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.
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