MacPherson WindFire Helicopter

mac pherson wildfire helicopter

Homebuilt Subaru Powered Helicopter

EDITOR: “I had seen this Windfire helicopter before, but know little about it. It seems to borrow from the Helicycle helicopter kit visually, with the obvious installment of the ever reliable Subaru EA81 engine. We welcome contributions to share more about this helicopter with our readers.”

ARTICLE: January 12, 2015

I have 140 fun flying hours to date in my WindFire helicopter. It’s powered by a Subaru EA81 engine short block, rebuilt by Ron @ RAM Performance with an excellent Simple Digital Systems ECU (EM5). 5 gph average fuel burn of non-ethanol premium auto fuel.

Daniel MacPherson homebuilt EA 81 subaru helicopter

The WindFire helicopter uses an MGL Voyager screens and V10 com radio, controlled and tuned by buttons on cyclic control. Microprocessor-controlled fans on radiator, front cabin heater and finned oil pan, keep engine cool even during long ground maneuver practice on warm days.

windfire helicopter glass instrument panel

The WindFire helicopter cabin and cowls are carbon fiber. Tail cone is a one-part uni carbon prepreg, and the fuel tank a one-part carbon-kevlar lay-up. Much time was consumed fabricating and assembling parts: thousands of hours! More than I kept track of.

helicopter engine control program

WindFire Helicopter Registration

  • FAA N-Number: N694JT

  • Aircraft Registrant Name: Daniel Macpherson

  • Registered Address: *

  • Certificate Issue Date: 03/23/2011

  • Aircraft Manufacturer & Model: MACPHERSON DANIEL L WINDFIRE

  • Year Mfr: 2014

  • AirWorthiness Date: 05/02/2014

SDS EM 5 4F engine computer

The installation has 145 hours of flight time on it as of Dec. 2014

Daniel MacPherson

Murphy, Idaho

Helicopter Engine Detail

115 – 140HP MPFI Dual Port Engine Models – 140lbs complete (less redrive)

ram racing performance subaru engine

A sample of Ram Racings EA81 Subaru engine conversions. Note the custom intake manifold, fuel injectors and integrated oil cooler – (at filter).

The modified Subaru EA81 comes with:

  • forged pistons,

  • stainless valves,

  • extra thrust oiling,

  • 6 extra dowels in mains,

  • balance and blueprinted,

  • dualport heads flowed and equalized,

  • custom hand built flowed intake,

  • injectors,

  • throttle body,

  • redundant in flight adjustable EFI management system,

  • Direct Fire Ignition,

  • custom handbuilt aluminum oil pan and signature valve covers,

  • alternator,

  • plugs and wires.

All MPEFI engines now have serpentine belts for cooler operation, more power,no need for 2 v-belts.

RRP: $8995.00

MacPherson WindFire Helicopter
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MacPherson WindFire Helicopter
This little helicopter has been kept pretty quiet. The WindFire Helicopter by Daniel McPerson looks to be based on the Helicycle with power courtesy of RAM Racing EA81 engine. It seems to be a one-off design, and a great one too...

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