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  • #16
    Stories and expierences?

    Hello Dave,

    Please share with us how many hours you have on the machine, whats your empty weight, typical flying weight, what altitude you fly at, fuel burn. Whats your typical flight profile when you fly every week, are you just out tooling around the boonies or are you "working"?

    Best
    Jason

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    • #17
      Not many hours on the new engine, 37 I think. Built this helicopter 8 years ago, the original engine was trouble prone. I usually fly for about half to one hour at a time. My empty weight is about 380lbs, and I weigh 155. Now, I'm in El Paso, about 4,000msl, with density altitudes in the summer months of around 7,000. I like to depart with full fuel, as I sometimes go to visit folks. Even on 100 degree days I have ample power, it still amazes me. What I really like is the reliability of the 285, once dialed in, it just runs! As far as fuel burn, I'm seeing just under 6 gallons an hour. I had considered ordering the belly tank, but it really isn't needed for my kind of flying. I have had it to 95mph indicated on several occasions, just fooling around, but enjoy flying at 70/75. The 285 is the engine we have been waiting for. Not using it for work, just having too much fun.
      Dave

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      • #18
        Keep us updated

        Thanks for the information Dave. Please keep us updated as you build time.

        Best
        Jason

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        • #19
          Dave (Rangeflyer),

          I finally got the ability to post! Bryan nice to see you here too!

          Michael

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          • #20
            Hi Michael

            Originally posted by MauiFlyGuy View Post
            Dave (Rangeflyer),

            I finally got the ability to post! Bryan nice to see you here too!

            Michael
            I just flew the Mini-500 all over the Cartersville/Rome/Cedartown area for an hour-and-a-half yesterday in beautiful weather.

            My Rotax 582 is doing well. Not a single hiccup. Really need my low fuel warning system to work right though. I almost got into a "situation." Time really fly`s by when you are having fun!

            The rotor gets a little rough when I push it above 90 MPH and I need to come off the hip with some $$$$ and buy a balancer to adjust the blade tabs and get it smooth at 100 MPH.

            Help me with your identification. I can`t place who you are and if we have met??? Are you a level III Non-Destructive Tech?.... or MEDICAL X-Ray guy?
            Last edited by bryancobb; 02-05-2017, 03:39 AM.
            Bryan Cobb, Helicopter Enthusiast
            Mfg.Engineer., Composites, Meggitt Aerospace, Rockmart, GA

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            • #21
              Any XET owners out there or XE owners that can find out the information I need...

              Looking to find out which N1 gauge you/they are using for T2A1 Turbine?

              Thx
              Tony

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              • #22
                Bryan,

                Sorry about getting back to you so late. Sounds like you are having a blast. I haven't broke through 60 yet. Still working on my fear of heights. I am more comfortable in a hang glider that a 172 or a light heli.

                I am the X-Ray guy. Trenton fly-in's 2009, 2012, and going to the upcoming 2017 this April. Going to be a great time!

                Michael

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                • #23
                  Would like to ask you guys is there any counter rotating single or double helicopter kits out there? I've done a few searches and Realy can't find anything. Thanks for your time. Sincerely SWilliams

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by baronpilot View Post
                    Would like to hear your thoughts on both. I had a Helicycle. Love the way it flew other than when it tried to kill me by going into a horrible pylon whirl in the main rotor system.

                    The Helicycle would cruise nicely at 90 MPH. A little thirsty at 14 GPH.

                    The 285 appears to be an Artic Cat 800 HO engine. Have they figured out how to keep proper lubrication of the engine with low MP and high RPM? I assume the EFI / computer handles the oil injection with RPM as a variable?

                    Also interested in the EXT. I must admit I really liked the Helicycle engine. It was the best part of the helicopter.

                    Would loved to hear PIREPS.
                    What happened that it almost killed you? Is that why you sold it? I am thinking of a helicycle...did you get out what you had into it?

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