The 222, which first flew on August 13, 1976, incorporated a number of advanced features including dual hydraulic and electrical systems, stub wings housing the retractable undercarriage, and the Noda Matic vibration reduction system developed for the 214ST. Certificated in December 1979, deliveries of the 222 began in early 1980.
The more powerful Bell 222B was introduced in 1982 with a larger diameter main rotor. The 222B-based Bell 222UT Utility Twin, with skid landing gear, was introduced in 1983.
A development of the 222 is the Bell 230, with the 222's LTS 101 engines replaced by two Allison 250 turboshafts, plus other refinements.
A converted 222 first flew as the prototype 230 on August 12 1991. Transport Canada awarded certification in March 1992, and the first production 230 was delivered that November. The 230 had optional skid or wheel undercarriage. Production ended in 1995 with 38 having been built, being replaced in Bell's lineup by the stretched, more powerful Bell 430.
The Bell 222 and 230 are usually flown single-pilot (optional dual controls are available), and can be configured for corporate/executive, EMS or utility transport missions. The aircraft have standard seating for eight, including pilot, in four rows. Alternative seting includes four in main cabin in club configuration.
Engine output is 100% rated at 9598 RPM. Two independent drive shafts deliver power from the engines to the transmission.
The Bell 222's LST-engine exhaust stacks are located at the rear of the engines, while the 230's Allison-engine exhaust stacks are located high on the cowling.
Bell D-292 : The Advanced Composite Airframe Program (ACAP) was a 1985 all-composite LHX proof of concept project. The Bell D-292 used the Avco Lycoming engines, transmission, two-bladed main and tail rotors, tailboom, vertical fin, and rotor pylon of the 222. The new airframe used composite materials in place of metal to provide greater strength, lighter weight, lower manufacturing costs, and reduce maintenance costs.Bell 230 : In 1991 the 222B design was updated, given more powerful engines, and renamed the Bell 230. Production ended in 1995.Bell 230 Excutive : Excutive transport version.Bell 230 Utility : Utility transport version.Bell 230 EMS : Air ambulance version, equipped with one or two strechers.Bell 222SP : During the 1990s, a number of 222s were modified to use the 230's Allison engines as an after-market STC due to reliability issues with the Lycoming engines, and redesignated as 222SPs.Bell 430 : In 1995 the Bell 430, a stretched 230 (adding another seating row), was launched, with more powerful engines and a four-bladed main rotor.
In addition to the large number of civil operators, a small number of Bell 222 family helicopters have entered military service. One served with Albania from 1979 to 2001.
|First Flight||August 13, 1976||1982||1983||August 12, 1991|
|Certified||December 1979||August 1982||April 1983||March 1992|
|Seats||2 (pilot & copilot) + 5–6 passengers|
|Height||11.68 ft (3.56 m)||12.17 ft (3.71 m)||11.68 ft (3.56 m)|
|Fuselage length||42.16 ft (12.85 m)||41.93 ft (12.78 m)||42.26 ft (12.88 m)|
|Rotor diameter||40.0 ft (12.2 m)||42.0 ft (12.80 m)|
|Length overall||49.54 ft (15.1 m)||50.26 ft (15.32 m)|
|Engine (2x)||Lycoming LTS-101-650C-3||Lycoming LTS-101-750C||Rolls-Royce 250-C30G/2|
|Power (2x)||618 hp (461 kW)||680 hp (505 kW)||700 hp (520 kW)|
|Max speed|| 130 kt |
(149 mph, 240 km/h)
| 135 kt |
(155 mph, 250 km/h)
| 140 kt |
(161 mph, 260 km/h)
|Climb rate||1,580 ft/min (8.03 m/s)||1,730 ft/min (8.79 m/s)||~1,600 ft/min (8.13 m/s)|
|Service ceiling||12,800 ft (3,901 m)||15,800 ft (4,816 m)||15,500 ft (4,724 m)|
|Hover ceiling||~9,000 ft (2,743 m)||10,300 ft (3,139 m)||12,400 ft (3,780 m)|
|Fuel Capacity||188+48 US gal (710+182 L)||188+122 US gal (710+460 L)||188+ US gal (710+ L)|
|Range|| 324 nmi |
(372 mi, 600 km)
| 378 nmi |
(434 mi, 700 km)
| 386 nmi |
(559 mi, 900 km)
| 378 nmi |
(434 mi, 700 km)
|Empty Weight||4,555 lb (2,066 kg)||4,577 lb (2,076 kg)||4,537 lb (2,058 kg)||5,097 lb (2,312 kg)|
|Maximum Take-off Weight||7,848 lb (3,560 kg)||8,250 lb (3,742 kg)||8,400 lb (3,810 kg)|
|Serial Numbers||47001 – 47099 †||47131 – 47156||47501 – 47574||23001 – 23038|
|† The first five were prototype/test models|
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