Bell 206 Series
and 407 Left Seat Pilot Kit
The Bell 206 Series and 407 Left Seat Pilot Kit allows
pilots to fly the Bell 206 and 407 helicopters in standard category from the left seat
without a Pilot-In-Command being in the right seat.
Section 1 (Limitations) of the
Bell 206 Series and 407 Flight Manuals state, Minimum flight crew consists of one pilot who
shall operate helicopter from right crew seat. Paravions Left Seat
Pilot Kit overcomes this limitation with an easy equipment installation that
weighs less than 1 lb. and takes only a few hours to complete. Along with all
hardware necessary for the installation, the kit includes a Flight Manual
Supplement stating that the helicopter may be operated by a single crewmember
from the left crew seat. This becomes very useful when
conducting such operations as presales flights with non-rated pilots, long-line
work, fire fighting, law enforcement, and aerial survey. When multi-pilot
operations are required, the pilot in command can now operate from either pilot
location. Bell 206 and 407 operators will find the Paravion Left Seat Pilot Kit
The Left Seat Pilot Kit is FAA/STC'ed
for the Bell 206 Series and 407. The Bell 206 Series installation requires that
an engine automatic re-ignition system be installed in the aircraft.
| Part Number || Description |
| 206LS-100-1 || Bell 206 Series (S/N 914 and Sub) Left Seat Pilot Kit |
| 206LS-100-2 || Bell 206B (S/N 154-914) Left Seat Pilot Kit |
| 407LS-100-1 || Bell 407 Left Seat Pilot Kit |
Typical Installation Time: 4 tech-hours
U.S. FAA STC SR00516DE (Bell 206 Series)
U.S. FAA STC SR00486DE, EASA IMRS 03152
Long Line Operations From the Left Versus
The Right Seat
It has been discovered that flying from the left seat in a Bell
206 or 407, while performing long line work, can produce as much as a 10%
greater lift capability than flying from the right.
Under normal conditions, the pilot hovers the helicopter with
the nose into the wind. While hanging out the right door to gain ground
reference over the load, he or she will have a tendency to push left pedal to
turn the right side of the helicopter more into the wind, thus causing the
fuselage to tilt with the right side down allowing for a better view. In other words,
leaning the right side of the helicopter into the wind. By doing so, as much as
10% torque is transmitted to the tail rotor, thus reducing the lift capability
by an equal amount.
In contrast, while the pilot is seated in the left seat, the
same procedure is used to gain better vertical visibility. But, in this case,
the right pedal is used to swing the nose to lean the fuselage. This reduces the
tail rotor torque requirement. In addition, the helicopter normally hangs
slightly left side down in a hover, providing a better vertical view without
manipulating the aircraft. Furthermore, while the pilot is extended out of the
left side of the helicopter, his or her body is in a more natural and
comfortable position because of the placement of the controls. This allows the
pilot to function in a more relaxed environment, which can increase
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