Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Scott’s Gives Bell 47 New Pair of Boots
|Scott’s Bell 47 during Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Andrew Drwiega|
This brings Rolls-Royce’s RR300 light turboshaft powerplant to the Bell 407GT-6 light utility helicopter. “We will deliver an engine for the first flight test in June,” said Greg Fedele, senior vice president Helicopters for Rolls-Royce. “The engine integration only took a small amount of work,” he added.
The RR300 was launched in 2007 based on the M250, of which 30,000 engines were produced. It has been optimized for performance between 240-300 shp with a recommended 2,000-hour heavy maintenance inspection (HMI). It also powers Robinson’s R66.
With more than 1,000 Bell 47s still flying, despite production being closed 40 years ago, Scott’s Bell owner Scott Churchill has positioned his company to be the established OEM with the production of the Bell 47GT-6 and for spare parts for other variants.
|Rolls-Royce RR300 at the engine maker’s booth. Photo by Frank Lombardi|