Helitech 2016: Jet Ranger LIVE with new technology
Newly designed LIVE units for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X will feature ITT Enidine’s vibration absorption technology, it was announced on 4 October.
ITT is a diversified manufacturer of components and customised technology solutions for the energy, transportation and industrial markets. The Enidine brand creates a variety of vibration isolation and energy absorption products for commercial aviation, military and rotorcraft use, which it will showcase at Helitech International 2016.
ITT Enidine designed its multi-modulus journal and spherical bearings as the outcome of an engineering collaboration with Bell Helicopter. The bearings have been developed to reduce noise and vibration for a more comfortable passenger experience and to extend the lifespan of rotorcraft components.
According to Ryan Evans, aerospace product manager of ITT Control Technologies, the resulting level of technology integrated in the LIVE units is ‘not typically expected within the cost-friendly, "short light single" class of helicopters’.
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is designed with a flat floor, increased cabin volume and clamshell doors to undertake a variety of missions. The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X features a Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite and Arrius 2R engine with dual-channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control. It has a range of 360nm, useful load of 1,500lbs (680kg) and a cruise speed of 125kts.
The rotorcraft has completed over 800 test hours and is on track to be certified by the end of 2016.
Bell Helicopter has received over 350 letters of intent for the Jet Ranger X, most recently from Paraguay-based Signature SRL. In June 2016, Bell Helicopter embarked on a four-month demonstration tour of Japan with the aircraft, looking to tap the Japanese market for new customers.
This is not the first time ITT’s Enidine brand has partnered with Bell Helicopter; its rotorcraft product offerings were featured on the first test flight of the Bell 525 Relentless on 1 July 2015.
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