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Bell 206 BIII Jet Ranger Helicopter for sale

Key Features

  • High Skids with Flight Steps
  • 3500 hours TT
  • Fresh Annual (11/2016)
  • New Airwolf TT Straps (11/2016)
  • Overhauled Turbine (09/2016)
  • Particle Separator
  • Engine Re-light System
  • Night Scanner
  • Baggage Compartment Extender
  • Deluxe Avionics Console
  • Automatic Door openers
  • Maintenance Steps and Handles



  • 3 x BOSE X Headsets (Lemo)
  • Garmin GMA 340 Comms Panel
  • Garmin GTX 328 Transponder
  • Mode S
  • Garmin SL30 Nav/Com
  • Garmin SL40 Radio
  • Bendix King Skymap IIIc
  • Bendix King ADF

Other Items

  • Spare Flight Steps
  • Ground Handling Wheels
  • Full Covers including blade covers


Other Information

  • Rolls Royce Allison C250-C20J
  • MTOW 1451kg
  • D.O.M. 1987
  • Excellent Component Times
  • Always Hangared
  • G registered
  • United Kingdom based

Exterior Paint Scheme

  • Blue and Cream


  • Two tone
  • Grey Leather Seats
    Grey Carpet
This is a superb example of an iconic turbine helicopter. No expense spared on her maintenance and upkeep. All AD’s/SB’s fully upto date. Always hangared and private usage only. Available for immediate delivery due to imminent arrival of replacement helicopter. Presented in blue and cream with a two tone grey leather interior. A sophisticated array of Garmin Avionics and includes 3 x BOSE X powered Lemo connector headsets. Without doubt, one of the best mid range turbine helicopters in the United Kingdom.

A Chopper Spotter helicopter mover is also available by seperate negotiation i.e. not currently included in this offer.

£395,000 plus V.A.T. if applicable

Contact Joel Tobias on 07831 349499


Helicopters v Software

Eurocopter AS 332 L2By now, you will all know that another Super Puma, this one operated by CHC, has ditched just west of Sumburgh near the Shetland Islands. This tragic accident claimed 4 lives of the 18 souls on board the aircraft. I’m sure everyone will join me in extending best wishes and condolences to the family and friends of those that perished.

This accident is tragic enough but the fact that the flight was apparently just 2 miles short of its destination makes the tragedy somewhat crueller, added to this is the consideration that the impact was probably not the cause of the terrible loss of life, but some other factor which I believe to be related to difficulties experienced in exiting the wreckage. It’s a horrific thought to contemplate that the passengers survived the crash but died trying to free themselves. Read More→


The Jetbox, becomes G-JTBX

After 4 years of ownership I decided to change the registration of my faithful steed. I’m not sure why I chose to do it now and not last year  when it was grounded for the best part of 9 months, but I did.

It’s a reasonably simple process in that a CAA CA1 form needs to be filled out detailing the new registration and any change of ownership (there wasn’t). After that you send this, along with the appropriate fee to the CAA who will make the required changes to their register. Simultaneously, the CAA arrange for a new certificate of registration and also an ARC and radio license.

I also had to notify my insurers and arrange for my transponder to be changed to reflect the new registration. Throughout all of this,  the aircraft must also be grounded, but the CAA do have a typical 3 day turnaround and as I was going on holiday anyway for two weeks I wasn’t too concerned.  Finally, I had to have the old designation removed and replaced with the new one. Bye bye EWAW, hello JTBX !

I have to say, it was weird climbing into the aircraft and using the new callsign, but I love it – and it sounds great.

Helicopter Bravo X-RAY sounds so much better!

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Eurocopter Open Day at Oxford

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Eurocopter open day at Oxford Kidlington recently. The primary purpose of this open day was to introduce prospective customers to the Eurocopter range, the EC120B, their ‘entry level’ helicopter in particular. I have very little hands on experience of the Eurocopter range, although I have visited their  factory at Marianne, Marseille and I’ve flown in a few Squirrel’s. However that’s not really a lot. I’ve always loved the look of the EC120 and I wasn’t going to miss out on the chance to sit in one. The only other time i’ve managed to do this is at the Eurocopter stand at Cholmondeley Paegeant of Power and co-incidentally a few days ago when I sat in my pal Roy Murphy’s recently acquired machine G-FCKD (see the video here). Read More→