- 22 Jun 2021
- Tony Kioussis
- Aviation Podcasts
Bell's Model 206L-3 Long Ranger III is a substantially more powerful version of the Long Ranger II with the Allison 250 up-rated by 215 shp to 650 shp and 100 lb increase in takeoff weight. It also has an improved Noda-Matic rotor head which results in lower noise and vibration levels and large double side doors for easy loading of EMS stretchers.
The Bell 206L-3 costs between $500k for a 1982 model and $650k for a 1992 model, according to Aircraft Bluebook’s summer 2021 data. These values represent the average retail value for the respective model years. Sale prices tend to be highly individualized, however, and several factors specific to the serial number will determine its ultimate value. This includes maintenance condition, time on the airframe and engine, status of the Life Limited Parts and the proximity of the next major overhaul, among other things.
Operators could consider other variants of the Bell 206L-3, such as the Bell 206L-4, which provides more power and weight.
The Bell 206L-3, like other members of the LongRanger family, offers an appealing blend of power and capacity for corporate and VIP users. This makes it a popular model with buyers on the pre-owned turbine helicopter market.
Compared to the Bell 206L-3, the Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV brought another power upgrade to the product range, this time in the form of the 726shp Rolls-Royce 250-C30P turboshaft engine. Moreover, the Bell 206L-4 offered a higher gross weight of 4,550lbs, and a strengthened tail rotor drives and main transmission.
Bell 206L-3 Helicopter Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
The Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III is one of several upgrades to the original LongRanger model – which was itself a stretched version of the popular Bell 206 JetRanger. Offering an attractive blend of power and capacity, the Bell 206L-3 remains active on the pre-owned market today.
The LongRanger III was produced for about a decade from 1982, with 607 units being manufactured in this time (JETNET data), before the Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV entered production.
What features does the Bell 206L-3 offer?
Like its predecessors, the Bell 206L-3 was a stretched version of the 206B model, and is capable of holding five passengers and a pilot (versus four passengers in the JetRanger model).
The Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III was a substantially more powerful version of the LongRanger II, with the Allison 250 engine uprated by 215shp to 650shp. The aircraft features Bell’s Nodamatic rotorhead, substantially reducing noise and vibration.
What came before and after the Bell 206L-3?
The Bell 206L-3 is a member of a long-running, successful helicopter family, beginning with the development of the original 206 model in the 1960s.
The Bell 206B-3 was a particularly successful example; capable of carrying four passengers, and powered by a single Allison 250-C20B turboshaft, it has a range of about 370nm.
The Bell 206L-4 followed the 206L-3, being manufactured from the early 1990s until production ended in 2017, bringing the LongRanger line to an end.
Today, the range is represented by the Bell 407, which is derived from the 206L and has been produced since the mid-1990s. The current production model – the Bell 407GXi – has a Rolls-Royce 250-C47E/4 turboshaft engine with dual digital, full authority digital engine control (FADEC), and has a range of 337nm at long-range cruise. A Garmin G1000H NXi integrated flight deck is also featured.
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