The Bell 230 is an improved derivative of the twin-engine light helicopter Bell 222. It is a utility transport version introduced in 1991 powered by two Allison 250 turboshaft engines.

Bell Helicopter
United States
1990 to: 1995
US$.85 million (2019)
2x Allison 250-C30G2
700 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
140 knots
259 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
378 Nautical Miles
700 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
15,500 feet
Rate of Climb:
1600 feet / minute
8.13metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
3,810 Kg
8,400 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
1,000 Kg
2,205 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
246 gallon
931 litre
Baggage Volume:
1 m3 / 35 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
10 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
1.3 metre - 4.27 feet
Cabin Width:
1.4 metre - 4.59 feet
Cabin Length:
2.1 metre - 6.89 feet
Exterior Length:
15.3 metre - 50.20 feet
Tail height:
3.6 metre - 11.81 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.55 metre - 5.09 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
12.8 metre - 41.99 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

The Bell 230 is a development of the Bell 222 with newer twin Allison 250 engines and other minor modifications. On August 12, 1991, the prototype 230 took to the skies for the first time. In March 1992, the helicopter received its certification from Transport Canada. November in the same year, delivery of the first production helicopter commenced. In 1995, the production of the Bell 230 ended with a total of thirty-eight helicopters built.

The Bell 230 design incorporates two main rotor blades made of stainless steel fiberglass and elastomeric bearings on the rotor hub that acts as a hinge to flapping, lagging, and pitching motion of the rotor blade.

The helicopter can accommodate up to a maximum of ten persons in flight. Seating layout is available in a standard configuration for seven passengers and a single pilot, or executive configuration of up to six passengers with one to two pilots. The Bell 230 is normally flown with a single pilot and can be designed as a corporate or executive version, emergency medical services helicopter, or as a utility transport helicopter.

The helicopter is powered by a twin Allison Model 250 engines. Now known as the Rolls-Royce M250, it is a turboshaft engine with 6-stage axial and 1-stage centrifugal compressors, single can combustor chamber, and 2-stage axial gas generator power turbine and 2-stage axial free-power output turbine. The engine exhaust stacks are positioned on the upper part of the cowling. Fuel is deposited in three tanks located in the fuselage and sponsons.

The Bell 230 has an exterior length of 15.3 meters, an exterior height of 3.6 meters, and a fuselage diameter of 1.55 meters. It had an extra skid or wheel landing gear. The cabin height is 1.3 meters, the cabin length is 2.1 meters, and the cabin width is 1.4 meters.

The 230 has a maximum speed of 140 knots and a travel range of 378 nautical miles. The service ceiling is 15,500 feet while the hover ceiling is 12,400 feet. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 3,810 kg and a maximum payload of 1,000 kg.

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