Bell Stats & History

BELL® History

The BELL® 206® series Helicopter is a light single-engine helicopter that has been produced since in 1962.

The 206® is now the backbone of the civil fleet and is the starter for generations of pilots in turbine-powered flight. It is an adaptable, safe, reliable and predictable aircraft.

Many pilots and other people have articulated their fondness to the manufacturer and the design that has been a part of the aviation world longer than many of the people who fly it have been alive.

In 1967, BELL® produced the first versions of “the JetRanger®”.

The US Army has since designated the 206® for their turbine helicopter trainer crafts, as well as in other nations.

The JetRanger’s popularity started to grow and people wanted a bigger seating capacity. BELL® stretched the cabin 18 inches. The total stretch was 30 inches, including a 12 inch section in the tail boom. BELL® added two rear-facing passenger seats and a eventually a beefier engine. Designers jokingly referred to the modified 206B as the “long ranger” but the name stuck, and in October 1975 the company delivered its first 206L® LongRanger®. The LongRanger® initially used the same engine as the JetRanger®, the 429-shp Allison 250-C20B, however this engine was not big enough for the larger aircraft.

Following this, in 1978, the second LongRanger® version was certified with a 500-shp Allison 250-C28, and in 1981 the third version was given a still more powerful engine, the 250-C30P.

In 1992, BELL® introduced the 206L-4® LongRanger® IV with an identical airframe, but a transmission rated to 490 SHP. That allowed an increase in the MGW to 4,450 lb.

The 206® fleet has more than 55 million flying assignments including emergency medical, offshore, and homeland security. The primary reasons people buy a 206® are “the simplicity of the aircraft, its reliability, its ease of training, as well as the direct operating costs,” said Bob Fitzpatrick, Bell®’s senior vice president of business development.

BELL® today is building the L-4® in Canada.

The LongRanger® is a very reliable aircraft and flies more smoothly that a JetRanger®. This is because the LongRanger® has a nodal beam absorption system (like a shock absorber) dampening vibrations.

Since 1967, BELL® has produced more than 4,800 206A/B’s and 1,700 206L’s for civil and military customers, making the 206® arguably the most popular turbine helicopter ever built. Tens of thousands of pilots have flown them over the past four decades.

