Turbomeca Arrius

October 23, 2014 - 2:33pm

Airbus Helicopters received EASA certification for its upgraded EC135T3/P3 light twin, a model that was announced at Heli-Expo last year. Powered by a pair of Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 Plus (T3) or Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3 (P3) turboshafts, the new version of the EC135 offers 440 pounds more payload in hot-and-high conditions.

October 22, 2014 - 12:25pm

Bell Helicopter, a division of Textron, recently announced orders for 14 Model 505 JetRanger X light singles in South Africa. Bell’s local sales representative, National Airways, was responsible for the sales, mostly to “private pilots and enthusiasts,” according to the OEM. Nine of the sales were announced at the 8th Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) show last month in Tshwane, South Africa.

October 1, 2014 - 10:30am

Hourly-cost maintenance provider Jet Support Services (JSSI) was selected by Canadian Helicopter operator Blackcomb Aviation to provide coverage for the Turbomeca Arrius 2B2plus engines on the company’s Airbus Helicopters EC135T2e. The premium service selected by Blackcomb covers the powerplants’ scheduled and unscheduled events as well as life-limited components.

August 11, 2014 - 1:00am
Bell’s Model 505 Jet Ranger X

Bell’s Model 505 Jet Ranger X is making its Brazilian debut here at the LABACE show, at least in full-scale mock-up form. The company expects to fly the light single helicopter by the end of the year, and hopes that it can repeat the success of the original JetRanger that became a true “classic” of the rotary-wing world. The 505 is intended for a wide range of tasks, such as training, law enforcement, corporate/VIP transport and utility work, for which a 1,500-pound cargo hook is fitted.

June 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bell Helicopter executives told AIN that the company will be pursuing initial type certification of its new 505 Jet Ranger X light single from Transport Canada and will conduct prototype assembly and flight-testing of the aircraft from its plant in Mirabel, Quebec. First flight is expected later this year.

June 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bell Helicopter executives told AIN that the company will be pursuing initial type certification of its new 505 Jet Ranger X light single from Transport Canada and will conduct prototype assembly and flight-testing of the aircraft from its plant in Mirabel, Quebec. First flight is expected later this year.

May 13, 2014 - 3:00pm

The Turbomeca Arrius 2R turboshaft made its first ground run on April 29 at the company’s test facility in Bordes, France. The derivative engine, which is in the 500-shp class, will power the in-development Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light single. The Arrius 2R features Fadec and a 3,000-hour time between overhaul. Certification is expected late next year.

February 25, 2014 - 6:20pm

Deliveries of the Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3/P3, an upgraded variant of the EC135 light twin, will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, instead of early 2014 asannounced last year,according to an Airbus Helicopters spokesperson.

The new helicopter offers several improvements over the current EC135 T2i/P2i, yielding a 66-pound increase in mtow and improved hot/high performance–an additional 440 pounds of payload at about 5,000 feet, ISA+20.

December 12, 2013 - 3:24pm

Bell Helicopter will build its new short light single (SLS) helicopter at Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana, the company announced on Tuesday.

December 10, 2013 - 3:07pm

The Eurocopter EC135 light twin that crashed into a busy pub on November 29 in Glasgow, Scotland, was intact when it hit the roof, but neither the main rotor nor the fenestron tail rotor were rotating at that time, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch preliminary report reveals. The helicopter had been flying for one hour and 33 minutes when the pilot requested clearance to return to Glasgow City Heliport. No further radio transmission was received.

 
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