View Full Version : Historical Helicycle
08-07-2011, 09:00 PM
I just found this picture of the first Helicycle.
I'll bet most people don't know the amazing Turbine Helicycle was once powered by 3 piston engines.
Tom, I got a 8mm video of it flying up in Oshkosh when they first came out. I dont have a 8mm camera no more but I'm trying to find a used one on EBay so I can get this footage converted and put on U-tube.
08-08-2011, 09:16 AM
That even looks like B.J. Schram.
08-08-2011, 12:03 PM
Yep that B.J. and the first, Saw Him at Oshkosh 1995. The mini 500 was there too.
08-08-2011, 08:02 PM
BJ's convertible helicopter - claimed it would do 125 MPH.
More a marketing ploy in this configuration than anything else as he told me when we talked about it when he did my check-out. At the time he was using the Rotax engines and the pushers were I believe Xenoa's.
08-08-2011, 09:42 PM
The first time I talked to BJ about the pusher I said BJ, speaking to you as a helicopter pilot, this will hurt sales of the Helicycle, because it now looks like a contraption rather than a real helicopter. Don't get me wrong, he did a nice job installing them, but I think helis like Rotorway are successful because they look like helicopters, not science projects.
And of course they're gone now, and I daresay the Helicycle is the best kit helicopter on the market, bar none.
08-08-2011, 10:00 PM
I believe BJ was just experimenting with his version of a compound helicopter here. The Helicycle was already developed and flying (piston engine) . He used identical pusher engines on the stub wings and had modified one engine to run in the opposite direction than the other to eliminate torque issues.
I think this compound heli is the one BJ hit power lines with. He survived but the machine did not.
08-09-2011, 11:35 AM
He did exberiments on an elete also, compound with wing.
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