Bell 222 & 230

  • CountryCanada and USA
  • TypeTwin engine light utility helicopters
  • Powerplants222B - Two 505kW (680shp) Avco (Textron) Lycoming LTS 101750C turboshafts driving a two blade main rotor and two blade tail rotor. 230 - Initially two 520kW (700shp) takeoff rated Allison 250C30G2 turboshafts.
  • Performance222B - Max cruising speed 240km/h (130kt). Initial rate of climb 1730ft/min. Hovering ceiling in ground effect 10,300ft. Range with no reserves 724km (390nm). 230 - Max cruising speed (with wheels) 261km/h (141kt), economical cruising speed (with wheels) 256km/h (138kt). Service ceiling 15,500ft. Hovering ceiling in ground effect 12,400ft. Range at economical cruising speed, with standard fuel, wheels and no reserves 558km (301nm), or 713km (385nm) with skids; range with wheels and auxiliary fuel, no reserves 702km (380nm).
  • Weights222B - Empty equipped 2076kg (4577lb), max takeoff 3472kg (8250lb). 230 - Empty with wheels 2312kg (5097lb), max takeoff 3810kg (8400lb).
  • Dimentions222B - Main rotor diameter 12.80m (42ft 0in), fuselage length 12.85m (42ft 2in), height 3.51m (11ft 6in). Main rotor disc area 128.7m2 (1385.4sq ft). 230 - Main rotor diameter 12.80m (42ft 0in), length overall 15.23m (50ft 0in), fuselage length with wheels 12.87m (42ft 3in), with skids 12.81m (42ft 0in), height overall with skids 3.20m (12ft 2in). Main rotor disc area 128.7m2 (1385.4sq ft).
  • CapacityStandard seating for eight, including pilot, in four rows. Alternatively four in main cabin in club configuration.
  • Production184 Bell 222s built. Bell built 38 230s between 1992 and August 1995.

Ringer proclaimed advancement of the all new 222 twin in 1974, after the positive reaction created by a mockup proposal showed at that year's Helicopter Association of America tradition.

Having observed potential clients' inclination and proposals, Bell adjusted its outline likewise, and the ensuing advancement exertion prompted the Model 222's first flight in August 1976. Various progressed gimmicks were composed into the 222, including the Noda Matic vibration diminishment framework created for the 214st, stub wings lodging the retractable undercarriage, procurement for IFR aeronautics, and double water powered and electrical frameworks.

The 222 was recompensed FAA certificate in December 1979. Creation conveyances started in right on time 1980. Ensuing improvement prompted the all the more influential 222b with a bigger width principle rotor, presented in 1982, and the basically comparable 222ut Utility Twin, which gimmicks slide arriving apparatus set up of wheels.

The Bell 230 is an advancement of the 222 with two Allison 250 turboshafts rather than the 222's LTS 101s or more different refinements. To start with flight of a 230, a changed over 222, occurred on August 12 1991, and Transport Canada confirmation was granted in March 1992. The primary conveyance of a generation 230 happened that November and clients had a decision of slip or wheel undercarriage. Creation stopped in 1995. The 230 has been supplanted by the extended, all the more capable 430, depicted independently.

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