productivity and safety while reducing workload for helicopter operators. The patented FastFin System modifies the tailboom with two parallel stall strips (Dual Tailboom Strakes) and re-shaped vertical fin, optimizing airflow around the tailboom for dramatically improved handling. FastFin will also expand the lifting capacity of your helicopter, increase performance and enable greater stability in all flight regimes, including high and hot hover conditions. Additionally, FastFin will reduce fatigue for both pilots and airframes.
Easily installed on the helicopter’s tailboom, strakes organize and control aircraft rotorwash, reducing the undesired sideways lift on the left side of the tailboom. Dual Tailboom Strakes, included with each FastFin System, reduce the turbulence under the tailboom, reducing tail rotor pedal reversals by as much as 50 percent. Strakes are among the most cost-effective, multi-functional, value-added modification ever developed for single-rotor helicopters with enclosed tailbooms.
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