Bell Helicopter has returned to the five-seat light-turbine market once dominated by its 206B Jet Ranger, of which some 8,500 civil and military variants were delivered. But since production of that model ended in 2010, other marques and models — notably the Robinson R66 — have come to the fore. Now, with the new Model 505 Jet Ranger X, a more powerful and sophisticated successor to the 206, with new propulsion, avionics, systems and airframe but the same transmission and rotors, ...

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