When we think helicopters, millionaire playboys come to mind who land on the heli pads of their luxury yachts. In reality, though, the best selling copters of today are light and ultralight models as well as amateur construction kits, that could be easily stored in your backyard and at times cost less than a decent sports car. In today’s episode of Automotive Territory we will be covering the smallest and consequently the cheapest choppers that exist today and let us enjoy VTOL flights on a budget.
Videos on similar topics that previously appeared on #AutomotiveTerritory:
Some of the largest aircraft that are currently used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ec6DFITBuo
Fastest helicopters that were engineered up to date: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYf_jGq1lR0
All entries that were shown in this #ATAircraft episode:
Zefhir by Curti Aerospace Division: zefhir.eu
2019 Zefhir by Curti Aerospace Division is two-seat turbine helicopter that features modern turboshaft engine, composite blades, and carbon-fiber airframe. It also comes with a unique b allistic parachute rescue system.
Robinson Helicopters: robinsonheli.com
As of 2019 the Robinson Helicopters carry three models in multiple configurations: the two seat R22, the R44 fourseater and the largest R66 with 1+4 carrying capacity.
Composite FX Mosquito Helicopter: composite-fx.com
The XE Series helicopters produced by Mosquito Aviation, commonly known simply as Mosquitos are probably the most recognizable models within the ultralight segment. Even though the company went out of business in 2015, its legacy is being carried on by the Florida-based Composite FX.
Rotorschmiede VA 115: rotorschmiede.de/va115
2019 Rotorschmiede VA 115 is an ultra-light helicopter, which is the first aircraft of its class approved in Germany. It has an empty weight of 306 lbs and an outstanding payload of 267 lbs.
Konner K1 & K2: konnerhelicopters.com/home/
In 2002, the Italian Konner S.R.L. was founded by Sergio Bortoluz, an engineer and turbine constructor with 25-year experience in the field. The company offers two aircrafts – K1 and K2, powered by the 250-horsepower TK250 engine of the company’s proprietary design.
Kiss 216 by Fama Helicopters: famahelicopters.com/index.php/en/
Located in the province of Parma, Italy, the Fama Helicopters is family owned and operated business that was established in 2009 by a helicopter flight instructor Antonino Fama and his daughter, experienced pilot Manuela Fama. The Kiss 216 the more recent among Fama builds, featuring a steel-carbon-fiber construction and a 170hp turbine engine.
Dynali H3 Sport: dynali.com/gallery.php
Founded in 1980, the Belgian Dynali started out as a fixed wing ultralight aircraft builder, but due to the wide availability and affordability of carbon fiber, since 2010 they primarily focused on production of the H3 Easyflyer Sport copter.
Safari Helicopter 500: safarihelicopter.com/
Safari Helicopter 500 is a helicopter kit that features the engine and drivetrain components from the previous Safari 400 model, but boasts of faster cruise speed due to better aerodynamic design and a new fuselage. It is delivered disassembled as a kit, but digging deeper in your pocket you may order a flight ready one.
Rotorway A600: rotorway.com
The Arizonian RotorWay helicopter kit manufacturer is one of the largest, most well-known brands in this industry that has been making helicopters since 1961. In 2011, the company introduced the A600 kit that succeeded the Exec family and as of today, is the only model produced by the RotorWay.
Hungaro Copter: hungarocopter.hu/en/sales
This bare bones flyer was developed by Zoltán Juhász, the lead engineer at the Hungarian company Hungaro Copter Limited. Sold as a kit for amateur construction it complies with the European microlight aircraft rules.
Volocopter VoloCity: volocopter.com/de
In development since 2011, the VoloCity from German Volocopter is an 18-rotor, 18-motor all-electric air-taxi VTOL that is planned for testing in Singapore in the 4th quarter of 2019.