Aeros Helicopter Plans
The Aeros Homebuilt Helicopter is one of the most superbly engineered single-place helicopters we have seen. The Plans manual offers page after page of highly detailed construction prints, photos and assembly instructions to guide the builder.
This single-seat helicopter can be built in a well-equipped home shop. It features a bolt-together main frame and a conventional helicopter control system: full collective with a twist-grip throttle, full cyclic and foot-operated tail-rotor pedals.
For low cost and reliability, the Aeros Homebuilt Helicopter drive train utilizes a converted VW car engine and a primary belt drive that leads to a geared transmission with VW gears. The belt-driven tail rotor is high-mounted to minimize the rolling moment caused by tail-rotor thrust.
A number of weight-saving features have gone into the design of the Aeros Homebuilt Helicopter, including a simple, but attractive monocoque tail boom. The Aeros can be licensed as an Experimental Aircraft.
Aeros Homebuilt Helicopter Plans
While offered to the homebuilt helicopter enthusiast interested in a helicopter designed to high standards, these plans may be a little beyond the average experimenters ability with specialized casting required for the main rotor transmission and many engineered parts.
Advertised as “page after page of fully detailed construction prints, photos and assembly instructions to guide the builder”, these helicopter plans certainly fall short of being the “complete” set of plans missing vital assembly explanations.
The Aeros Homebuilt Helicopter is certainly a well thought out helicopter “of it’s time” and a proven flyer though it is hard to come by any flying examples other than the concept craft. Finding any others that have actually been built and flown has been unsuccessful.
Today, there are better options available that are still supported through builders groups and forums such as the AW95 helicopter.
There are however, some useful drawings with dimensions in the Aeros helicopter plans for some of the helicopter specific parts that may be useful for those intending on building their own designed home built helicopter.
A useful hardware list is included listing many aircraft parts required for construction.
|Width (Skids)||5 ft|
|Main rotor diameter||22 ft|
|Main rotor chord||8 inches|
|Main rotor RPM||450|
|Disc loading||2.5 lb/sq ft|
|Tail rotor diameter||40 inches|
|Tail rotor chord||3.5 inches|
|Tail rotor rpm||3200|
|Empty weight||544 lbs|
|Useful load||356 lbs|
|Speed (max)||85 mph|
|Range (max)||65 miles|
|Power loading||9 lbs/hp|
|Fuel capacity||12 gallons|
|Fuel consumption||4 gph|
|Altitude (max)||12000 ft|
This single-seat helicopter can be built in a well-equipped home shop. It features a bolt-together main airframe and a standard helicopter control system.
▣ Full collective control stick
▣ Twist-grip engine throttle
▣ Full directional cyclic control
▣ foot-operated anti-yaw tail rotor pedals
For low-cost and reliability, the drivetrain utilizes a converted VW (Volkswagen) car engine and a primary v-belt drive that leads to a custom geared transmission with standard VW gears.
The belt-driven tail rotor is high-mounted to minimize the rolling moment caused by tail rotor thrust. A number of weight-saving features have gone into the Aeros, including a simple but attractive all aluminum monocoque tail boom.
The Aeros has previously been licensed in the United States as an Experimental Aircraft.
AEROS PLANS: Available from Vortech