The Bell 407 JetRanger (ICAO: B407 / WAKE: LIGHT) is a four-blade, single-engine medium helicopter. Created in Second Life by Spijkers & Wingtips, the aircraft was based on the real-life Bell 407 Jet Ranger manufactured by Bell Helicopter.
Development of the real-life Bell 407 began in 1993 as a replacement for Bell's ageing Model 206 series. A derivative of the Bell 206L-4 LongRanger, the 407 uses the four-blade, soft-in-plane design rotor with composite hub developed for the United States Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior instead of the two-blade, semi-rigid, teetering, rotor of the 206L-4. The 407's airframe is generally similar to the LongRanger, but includes a carbon fiber composite tailboom. The helicopter has standard seating for two crew and five cabin seats. Full production began in 1996 at Bell's Mirabel, Quebec, Canada plant and produced 140 airframes in 1997, to fill the initial orders. The Bell 407 is frequently used for corporate and offshore transport, as an air ambulance, law enforcement, electronic news gathering and movie making.
Released in mid-2014, the JetRanger's Second Life mesh replica was modelled/textured by Adrian Faulkwing and Deae Parere, and scripted by Tig Spijkers. The helicopter utilizes S&W's standard incremental collective/cyclic flight system and is equipped with internal/external lighting, animated rotors (with dust/water particle effects), opening/closing doors, optional fuel system, cargo hook, an emergency floatation system, and functioning cockpit instruments. Although not necessary for flight, the aircraft also comes with a standard S&W pilot's heads-up display (HUD). The aircraft is resizable and like all S&W helicopters, is fully modifiable and is supported by several independent mod-developers.
- Pilot's heads-up display (HUD) attachment with:
- Airspeed, compass, vertical horizon, RPM, vertical speed, and altitude indicators.
- Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) with region mapping.
- Main power, floats toggle, control mode toggle, FlySafe toggle, hold altitude, co-pilot control, hover mode, fuel toggle, lights toggle, combat system, search light, lock/unlock, siren, winch/cargo hook control, MIDS, and camera control switches.
- Functioning cockpit instruments with:
- Altimeter, vertical speed, airspeed, compass, artificial horizon, and fuel gauge indicators.
- Electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) with region mapping.
- Instrument lighting.
- Animated components (instruments, main rotor, tail rotor, x6 doors, and winch system).
- Realistic lighting (navigation lights, strobes, beacon, and front-facing search light).
- Cargo winch system with cargo hook and rescue basket/harness.
- Emergency floatation system (optional).
- Incremental collective/cyclic flight system.
- Optional simulated fuel (DSA Fuel).