Turbomeca, a Safran company, is bringing its entire proximity network to bear in supporting customers of Bell Helicopter’s new five-seat, short light single engine helicopter. In a first-ever collaboration between the two corporations, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X will receive power from Turbomeca’s latest Arrius 2R gas turbine.
Turbomeca Arrius 2R. Graphic courtesy of Turbomeca
The Arrius 2R engine delivers performance and power within the 450-550 shaft horsepower class, while improving safety and lowering pilot workload via a full authority dual-channel engine control (FADEC). The twin-module engine configuration will reduce uel consumption and lower the cost of operation. The Arrius 2R offers a 3,000-hour time between overhaul (TBO) at service entry, as well as Turbomeca’s service and support capabilities.
Turbomeca Chairman & CEO Olivier Andries and Chuck Evans, Bell Helicopter director of sales and support for commercial helicopters. Photo by Bettina Frey/courtesy of Turbomeca
Chairman & CEO Olivier Andries pledged the engine maker’s “commitment to earning the confidence both of Bell and its worldwide customer base. The development of the engine is on track, the first test bench run is planned for April 2014 and certification is aligned with the helicopter’s development schedule.” The engine will be assembled at Turbomeca’s U.S. facility in Dallas, he added.
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