Bell 214ST

(Photo Creds to Erickson)

Bell 214ST

The Bell 214ST is a medium-lift, twin-engine, wing helicopter. The 214ST comes from the iconic Bell UH1 series. Though it shares a type number with the somewhat-related to the Bell 214, the 214ST is larger and of quite different appearance. The Bell 214ST was originally developed as a military project from the Bell 214B BigLifter, specifically for production in Iran and the development by Bell was funded by the Iranian government. An interim twin-engine conversion of a Model 214 flew on 15 February 1977 in Texas. Because of how successful the flight was Bell pushed for the 214ST. Work started on three conforming prototypes in 1978 until The overthrow of the Shah in 1979 resulted in the cancellation of Iran’s orders. The first of the three full 214ST prototypes flew on 21 July 1979. Bell began manufacturing of production 214STs began in 1981. Type certification from the FAA and CAA for visual and instrument flight rules was awarded in 1982. The military variant followed into production with helicopter deliveries commencing in 1982.
The Bell 214ST included major design changes from the Bell 214.
The Bell 214ST has a larger, stretched fuselage with seating for 16-18 passengers and two 1,625 shp GE CT7-2A engines.
The helicopter also introduced some ground-breaking innovations for Bell, including a one-hour run-dry transmission, fiberglass rotor blades, elastomeric rotorhead bearings, and the option of either skid or wheeled landing gear.The helicopter has a cockpit door and a large cabin door on each side. The 214ST has a fuel capacity of 435 US gallons (1,650 L). An auxiliary fuel system could be added. The 214ST is the largest helicopter to be built by Bell to date.

Operators of the Bell 214ST

Military Operators

  • Brunei
    Royal Brunei Air Force

  • Peru
    Peruvian Air Force

  • Thailand
    Royal Thai Navy

  • ** Iraq**
    Iraqi Air Force

  • Iran
    The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force

  • Venezuela
    Venezuela Air Force

Civilian Operators

  • Canada
    Helicopter Transport Services

  • America
    Presidential Airways (Charter)
    Northern Pioneer
    North Slope Borough Search and Rescue

  • Japan
    Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

  • Norway
    CHC Helikopter Service

  • United Kingdom
    British Caledonian Helicopters
    Bristow Helicopters

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Capacity: Internal: 16 or 17 passengers or equivalent cargo; External: 8,000 lb (3,630 kg) sling load
  • Length: 49 ft 4 in (15.03 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 52 ft 0 in (15.85 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 11 in (4.84 m)
  • Empty weight: 9,481 lb (4,300 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weigh: 17,500 lb (7,938 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 Ă— General Electric CT7 2A turboshaft 1,625 shp each


  • Maximum speed: 143 knots
  • Cruise speed: 140 knots
  • Range: 435 nmi
  • Service ceiling: 10,400 ft (ceiling for hover in ground effect)
  • Rate of climb: 1,780 ft/min

Why Helicopters?

With FDS always proving on new challenges, adding rotor wing would not only open new doors but also new phases and ideas with FDS. Helicopters would bring a new style of flying to the game also and a new challenge. This also allows members to start new operations with helicopters, everything from VIP services, to real world scheduled flights to Military operations.

I give it a year before helicopters are added


And look at this, a request from @anon93248082 about an aircraft I know about!


Still can try!


Lol right?


I really would love to vote on this as I absolutely love helicopters. However I think developers should fine tune other requested features before going into new flight dynamics and such obligations that would be needed to create the possibilities of helicopters. Love the idea I just think it’s a little early.


Ooh, a helicopter!
That’d be interesting to see in IF, but currently I don’t have any votes to spare, sorry… (I definitely agree with @Pdouthitt)
I wonder what the controls would be like; it could take some practice get used to the way helis fly.
(And it’d certainly be entertaining to try to fly one through a hurricane! :D)


Most likely exactly the same way, your collective would for your power, your cyclic would be exactly how you control and airplane, and then your pedals would remain the same for your hover turns

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Totally understand your point and your view!


I hate to spoil the fun, but…

Although, I guess your topic does specifically request the Bell 214ST and not helicopters as a whole, so I guess it’s fine.
But I suggest going to vote for that if you haven’t already :D (Which I’m sure you have)

@racerclc Different request. So… lol


Definately worth the vote! :)

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Thank you!

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Imagine if everybody just left 1 vote… :)

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Yea for sure I will be counting on them I have been WANTING HELICOPTERS MY WHOLE LIFE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE


Well let’s vote and try ;)

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Ok thx and I want it


We will just have to see how much attention we can get. 4 Votes… so far so good! :)


So far so good! lol
I love the 214ST, hopefully I’ll end up on it one day!

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Voted for this beauty! Maybe I can fly into Alaska!

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