Bell Helicopter’s Model 206 Jet Ranger is iconic. Around 8,500 aircraft were produced, in multiple civil and military variants. But the company stopped building the five-seat 206B in 2010, to focus on larger rotorcraft. Then, in 2013, Bell returned to the five-seat light helicopter business with the Model 505 Jet Ranger X.  Designed to compete primarily with Robinson Helicopters’ turbine-powered R66, to replace the 206B and older light singles. The 505 is a more powerful ...

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