At Heli-Expo, Bell Helicopter announced today the new Bell 525 Relentless “super medium” helicopter.
The Bell 525 Relentless defines the new “super medium” product class – positioned at the upper end of the medium class and designed to offer best-in-class capabilities to customers. It features superior payload and range, cabin and cargo volumes and crew visibility. Capable of carrying up to 16 passengers, the Bell 525 Relentless is designed to support customers in various mission configurations including oil & gas, search & rescue, helicopter emergency medical services and VIP/corporate transport.
Speeds: +140 kts (+260 kph)
Range: +400 nm (+740 km)
Max Gross Weight: +18,000 lbs (+8,160 kg)
Useful Load: +4,000 lbs (+1,800 kg)
Standard Seating: 2 Flight Crew – 16 Passengers
Power Plant: 2 X GE CT7-2F1
Avionics: Garmin G5000H, 4×15-in. Touchscreen Displays
Flight Controls: BAE Systems Fly-By-Wire
This new Bell helicopter will feature a new state-of-the-art flight deck, called “ARC Horizon”.
The new ARC Horizon flight deck will feature unparalleled crew situational awareness through the use of a fully integrated, glass flight deck coupled with an advanced fly-by-wire flight control system resulting in enhanced safety levels and mission capabilities.
The ARC Horizon will debut the Garmin G5000H integrated avionics suite. It features high resolution, wide aspect ratio primary flight displays (PFD) and multi-function displays (MFD). The system supports multiple display sizes and is scalable to support a large number of display and touchscreen controller configurations. The landscape oriented displays have multi-pane capability that allows multiple pages to be viewed side-by-side on any of the displays. Therefore, pilots can simultaneously view their primary flight display, maps, charts, checklists and system synoptics, HTAWS, TCAS, flight planning, weather or video input pages.
Fly-by-wire with flight control computers by BAE Systems provide the ability to operate demanding missions in austere environments safely and reliably with decreased pilot workload.
The new Bell 525 Relentless will be powered by the GE CT7-2F1. This latest version of the CT7 engine family is designed with an emphasis on low fuel consumption, low cost of operation and with other technical features to ensure aircraft meet the requirements of long range, high payload missions. The CT7-2F1 engine includes a state-of-the-art Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) plus advanced materials, primarily in the turbine section.
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