Olivier Andriès, CEO Turbomeca; Chuck Evans, Director of marketing support of Bell; and Philippe Couteaux, EVP strategy and development (from left to right)
Turbomeca, a Safran company, will bring its entire proximity network to bear in supporting
customers of Bell Helicopter’s new five-seat, short light single engine helicopter. In a first ever
collaboration between the two corporations, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X will be powered
by Turbomeca’s latest Arrius 2R gas turbine.
The Arrius 2R engine delivers performance and power within the 450-550 shaft horsepower
class, while improving safety and lowering pilot workload via a Full Authority Dual-channel
Engine Control (FADEC). The twin-module engine configuration will reduce fuel consumption
and lower the cost of operation. The Arrius 2R offers proven reliability and a 3,000 hour
Time-Between-Overhaul at service entry, as well as Turbomeca’s renowned service and
Turbomeca Chairman & CEO Olivier Andriès said, “This is a great moment for Turbomeca
and we are proud that the newest member of our Arrius family will power the Bell 505 Jet
Ranger X. We believe the 2R provides the right combination of power, performance and
value and I pledge our commitment to earning the confidence both of Bell and its worldwide
customer base. The development of the engine is on track, the first test bench run is planned
for April 2014 and certification is aligned with the helicopter’s development schedule. The
engine will be assembled at our Turbomeca USA facility in Dallas (Texas).”
“After 75 years of commitment to the rotorcraft industry, I am honored and delighted that
Bell, a company with a high reputation for product quality and support, has selected us as a
partner. To respond to operators’ needs, notably to those of small fleet operators, we will
triple the number of Certified Maintenance Centers in the next 10 years.”
More than 3,000 Arrius engines have been sold by Turbomeca, accumulating 6.6 million
flight hours for 430 customers in 60 countries.
Turbomeca (Safran) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced 70,000
turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Offering the widest range of
engines in the world and dedicated to 2,500 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a
proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 30 proximity maintenance centers, 18 Repair & Overhaul
Centers, and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of
Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.
For more information: www.turbomeca.com and www.safran-group.com.