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BELL JETRANGER 206L
Aircraft Model: Bell JetRanger
 
Aircraft Type: Aeromedical Evacuation Helicopter
 
Fly During Show: No
 
Display Open To Public: Yes
 
Web Site: www.lifeteam.net
Bell JetRanger
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LIFETEAM AIR EVAC

The History of Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam was established by a group of local citizens to provide air medical transportation and ensure immediate access to definitive health care for their remote community in the Missouri Ozark region. Although air ambulances were primarily based in metropolitan areas at the time, the company founders believed that the people who need air medical transport the most were those living in rural areas, often far away from a hospital.

That was 1985.

Today, Air Evac Lifeteam has grown to be the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air ambulance service in the United States. Since its founding, the company has transported more than 135,000 patients in need, serving as the critical link to improved response time and immediate access to medical care facilities for numerous rural communities across 12 states.

The company is supported by an expanding community of more than 635,000 members, who pay an annual fee and are entitled to be transported free-of-charge for life- or limb-threatening medical emergencies. Membership support enables the company to provide its services in rural areas that otherwise might not be capable of supporting an air ambulance service.

As the company has evolved since 1985, it has remained true to its original mission and patient first focus through an unwavering dedication to:

Remaining an independent provider, which makes it possible to impartially work with other health care providers, including over 1,300 diverse referral sources representing over 600 hospitals and over 700 EMS agencies, to ensure patients are cared for and transported to the most appropriate medical facility; Providing service to the medically underserved areas of rural America, often in rural areas that other air ambulance companies may not adequately service; Responding rapidly through a contiguous footprint of mutually-supporting bases in collaboration with numerous hospitals, physicians, 911 centers and EMS agencies; Taking an active role in the advancement of health care services in the communities it services, through local interest in, knowledge of and relationships in each community; Providing superior patient care and aviation operations associated with substantial financial resources, a professionally managed, common infrastructure and standardized, centrally controlled operations. Air Evac Lifeteam's mission-driven culture remains at the heart of the organization and reflects its singular purpose as it continues to establish bases throughout rural America.

BELL HELICOPTER MODEL 206

The Bell Helicopter Model 206 JetRanger is a two-bladed main rotor, turbine powered helicopter with a conventional, two-bladed tail rotor. The aircraft uses hydraulic boosted flight controls.

Development In October 1961, the Army submitted a request for proposals (RFP) for the Light Observation Helicopter (LOH). Bell, along with 12 other manufacturers (including Fairchild-Hiller and Hughes Tool Co. Aircraft Division), entered the competition. Bell submitted their design for Model 206, which was selected out of the design phase of the Navy-run competition by the Army and designated as the YHO-4A.

YOH-4A LOH in flight Bell produced five prototype aircraft in 1962 to submit to the army for the test and evaluation phase. During the testing phase, the test pilots complained about the power problems of the aircraft, an issue that apparently knocked it out of the running, because when the winners were announced to progress on to the final selection phase, Bell's YOH-4A wasn't selected. Afterwards, Bell attempted to market the model 206, but it didn't fare well commercially. Bell's market research showed that it was the body design that customers found mostly unpalatable. Bell redesigned the fuselage of the airframe to be more sleek and aesthetic, and reintroduced it as Model 206A JetRanger which was a commercial success.

The 206A, and B are five-seat designs, with two seats in the front and a three seat bench in the back.

206L LongRanger The 206L LongRanger is a stretched variant with seating for seven (the LongRanger, stretched a total of 30 inches, adds two rear-facing seats in between the front and rear seats). Since their first delivery in 1975, Bell has produced more than 1,700 Ls across all variant types. In 1981 a military version was released, the 206L "TexasRanger". The original 206L utilized a Allison 250-C20B engine, and a series of model upgrades replaced this engine with more powerful versions; the 206L-1 used a 250-C28 and the 206L-3 and 206L-4 used the 250-C30P with 490 shaft horsepower.

In 2007, Bell announced an upgrade program for the 206L-1 and 206L-3 which is designed to modify the aircraft to the 206L-4 configuration; modified aircraft are designated 206L-1+ and 206L-3+. Modifications include strengthened airframe structural components (including a new tailboom), improved transmission, upgraded engine for the L-1, all of which result in a max gross weight increase of 300 pounds and increased performance.

Company information and photo courtesy of Lifeteam
Helicopter information courtesy of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedi

 
 
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