Huey Reincarnated as Bell 210

 - October 9, 2006, 6:02 AM

At press time, FAA certification of the Bell 210, a single-turbine medium helicopter derived from the military UH-1H Huey, was imminent. Bell Helicopter begins with a refurbished UH-1H fuselage and adds Bell 212 dynamic components and an FAA-certified Honeywell T53-517B turboshaft engine. The result is a zero-time, commercial off-the-shelf helicopter with a useful load of 5,000 pounds. The company says the 210 costs about $3 million and has direct operating costs of less than $650 per hour.