Bell 525 Relentless Unveiled at Heli Expo 2012

 Bell 525 Relentless

In a dramatic show of dry ice and pumping music, Bell Helicopter unveiled its much-anticipated 525 Relentless super medium transport at the Heli Expo 2012.

The largest heliocpter ever developed by Bell, the 525 is aimed primarily at long range missions such as the offshore oil support market. It resembles a larger stretch of the Bell 429, and weighs in at more than 19,000lb.

Revealing its latest development, Bell Helicopter President John Garrison says the company is “on a mission” to revitalize its product line. A customer advisory panel helped Bell finalize the design. “They told us loud and clear” they need lower operating costs and better performance, says Garrison. “We developed a new super mdeium helicopter and it’s in a class all by itself.”

Equipped with the Garmin 5000 avionics system, the 16-seat 525 helicopter has a BAE Systems-developed fly-by-wire flight control system. It is powered by twin GE CT7 engines driving a five bladed main rotor, and is configured with an extra-large cargo hold.

The Bell 525 aircraft has a lift-assist tail boom and canted tail rotor to aid control authority and increase the operational center of gravity range.

 

-aviationweek.com

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