- 01 Jan 2020
- Mike Chase
- Helicopter Comparison
Bell continues to build the Bell 206L-4 version of the Long Ranger. This has a further power upgrade from the 206L-3, using a 726 shp Rolls-Royce 250-C30P turboshafts, a 4,550 lb gross weight and strengthened tail rotor drives and main transmission. Internally, the Long Ranger IV has a comfortable rear 5-seat cabin with a sixth passenger in front.
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The Bell 206L-4 costs between $800k for a 1993 model and $1.9m for a 2016 model, according to Aircraft Bluebook’s Winter 2021 data. These values represent the average retail price for the respective model years. The value of an individual aircraft will depend on several aircraft-specific factors, such as its maintenance condition, the number of hours on the airframe and engines, the time before the next major inspection is due, and more. These will essentially drive the price negotiations between a buyer and seller.
Other popular single-engine, multirole turbine helicopters similar to the Bell 206L-4 include the Airbus H130 (and the AS 350 family that preceded it). The H130 usually accommodates up to six passengers in the VIP/corporate role, and has a range of 347nm.
The Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV built upon the features offered by earlier aircraft in the family, though its enhanced power is likely to appeal most to the range of VIP/corporate operators shopping the pre-owned market.
Compared to the Bell 206L-4, the latest variant – the Bell 407GXi – has a Rolls-Royce 250-C47E/4 turboshaft engine with dual digital full authority digital engine control (FADEC), and a range of 337nm at long-range cruise speed. It also features a modern Garmin G1000H NXi integrated flight deck.
Bell 206L-4 Helicopter Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
The Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV single-engine turbine helicopter was one of several upgrades to the LongRanger product line. The range was derived from the original Bell 206 model.
With the 206L-4, Bell once again boosted the power of its LongRanger product, while retaining a spacious helicopter interior that still packs a punch for VIP and corporate users on the pre-owned market today.
The Bell 206L-4 entered production in the early 1990s, and was manufactured until 2017, when the LongRanger line ceased production. Bell manufactured over 1,700 LongRangers since the mid-1970s. According to JETNET data, 487 of those aircraft were 206L-4s.
What features does the Bell 206L-4 offer?
Offering a range of about 270nm, the Bell 206L-4 represents another power upgrade to the line, featuring a 726shp Rolls-Royce 250-C30P turboshaft.
It has a gross weight of 4,550lbs, strengthened tail rotor drives, and main transmission. The 206L-4 can potentially hold up to six passengers, with one sitting in the front.
What came before and after the Bell 206L-4?
The Bell 206L-4 is a member of a long-running, well-established helicopter family, beginning with the development of the original Bell 206 in the 1960s. The Bell 206B-3 was a particularly notable example, capable of carrying four passengers and powered by a single Allison 250-C20B turboshaft.
The LongRanger family derived from the Bell 206B model and offered a larger cabin space, and the capacity to seat an additional passenger. The Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III preceded the Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV. Today, the range is represented by the Bell 407, which is derived from the 206L and has been produced since the mid-1990s.
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