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Author: Industry Watcher   Date: 10/11/2019 9:27:15 AM  +2/-1   Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

The 505 uses the 500 h.p. Arrius.  Unless they've secretly got one in development, RR doesn't currently have a 500 h.p. engine.  The C20 is too small, and the C30 is too big.  Plus neither the C20 nor the C30 have the dual FADEC that Bell wanted for the 505.  The RR-300 is obviously too small, and the FADEC-equipped C47 would be overkill.  The Arrius is "just right."  So the chances of Bell fitting some sort of RR engine to the 505 are pretty slim.


Now, as for sales and "all the people" buying the 505...  Let's look at the numbers as of October 2019...


Bell is up to MSN 301, according to the latest figures on Rotorspot.  But the first 10 were either Bell test ships or not built at all.  Of the rest (291), more than 30 airframes have no registration number assigned to them at all.  For many of the ones that do have a Canadian registry assigned, a search of Transport Canada's website turns up zero information on them.  It's like Bell "sort of" assigned a registration number to the airframes but hadn't done the paperwork with Transport Canada yet.  (And Rotorspot does show the progression of registry for each serial number even if the aircraft went to another country.)  So we're looking at "around" 200 Bell 505's actually built, sold and delivered.  200 ships delivered in three years isn't a bad run.  But it looks like production may be stalled at 300, unless Bell does with the 505 what Boeing is doing with the 737-MAX-8 (which is keep building them even though they're grounded and airlines are cancelling orders for them).  



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