The Arrius 2R. Photo by Philippe Stroppa, courtesy of Turbomeca
Certification of the Bell 505 appears on target for 2016 following type certification of Bell Helicopter’s first Turbomeca engine.
The French company recently received EASA approval of its Arrius 2R, a 504-shp turbine that reduces pilot workload through the only—according to Turbomeca—dual-channel FADEC in its engine range. The 2R will be assembled at Turbomeca's facility in Dallas, Texas, and delivered to Bell’s dedicated 505 assembly center in Lafayette, Louisiana. So far, 15 have been delivered. This is the first time Bell has made use of a Turbomeca engine in one of its production aircraft.
The 505 Jet Ranger X is a five-seat, single-engine light turbine announced at the Paris Air Show 2013 as Bell’s Short Light Single (SLS) and currently marketed for utility, corporate, parapublic and training roles. Bell first flew the aircraft Nov. 10, 2014, at its Mirabel, Québec, manufacturing facility. The company has constructed three flight test vehicles and expects to achieve certification next year.