Bell SLS will be ‘505 Jet Ranger X’

The Bell SLS has been named the 505 Jet Ranger X. (Bell)
The Bell SLS has been named the 505 Jet Ranger X. (Bell)

Bell has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of its new 505 Jet Ranger X at the Heli-Expo 2014 in Los Angeles.

Previously known as the Short Light Single (SLS), the 505 will be feature a Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine with dual FADEC providing 376kW at takeoff, a high inertia rotor system, and the Garmin G1000H avionics suite.

“Bell Helicopter changed the face of the industry nearly 50 years ago with the introduction of the legendary JetRanger,” said John Garrison, CEO of Bell Helicopter. “Today we reveal the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, the high-performance, high-value aircraft our customers have been asking for in this category. Not only is the Bell 505 competitively priced, it offers a combination of features, capabilities and support customers have come to expect from Bell Helicopter.”

The five-seat 505 is due to make its first flight later this year, and will be marketed towards the utility segment, corporate and private owners, and training schools.