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We have selected a few particular YouTube helicopter movie clips based on them being different, unusual or relevent to our site. At the end of each video, a selection of similar clips may be shown for your viewing pleasure (some do not).
While there are literally hundreds of helicopter related video clips available on YouTube, searching through them all would take forever so we welcome suggestions for videos you find that are directly relevent to our sites content.
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Tip-Jet Dragonfly DF1 Helicopter
A hydrogen peroxide powered, torqueless ultralight single seat helicopter with amazing performance!
|VIDEO: Tip-Jet Dragonfly DF1 Helicopter|
The Dragonfly DF1 is a "tip-jet-helicopter" that uses rockets attached to the tips of its blades to power it instead of a conventional fixed motor attached to the body. The self-propelled rotorblades cancel the need for the typicle long tail rotor boom making this craft very compact. The rockets produce no pollution and are fueled by 70 percent hydrogen peroxide (H202) supplied by a pair if fuel tanks surrounding the pilot's seat. They are capable of propelling the DF1 helicopter to a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph) and can send the craft climbing to a ceiling of 4,000m (2.485 miles) at a rate of 700 m (2,300 ft) a minute.
Further details can be found at the USA distributor website.
Homebuilt Helicopter Crash
The unfortunate side of a combination of bad piloting, poor training, or mechanical failure?
|VIDEO: Homebuilt Helicopter Crash|
This craft seems to somewhat resemble either the Cicare CH-6, MC-1 or similar clone design. No information on what happened to the pilot though the damage to the craft is obvious! It "appears" that the pilot is in that grey area of the "dead man's curve" for safe height/velocity helicopter performance when the 2 stroke engine fails.
There isn't quit enough height or speed to perform a safe autorotation and the chopper lands extremely hard collapsing the landing gear instantly. A good reason for designing a safe impact absorbing airframe that can sustain this type of crash, eg; much stronger landing gear that still flexes (or folds) with impact, partial pilot protection with a cabin or other structure and an impact absorbing style seat like used in military applications. While this video demonstrates what can go wrong, I wouldn't say it is as common as we would like to think with many homebuilt pilots taking to the skys daily without incident.
Static rollover or dynamic rollover - either way it's not a good situation. Tricycle gear is nutoriously unstable on smaller helicopters and hovering in long grass offers little cushioning affect of the downwash.
|VIDEO: Homemade Helicopter Crash|
Showing some European enginuity and great scavenging to creat a nice design, one persons interpretation of an experimental helicopter. While there are many questionable areas of helicopter construction, it looks like a great start to a fun little homebuilt helicopter design.
|VIDEO: Samogradnja letelice (A Homemade Aircraft)|
Rotorway Exec Helicopter - Factory
It might have taken them a long time to get around to it, but Rotorway have eventually come around to using the modern "poly-chain" style cog-belt drive in place of the heavy and very messy multi-link chain drive.
|VIDEO: Factory Cog Tensioner installed in Rotorway 162F|
Rotorway Exec Helicopter - After Market
This is considered the RIGHT WAY (or rather preferred way) to install a tensioner by all belt manufacturing companies. The reason is that is maintains more surface contact for the belt to the pulley teeth increasing grip and decreasing the likelyhood of teeth jumping. It should be mentioned that some belt types can only be tensioned from the inside due to breaking the materials backing strands, softer belts do not suffer from this.
|VIDEO: VP Cog Tensioner installed in Rotorway 162F helicopter|
Part two (2) showing the drive fully engaged and at speed. I really like this belt drive idea and would like to see more AW95 helicopter builders move towards refining it for that design. There has been one conversion I have seen in the past, the SkyTwister H (a version of the Adams Wilson helicopter design) which used a Hirth engine and cog-belt drive. It looked clean and very neat.
|VIDEO: VP Tensioner on Prodrive|
Chinese Homebuilt Helicopter
A helicopter closely resembling the Cicare CH-6 or a Mini 500 clone.
|VIDEO: This helicopter looks like it uses Mini 500 (or cloned) running gear|
This clip has been circulating for some time but we thought it relevent as it can show what can be done when someone really wants to build their own helicopter. Not to mention, how many times have you seen a guy buzzing around the back streets at such low altitude in a residential area?