Scott’s-Bell 47’s (SB47) quest to put a revised edition of the iconic Bell 47 back into production is now a step closer. The Le Sueur, Minn.-based company recently received orders for 38 of its Rolls-Royce RR300-powered 47GT-6 helicopters from a diverse customer list, the majority of which are from authorized dealers for exports into Asia/Australasia.
Scott’s-Bell 47 announced yesterday at Heli-Expo that it will build new Bell 47 helicopters, dubbed the 47-GT6, powered by the Rolls-Royce RR300 engine. The $820,000 iconic bubble-canopied helicopter will be built from scratch, not remanufactured, and will be based on the 47G-3B-2A type design that has a 3,200-pound max gross weight with external load. Internal useful load will be 1,400 pounds, and external load 1,650 pounds.
The iconic bubble-canopied Bell 47 helicopter is coming back. Scott’s-Bell 47 announced yesterday at Heli-Expo that it will build new Bell 47 helicopters, dubbed the 47-GT6, powered by the Rolls-Royce RR300 engine. The aircraft will be built from scratch, not remanufactured, and will be based on the 47G-3B-2A type design, taking advantage of the 3,200-pound max gross weight with external load that model was originally designed for. Internal useful load will be 1,400 pounds and external load 1,650 pounds.
Scott’s-Bell 47 (Booth No. 5309) will launch a Model 47 upgrade program here at Heli-Expo and is also developing composite replacement main rotor blades with IAC Ltd.
The upgrade gives customers the choice of having their existing Model 47 refurbished or purchasing a completed refurbished/upgraded 47G-2A (narrow body) or 47G-2A-1 directly from Scott’s.
The program covers all Lycoming-powered 47G helicopters. Included are new main rotor blades as well as a new instrument panel, new interior and Texas Helicopter STCs, such as No-Bar, Sprag, and Muffler.
Cessna’s 206 piston-powered single is a great airplane, but replacing the original Continental Motors or Lycoming engine with a smooth-running Rolls-Royce 250 makes the 206 a powerful performer that is quieter and easier to fly. Soloy Aviation Solutions has been stuffing the RR250 (formerly Allison) into the 206 since the mid-1980s, and demand for the extensive modification along with other 206 upgrades continues to grow.
The current type certificate holder of the venerable Bell 47 might be interested in putting the iconic piston helicopter back into new production.
At this year’s Heli-Expo, Bell CEO John Garrison was adamant that the company could afford a new civil helicopter program. “Capital-wise we have the ability to invest in new platform development. That is not a constraint. We just have to pick and choose,” Garrison said, declining to identify the market sectors Bell was considering. “The business has the ability to fund it.”
Scott’s Helicopter Services of Le Sueur, Minn., has acquired the type certificate and assumed all aspects of commercial spares support, technical support and continued airworthiness for the Bell 47 (H-1, 2H1 and 2H3 models). The aircraft will be known as “Scott’s-Bell 47.” Scott’s is a Bell-approved customer service facility.
Scott’s Helicopter of Le Sueur, Minn., has acquired the type certificate and assumed all aspects of commercial spares support, technical support and continued airworthiness for the FAA type-certified Bell 47 (H-1, 2H1, and 2H3). Henceforth the aircraft will be known as “Scott’s-Bell 47.” The Bell 47 made its first flight on Dec. 8, 1945, and Bell and its licensees built more than 5,600 before production ended in 1974.
Bell 47G-3B-2, Lafayette, Ind., July 24, 2008–A fatigue fracture of the carburetor heat control valve spring and inadequate maintenance inspection by the pilot/ mechanic caused the loss of engine power and subsequent crash of the Bell 47, according to the NTSB. The spring had had 832 hours in service. An additional cause was the low altitude of the operation, an aerial application run.