Bell Expected To Introduce Clean Sheet Helicopter 'Soon' | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.18.15

Airborne 05.19.15

Airborne 05.20.15

Airborne 05.21.15

Airborne 05.22.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 05.18.15

Airborne 05.19.15

Airborne 05.20.15

Airborne 05.21.15

Airborne 05.22.15

 

Thu, Jan 19, 2012

Bell Expected To Introduce Clean Sheet Helicopter 'Soon'

Non-Military Aircraft In Development For Long-Haul Offshore Market

Bell Helicopter is reportedly getting very close to unveiling its new civilian helicopter, which it is developing for use primarily in the offshore oil market. The aircraft will fill a niche transporting oil and natural gas workers more than 200 miles off shore.

The new aircraft design is expected to be revealed at Heli-Expo in Dallas in February, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The aircraft, codenamed "Project Magellan," is designed as a twin-engine aircraft with a five-bladed main rotor. It's range is anticipated to be in the 400-600 nautical mile range, giving operators the ability to transport workers at least 200 NM and return on a single tank of fuel.

Magellan represents a clean-sheet, $500 million design project for the helicopter maker. The company is aggressively pursuing a mid-2016 certification date, with sales reaching 60-70 aircraft per year by 2020. Analysts, however, say those forecasts are "aggressive."

Bell has some established competition in the market segment. Sikorsky, AgustaWestland, and Eurocopter all make or are designing aircraft with similar capabilities.

Bell hopes that this aircraft will help fill a void left as defense budgets are cut. The company says it will need a strong line of modern civilian aircraft on the market to stay in business.

FMI: www.bellhelicopter.com

Advertisement

More News

ANN Special Report: Colorado NIMBYs Defeated... For Now

Vicious Campaign Against Skydiving Operation By Small, But Vocal, Group Loses Court Case News/Analysis by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell Those of us who work and play in the>[...]

Airborne 05.22.15: Falcon 5X Readies, Avidyne AD, LadiesLoveTaildraggers 2015

Also: Air Power Museum, ANN Could Use A Little Help From Its Friends, GE Honda, Mexican-Registry TBM 900, Legacy 500, BBJ Winglets, Wheels Up Order The new Falcon 5X is getting clo>[...]

Deadline For $30 Million Google Lunar XPRIZE Extended To End Of 2017

Progress Continues To Be Made To Return Humanity To The Moon XPRIZE and Google have officially confirmed a further extension of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. XPRIZE notes th>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.25.15)

“It is the Sikorsky Innovations charter to identify the toughest challenges in vertical flight, and to demonstrate solutions to them. Getting an all-new aircraft into flight,>[...]

S-97 Raider Starts Flight Test Program

CoAxial Helo Heralds Development Of Exciting New Rotorcraft We knew it was close... and now it's real. Sikorsky has confirmed the successful first flight of the S-97 RAIDER helicop>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC