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Bell SLS attracting strong interest in Aus/NZ

Bell Helicopter’s new Short Light Single (SLS) helicopter product – which we announced back in June – is attracting a lot of interest in Australia and New Zealand, according to local distributor Hawker Pacific.

The five-seat entry-level helicopter is expected to complete its first flight in 2014 with certification to follow shortly after.

Hawker Pacific says Bell’s advisory-council-led design focuses on costs and useful load, which has contributed to its overwhelming reception.

“There just isn’t another aircraft in the world that is so well-suited to our requirements here, which is why we are extremely excited about its arrival, and so are our customers,” says Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific’s Senior Vice President, Aircraft Sales Group. “While the customer base for light single helicopters is spread right across the globe, there is a healthy appetite in Australia/New Zealand, and with the price point just right, the market is understandably excited.”

The SLS features a high-visibility, fully flat cabin floor with five forward-facing seats. Additional safety enhancing design features will reduce pilot workload, improve situational awareness and deliver superior auto rotation capabilities.

For more information or to place an Expression of Interest (EOI), please contact Hawker Pacific’s Mathew Hardy on +61 (0) 404 886 810 or email mathew.hardy@hawkerpacific.com.

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Bell re-enters Short Light Single market

Bell Helicopter has announced its return to the Short Light Single (SLS) engine helicopter market with a five-seat entry-level aircraft featuring a high visibility, fully flat cabin floor with five forward-facing seats.

Bell says the new aircraft, based on the input of a customer advisory council, is designed for a speed of 125 knots (232 km/h), a range of 360 to 420 nautical miles (667km) and a useful load of 608kg. It should complete its first flight next year.

“Bell Helicopter is no stranger to the Short Light Single market,” Bell Helicopter president and CEO John Garrison said this week at the 2013 Paris Air Show.

“We developed it nearly 50 years ago with the introduction of the Bell 206 JetRanger and are proud to have produced nearly 7,400 Bell 206 series aircraft since 1967 with over 4,400 remaining in service today.

“However, we needed to create a new, modernised aircraft to meet [the] requirements of five-seat utility, training, private and law enforcement operators,” Garrison said.

“The SLS class is both extremely competitive and price sensitive, so we collaborated with customers to incorporate their mission needs in a high performance, high value helicopter at a very competitive price.”

In a press release Bell said the new aircraft would be powered by the Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine, “which will offer the benchmark for performance and power in the 450-550 shp class, while improving safety and lowering pilot workload with Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).It will also meet IATA Stage 4 noise targets.”

The Fort Worth, Texas-based company said the helicopter’s design would reduce pilot workload, improve situational awareness and deliver superior auto rotation capabilities.

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