Bell 505 Jet Ranger X: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

Bell Helicopter launched the Bell 505 at the 2013 Paris Air Show as the Bell SLS (Short Light Single).

The company unveiled the official name at The HAI -Heli-Expo 2014 at Anaheim in California. First flight of this light utility helicopter is slated for late 2014 and the company expects type certification in 2015.

Missions: Training, VIP, corporate

First Delivery: 2015/2016


Max speed (Vne): 120 kts (144 mph/232 kmh)

Range: 300 nautical miles (657 km)


Useful Load: 680 kg

Passengers/Crew 4 passengers and single pilot

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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