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Overview

In this section you'll find information about my favorite helicopters I used for flight training early in my flying career:

Bell 206 JetRanger
MD 500E Helicopter
Robinson R22 Beta II


Bell 206B III - JetRanger


The famous Bell JetRanger is a single engine, land based, utility-type helicopter designed for take-off and landing on any reasonable level terrain.
The standard configuration provides for one pilot and four passengers.


GENERAL DATA TABLE 206B III

ENGINE

Model Number* 250-C20J
Manufacturer Allison Engine Company
Max. cont. Power (SHP) 85% Torque = 270 HP
Take-off Power (Rated) 100% Torque = 317 HP
Transient Power (5 sec.) 110% Torque = 348 HP


*The Allison 250-C20J is a 420 (SHP) turbine engine flat rated to 317 (SHP) for installation in the JetRanger.

 

AIRSPEED (Vne)

3 000 lbs and less 130 KTS / 150 MPH
3 000 lbs and over 122 KTS / 140 MPH
Max. Autorotation 100 KTS / 115 MPH
Aft Door(s) off 87 KTS / 100 MPH
Forward Door(s) off 69 KTS / 80 MPH
85 to 100% Torque 80 KTS / 92 MPH


RECOMMENDED AIRSPEEDS (Emergency)

Engine Failure 50-60 KTS / 60-70 MPH
Min. Rate of Descent 52 KTS / 60 MPH
Max. Distance (Autorot.) 69 KTS / 80 MPH
Hydraulic Failure 61-69 KTS / 70-80 MPH


MAXIMUM ALTITUDE

3 000 lbs and less 20 000 FT (PA)
3 000 lbs and over 13 500 FT (DA)


WEIGHTS (FAA certificated max. Gross Weights)

Standard Landing Gear 3 200 lbs
High Gear and Em. Floats 3 200 lbs
Ext. Loads (max. 1 500 lbs) 3 350 lbs
Standard Fixed Floats 3 000 lbs


Equipped weight, standard configuration, plus oil and lubricants is 1 604 pounds (lbs) average.

 

FUELS

All Temperatures Jet B (JP-4)
Above Zero Degree F Jet A (JP-5)


Capacity 91 U.S. Gallons or 344,5 Liter. (1.3 unusable)


MD 500E Helicopter


The McDonnell Douglas 500E is a fast lightweight, turbine powered all-purpose helicopter. Advanced technology has been used in the design and construction of the aircraft, resulting in excellent speed capabilities, high payload to empty-weight ratio, passenger and crew safety, and handling and performance capabilities of the higher order even when operating during adverse density altitude conditions.

The standard configuration provides for one pilot and four passengers.


GENERAL DATA TABLE MD 500E

ENGINE

Model Number* 250-C20B
Manufacturer Allison Engine Company
Max. cont. Power (SHP) 81.3 PSI Torque = 350 HP
Take-off Power (Rated) 87.2 PSI Torque = 375 HP
Transient Power (15 sec.) 93.0 PSI Torque = 400 HP


*The Allison 250-C20B is a 420 (SHP) turbine engine flat rated (5-minute limit) to 375 (SHP) for installation in the MD 500E.

 

AIRSPEED (Vne)

Limit 152 KTS / 175 MPH
with 35 lbs of Fuel or less 130 KTS / 150 MPH
Max. Autorotation 130 KTS / 150 MPH
Doors off 130 KTS / 150 MPH


RECOMMENDED AIRSPEEDS (Emergency)

Engine Failure 60 KTS / 69 MPH
Min. Rate of Descent 60 KTS / 69 MPH
Max. Distance (Autorot.) 80 KTS / 92 MPH
One-Way Lock Failure 100 KTS or less / 115 MPH


MAXIMUM ALTITUDE

Regardless of Weight 16 000 FT (DA)


WEIGHTS (FAA certificated max. Gross Weights)

Standard Landing Gear 3 000 lbs
High Gear and Em. Floats 3 000 lbs
Ext. Loads (max. 2 000 lbs) 3 550 lbs (FAR 133)
Standard Fixed Floats 3 000 lbs


Equipped weight, standard configuration, plus oil and lubricants is 1 510 pounds (lbs) average.

 

FUELS

All Temperatures Jet B (JP-4)
Above 40 Degree F Jet A (JP-5)


Capacity 435 lbs (Jet A) or 64 U.S. Gallons (242 Liter). (13.0 lbs unusable)


Robinson R22 Beta II


The Robinson R22 is a two-place, single main rotor, single engine helicopter primarily used for helicopter flight training.


GENERAL DATA TABLE R22 BETA II

ENGINE

Model Number* O-360-J2A
Manufacturer Lycoming
Max. cont. Power (BHP) 124 BHP
Take-off Power (5 min.) 131 BHP
Transient Power n/a


*The Lycoming O-360-J2A is a 180 (BHP) four-cylinder engine flat rated to 131 (BHP) for installation in the R22.

 

AIRSPEED (Vne)

Up to 3 000 Feet DA 102 KTS / 117 MPH
Above 3 000 Feet DA Decreasing with DA
Max. Autorotation 102 KTS / 117 MPH
Door(s) off Operation No Effect on Vne


RECOMMENDED AIRSPEEDS (Emergency)

Engine Failure 60-65 KTS / 70-75 MPH
Min. Rate of Descent 53 KTS / 61 MPH
Max. Distance (Autorot.) 75 KTS / 86 MPH


MAXIMUM ALTITUDE

Regardless of Weight 14 000 FT (DA)


WEIGHTS (FAA certificated max. Gross Weights)

Standard Landing Gear 1 370 lbs
Ext. Loads (max. 400 lbs) 1 370 lbs


Equipped weight, standard configuration, plus oil and lubricants is 850 pounds (lbs) average.

 

FUELS

All Temperatures 100LL or 100/130 AVFuel
Above Zero Degree F n/a


Capacity 19.8 U.S. Gallons or 75 Liter. (0.6 unusable)


Gallery

Images of these helicopters can be viewed in the Gallery.

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