Sikorsky Firefly: An Electric Helicopter
Produced by Glenn Pew (http://www.glennpew.com/) for AVweb.com. It's at nearly gross weight before the pilot steps in and can only fly for 15 minutes, but that's not the point. Sikorsky Innovations sees the Firefly as a testbed for the technologies that may make for a real electric helicopter ... someday.
Hiller Rotorcycle, Ultralight Personal Helicopter 1957
Small enough personal helicopter when folded to carry in a pod under an aircraft's wing or on the luggage rack of your car, this contraption becomes a full sized helicopter in a matter of minutes - capable of taking off from your backyard and flying anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area on a single tank of gas.
In1954 Hiller Helicopters was selected by the Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics to build a one man, foldable, self-rescue and observation helicopter. The Hiller Model 1033 was designated by the military as the XROE-1 "Rotorcycle." Two prototypes were built at the Hiller Helicopter Plant in Palo Alto, California. The helicopter has the Hiller Rotormatic control paddles with a conventional tail rotor. Power was supplied from a Nelson H-59, two cycle, 40 hp, four cylinder opposed air cooled engine through a centrifugal clutch. The prototype Rotorcycle first flew on January 10, 1957.
Hiller Helicopter Plant in Palo Alto, California, USA
Main rotor dia. 18.50 ft.
Tail rotor dia. 3 ft.
Overall length 18.50 ft.
Maximum height 92 in.
Gross weight 546 lbs.
Empty weight 290 lbs.
Useful load 270 lbs.
Maximum speed (sea level) 70 mph
Cruising speed 52 mph
Rate of climb 1160 ft/min
Effective range 30 miles
Range at sea level
(with 170 lbs. pilot and
86 lbs. of fuel) 166 miles
Rotorfest 2008 - Escovar Mario Mosquito Helicopter
Escovar Mario Mosquito Helicopter
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Sunday October 12, 2008
IN THIS VIDEO, watch as a Escovar Mario Mosquito Helicopter is put through its paces in a demonstration over Brandywine Airport. I have corrected everything that referred this helicopter as an autogyro.
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Trek Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle, Personal JetPack
Springtail Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle (EFV-4A)
The Springtail EFV-4A is a fourth generation single engine powered-lift research vehicle. This craft was built for the express purpose of testing and proving our core technology. This was accomplished on November 5, 2003 when transition to forward flight was achieved. This vehicle is still in service and is being employed as a test bed for further enhancements and refinements to the technology. We are currently using this vehicle for expansion of the flight envelope.
POSSIBLE MILITARY DESIGNATION: XVC-4
larry quits turbine helicopter dream
I'm not flying the turbine again without a governor! Too hard to manage rotor RPM.
I've gone back to the good ol' MZ202 engine. As for flying a turbine ultralight helicopter, I'll dream-on.
Moquito XE Helicopter flying (PART 2) - FullFlap.TV 22ndJuly09
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Last week we got the details. For the price of one Robinson R22 you could buy nearly 5 of these and pay for all the training. But does it really fly or is it just a model?
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This guy obviously has too much free time. I would still like to have one for myself.
Mosquito XE Ultralight Helicopter
John Uptigrove in a Hover in his Mosquito Xe Ultralight Helicopter. Mosquito Aviation are giving away a Mosquito XE + $10,000 flight training. Purchase a link to be in www.mosquito.net.nz
Youtube saved my life! 11th hour to Fosters.
Notice my make-shift jerry-rigged(1) air-scoop attempt to cool a bearing! This video and comments received convinced me to take it off. A few months after, a fellow pilot and friend, Eddy Thompson, was killed when a fin he added to his Mosquito fell off and into the tail rotor. And then a few months after that a local friend, 85 year old Paul Block, was killed when a part fell off the tail of his gyrocopter in flight. RIP Paul and Eddy.
David across the river said he has 4 acres open and cut to 6 inches and his 2 kids would enjoy seeing my helicopter, so as I headed over to my field I noticed the two kids waving and thought I'll just circle back around and try to find his field and land in it. As I was turning back I screwed up and was almost in a hover at 150+ feet and so had to nose down and get going again. (It was not a super bad screw-up. I slowed to 18mph when I should have maintained 35+ to be in the safe zone). I pulled too much cyclic in the turn --- maybe a carryover from flying fixed wing? I'm happy I figured it out and fixed it without too much delay and not even looking at the airspeed indicator. (got my speeds and alt post flight via GPS track data recorded in a Garmin Oregon - hey, got to have a Oregon living in Oregon).
(1) "jerry-rigged" no connection to Jerry Wilson.
Larry flies helicopter across river to island, GB103.
After some practice hovering auto and little quick stops (they have to be little because my space is little) I finally got up enough courage to fly across the river to the large island, west, down stream, where I had checked out a place to land a few weeks ago. I was surprised at how much I need to continue to push the stick forward to keep accelerating and did not accelerate to the speed I thought I would as I went over the water. I was thinking I'd want to go faster in case the engine quit. Same on the way back. But all went well and I did more flying after my first river crossing and had another great day learning to fly my Mosquito Ultralight Helicopter by Innovator Technologies. It feels like being Superman! faster than a Bald Eagle, leap across wide rivers in a single bound, what a high!