BELL® 206® BIII® JetRanger® Data
This data is generalised for informational purposes, gathered by in-house tests. If you wish to know further details or specifics then please contact us.
Weight
Maximum Gross Weight (with IIGW kit)
3,350 lbs1,519 kgs
Empty Weight (standard config)
1,710 lbs775 kgs
Useful Load (with IIGW kit)
1,635 lbs741 kgs
Useful Load with Full Fuel
1,135 lbs514 kgs
Maximum External Load (cargo hook)
1,500 lbs680 kgs
Size
Cabin Length (aft seat and leg room)
3’3″ ft0.99 m
Cabin Width
3’11” ft1.19 m
Cabin Height
4’3″ ft1.30 m
External Length
32’5″ ft9.89 m
External Length (including blades)
39’4″ ft11.96 m
External Width (at horiz. fin)
6’4″ ft1.96 m
External Height (low skids, to mast)
9’7″ ft2.91 m
Rotor Diameter
33’4″ ft10.16 m
Performance
Service Ceiling
20,000+ ft6,096+ m
Hover Ceiling, IGE
19,500 ft5,943 m
Hover Ceiling, OGE
14,800 ft4,511 m
Rate Of Climb
1,540 fpm469 mpm
Capacities
Required Crew
1
Passengers
4
Rotor Blades
Main Rotor
2
Tail Rotor
2
Speed
VNE (Maximum Air Speed)
130 kts149 mph
Long Range Cruise Speed
113 kts130 mph
Range
Maximum Fuel Range (LRC Speed)
389 nautical mi
Endurance (Loiter Speed, 57 ktas)
4.7 hrs
Fuel
Fuel Capacity (standard)
344 litres
/ 91 US Gallon
Fuel Consumption (average)
95 litres p/hour
Auxillary Tank
N/A
Engine
Single Engine
Manufacturer
Allison
Model
250-C20 B / J
Engine Power
420 shp313 kw
Maximum Continuous
370 shp276 kw
Transmission
Take Off
317 shp236 kw
Maximum Continuous
270 shp201 kw
BELL® 206® LIV® LongRanger® Data
This data is generalised for informational purposes, gathered by in-house tests. If you wish to know further details or specifics then please contact us.
Weight
Maximum Gross Weight
4,450 lbs2,018 kgs
Empty Weight (standard config)
2,407 lbs1,092 kgs
Useful Load
2,119 lbs961 kgs
Useful Load with Full Fuel
1,391 lbs630 kgs
Maximum External Load (cargo hook)
2,000 lbs907 kgs
Size
Cabin Length (aft passenger)
5’0″ ft1.53 m
Cabin Width (aft passenger)
3’11” ft1.2 m
Cabin Height (aft passenger)
3’11” ft1.2 m
External Length
34’8″ ft10.56 m
External Length (including blades)
42’5″ ft12.92 m
External Width (at horiz. fin)
6’11” ft2.1 m
External Height (low skids – top vert. fin)
10’0″ ft3.04 m
Rotor Diameter
37’0″ ft11.28 m
Performance
Service Ceiling
20,000+ ft6,096+ m
Hover Ceiling, IGE
20,000+ ft6,096+ m
Hover Ceiling, OGE
16,500 ft5,029 m
Rate Of Climb
1,350 fpm411 mpm
Capacities
Required Crew
1
Passengers
4
Rotor Blades
Main Rotor
2
Tail Rotor
2
Speed
VNE (Maximum Air Speed)
130 kts149 mph
Long Range Cruise Speed
116 kts133 mph
Range
Maximum Fuel Range (LRC Speed)
336 nautical mi
Endurance (Loiter Speed, 57 ktas)
3.9 hrs
Fuel
Fuel Capacity (standard)
419 litres
/ 111 US Gallon
Fuel Consumption (average)
140 litres p/hour
Auxillary Tank
TBC
Engine
Single Engine
Manufacturer
Allison
Model
250-C30P
Engine Power
726 shp541 kw
Maximum Continuous
630 shp470 kw
Transmission
Take Off
490 shp365 kw
Maximum Continuous
370 shp276 kw
BELL® 407® Data
This data is generalised for informational purposes, gathered by in-house tests. If you wish to know further details or specifics then please contact us.
Weight
Maximum Gross Weight (with IIGW kit)
5,250 lbs2,381 kgs
Empty Weight (standard config)
2,676 lbs1,214 kgs
Useful Load (with IIGW kit)
2,582 lbs1,171 kgs
Useful Load with Full Fuel
1,832 lbs830 kgs
Maximum External Load (cargo hook)
2,646 lbs1,200 kgs
Size
Cabin Width (aft passenger)
3’11” ft1.2 m
Cabin Height (aft passenger)
3’11” ft1.2 m
Cabin Length (aft passenger)
5’0″ ft1.5 m
External Length
34’9″ ft10.57 m
External Length (including blades)
41’7″ ft12.68 m
External Width (at horiz. fin)
7’4″ ft2.22 m
External Height (low skids – top vert. fin)
10’3″ ft3.10 m
Rotor Diameter
35’0″ ft10.66 m
Performance
Service Ceiling
20,000+ ft6,096+ m
Hover Ceiling, IGE
19,200 ft5,852 m
Hover Ceiling, OGE
17,600 ft5,364 m
Rate Of Climb
800 fpm243 mpm
Capacities
Required Crew
1
Passengers
6
Rotor Blades
Main Rotor
4
Tail Rotor
2
Speed
VNE (Maximum Air Speed)
140 kts161 mph
Long Range Cruise Speed
120 kts138 mph
Range
Maximum Fuel Range (LRC Speed)
342 nautical mi
Endurance (Loiter Speed, 60 ktas)
4.0 hrs
Fuel
Fuel Capacity (standard)
483.8 litres
/ 127.8 US Gallon
Fuel Consumption (average)
170 litres p/hour
Auxillary Tank
72 litres
Engine
7 Place – Single Engine
Manufacturer
Allison
Model
250-C47P
Engine Power
813 shp606 kw
Takeoff Power
674 hp503 kw
Maximum Continuous
701 shp523 kw
Transmission
Take Off
674 shp503 kw
Maximum Continuous
630 shp470 kw