G-JTBX (changed in June 2012 from G-EWAW) is a UK registered Bell 206 BIII Jet Ranger. I purchased her in May 2008 after trawling around the UK for a machine. There weren’t too many available, and there aren’t too many even now, but I had a look at a few but kept returning back to this one. I looked all over the world (using the internet) but decided I wasn’t experienced, or brave enough to purchase outside of the UK.
I compiled a spreadsheet of all the Jet Rangers in the U.K. and compared the ages and hours flown and G-EWAW was in the top 20% on a number of different counts so it sort of felt right. It felt bloody expensive too – and it is!
The previous owners, two brothers, looked after her meticulously and she was stored in a custom built hangar at one of their houses. I took the plunge and took delivery of her in June 2008.
I completed my type rating in 2 days, passed my type test on day 3 and had my license driven to CAA licensing on day 4 so that I could be legal to fly it without delay. I flew 55 hours in the first month!
It’s calmed down a bit now though!