After seeing all sorts of luxurious cars, boats, planes and submarines, it is time to see a new design for an elegant helicopter. The Bell Relentless 525 had been rumored about for years. All kinds of whispers had flown about a secret project called either “Project X” or “Magellan.” Some believed it would be a replacement for the civil helicopter 412. However, it turned out the project was much more ambitious than that. Bell Relentless 525 is a “super-medium” twin-engine helicopter that can carry between 16 and 20 passengers.
The helicopter is currently in development. Bell has created several kits for the Relentless 525 and plans to make sure the most popular ones are available when it delivers the aircraft. The company aims the aircraft for civilian transport and already imagines various ways in which it can be used, such as “law-enforcement, air-ambulance, search-and-rescue and coastal-patrol work and corporate and VIP transportation.”
The Bell Relentless 525 is expected to feature the latest entertainment, information and high-speed-connectivity equipment which can be found on the latest private jets. Its cabin will be 4.5-foot-tall and passengers will enter through a pair of hinged doors. Ignoring the seating area, the aircraft will have 88 square feet of floor spacecabin. Moreover, baggage will be stored in a 128-cubic-foot baggage hold. Overall, Relentless 525 is the largest civil helicopter Bell has ever built. It has a range of 500 nautical miles and a top speed of 155 knots.
This helicopter is the first commercial one to feature a fly-by-wire cockpit. Moreover, the entire feel of the Bell Relentless 525 will be futuristic, with its integrated touchscreen Garmin flight deck and sidestick controls. Pricing is not yet available. However, the company announced the helicopter will take flight at some point during this spring. Moreover, deliveries will start next year.
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