Helicopter kits have been around now for many years. The industry has progressed both technologically and with improved affordability offering a range of safer designs to appeal to the masses.
With increasing demand and an understanding of the home builders requirements, the kit helicopter has become viable to those who wish to "build-their-own" and take to the skies!
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Augusto Cicare - Various 1 and 2 seat helicopter designs. Some consider Mr Cicare a modern day revolutionist in helicopter design and development. While being virtually isolated from worldwide exposure he has been continually working on evolving helicopter designs from his home in Argentina.
Amongst his many achievements was the more famous single seat Angel CH-7 kit helicopter after his unsuccessful association with Dennis Fetters in the development of the Mini 500 single seat kit helicopter.
The Dynali H2S - two (2) seat Subaru Powered Sports Helicopter and the Dynali H3 EasyFlyer Sports Ultralight Helicopter powered by Rotax. An innovative european design incorporating a stainless steel airframe with festoon type enclosed tail rotor. A strong, neat looking, and very powerful (with Subaru) little chopper.
Originally designed with the Subaru EJ25 power plant, it now offers the option of the rotax 914 powerplant. It has found a market in Europe where it has been widely accepted for it's smart design and reliable performance. Yet another great option to the commercial Robinson R22 helicopter as a less expensive alternative.
Eagle R&D - single seat turbine powered kit helicopter. From designer, builder, extrordinaire B.J. Schramm, the originator of the Scorpion 1 and 2 and the Exec kit built helicopters.
B.J. has left his ongoing legacy in the first commercially viable TURBINE powered single seat owner built helicopter kit. Though it has gone through some initial teething issues, the company stood behind it's product and continues to support all those who want an "entry level true TURBINE powered helicopter".
Vertical Aviation Technologies - 4 seat Sikorsky style helicopter kit with 950 lbs useful load and fully articulated three (3) bladed main rotor head.
Undertaking a project of this size is to be commended. We aren't talking the price of a car here, more like the price of a large luxery house! Not to mention the many assembly hours... What you end up with though, is an amazing piece of machinery that is right up there and in some cases, exceeds the commerial built helicopters.
Starting with the base model CH7 Heli-Sport S.r.l. - 2 seat tandem rotax 914 powered helicopter kit there are a total of 4 helicopters now including the CH7 Kompress Charlie, CH7 Kompress Charlie 2 and the CH77 Ranabot.
Cicare took the CH-7 to Heli-Sport of Turin, Italy, and Heli-Sport took the CH-7 helicopter to the next level, the CH-7 Kompress! The CH-7 kit helicopter varients have a HUGE following in Europe, often having more than a dozen at a time showing up at fly-ins and airshows.
Innovator Technologies - single seat ultralight helicopter kit available with multiple engine options. Numerous different models flying all around the world.
If you haven't heard of this magnificent little machine, you must have been hiding under a rock? There are so many being built and so much support for this aircraft, it has been a winner in sales, price and performance. A pitty the LoneStar never evolved further as I imagine this is close to where it would have gone, there are MANY similarities in design and philosophy. If you were looking for a recommendation on an entry level kit built helicopter, this is it!
Rotorway International - 2 seat Exec helicopter design with the new A600 FADEC Talon is now available. It comes with cog-belt main rotor drive system and a shaft driven tail rotor system adding to reliability and reducing maintenance.
One of the few kit helicopters that can claim to have been the primary influence of the experimental helicopter market development worldwide. While the Rotorway Scorpion and Exec helicopters were the benchmark for owner - builders, they were slow to progress in the later stages of refinement and development with new technologies... until now!
Canadian Home Rotors - 2 seat Lycoming powered kit helicopter. An oldy but a goody! Originating from the Commuter series of kit built choppers before morphing into the Baby Bell (and at one stage the Cobra kit helicopter) before Bell helicopters suggested a name change may be in order.
The result was the solid and reliable Safari kit helicopter which has an optional more modern looking cabin in the R&D stage for those not wanting the traditional MASH helicopter look. You can go past this two (2) seater for longevity, low maintenence, and reliability.
Completely "gear driver" there are NO BELTS to fail and it even has a fully automatic rotor engagement system that does not require pilot intervention!
Helisport Australia - Ultrasport helicopters, Rotor Blade Balancing Systems, and Ground Power Units (GPU's) also trading as: Vibrotech Aviation and TEC (Aust-Asia).
Not quite sure what happened to this modern little design, it was owned by an American, then I believe sold to a Taiwanese company, used as drones, and still being marketed by an Australian company (Vibrotech) which is the last known contact for this innovative kit helicopter.
A great little design that is having a resurgence with turbine conversions popping up in both the USA and Europe.