First announced as BELL SLS
in the 2013 Paris air show, the Short Light Single
engine helicopter will feature a high visibility, fully flat cabin floor with five forward-facing seats. Performance will include a speed of 125 knots (232 km), a range of 360 to 420 nautical miles (667 km) and a useful load of 1,500 pounds (608 kg).
The new aircraft will be powered by the Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine, 450-550 shp class, with Full Authority Dual-Channel Engine Control (FADEC). It will also meet IATA Stage 4 noise targets.
The new name Bell 505 Jet Ranger X
was first unveil at Heli-Expo 2014 where has garnered 171 letters of intent.
The Bell 505 first flight
was November 10, 2014 at the Bell Canada Mirabel facility.
The assembly line
will be located in a Louisiana-funded facility at the Lafayette Regional Airport. A 82,300-square-foot hangar scheduled for completion by June 2015 by KBR Inc and under lease from the state of Louisiana.
As of March 2016, the Bell 505 has received more than 350 letters of intent (LOI) from around the world.