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#1 pilotarix

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 16:20

Hi all, 
 
Most of you may have seen this already, but I just found it.
 
 
The price at the end of the page looks at least interesting but something seems to be wrong here. All information I could find say that this thing is build in Ukraine, maybe assembled here but made from US materials?
They state that the price is for a complete assembled ship ready to fly ... hard to believe or too good to be true. What am I missing here?
 
Thanks 
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 19:24

Max take-off weight of 1950 lbs with a IO-390, putting out 210 horsepower on their website. Very impressive helicopterif it indeed costs $200k. I love it when there are companies out there giving Robinson, and maybe even the entire U.S. heli manufacturing industry, a run for their money.

 

Is this supposed to be a kit helicopter?

 

Best information I could find on it is this wikipedia article in Ukranian, let it translate.

https://uk.wikipedia.../Skyline_SL-231


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Posted 31 March 2018 - 13:02

I sent an email asking for some more technical specs and they got back to me.

 

2000 hour TBO, it's an experimental category aircraft. For $200k you get the disassembled kit, requiring about 300-350 man hours to put together. Their operating costs state a $31,000 aircraft overhaul cost and the usual $30k for the engine.

 

They have their own modified lycoming engine as an option. A supercharged liquid cooled engine called the IOX-390LS



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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:56

I sat in one a couple of years ago at OshKosh. Fairly impressive to look at. Very wide cabin,ridged rotorhead, lycoming engine (air cooled). If you look at all the videos, their manufacturing facilities look impressive as well. Not sure if anyone has actually flown one here in he US.

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 13:45

Here is more information about the Scout that is not on their website, including interior/avionics pics/specs: https://www.artlebed...scout/interior/



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Posted 05 April 2018 - 09:34

I found a couple of other infos and videos and all looks pretty promising. I think it's far overdue that the established manufacturers of small helicopters got some serious competitors. Only that way there will be further development and better technologies for the future. In addition that may have a positive impact on the price of such machines event though I can't really imagine that. Looking at one of the newcomers on the European market the Guimbal Gabri G2, which is way more expensive than an R22 but there might be a good reason and at least in Europe people seem to be willing to pay the price for that. 
 
Another interesting 2 seater option on the kit helicopter market is the Dynali H3, he has his origin also in Europe (Belgium) and there he can be purchased as a certified ship (engine is Rotax 912 - 914 turbo) in the ultralight helicopter category (MTOW 450kg). There seems to be a distributor for the US market Hangar36 but other than a website not much info out there.  
 
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Posted 31 July 2018 - 08:42

Hi everybody. We showed the Scout helicopter in Oshkosh last week and we flew.  

 Vladimir. Scout Aero. Coatesville Pa.



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Posted 31 July 2018 - 19:51

Hi everybody. We showed the Scout helicopter in Oshkosh last week and we flew.  

 Vladimir. Scout Aero. Coatesville Pa.

 

When will it become certified in the US?



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Posted 01 August 2018 - 03:35

It's great that companies are bringing new light helicopters to the market. 

 

However, I think left-side PIC is a non-starter.  I wouldn't want to have to stretch and reach across with my left hand for the radios/instruments.

 

To me that kills this design.



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Posted 01 August 2018 - 04:48

However, I think left-side PIC is a non-starter.  I wouldn't want to have to stretch and reach across with my left hand for the radios/instruments.

 

To me that kills this design.

 

Seriously? Enstrom, Bell 47 and others have left hand PIC. You fly left handed while you change the radios with your right hand.



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Posted 01 August 2018 - 07:43

It's great that companies are bringing new light helicopters to the market. 
 
However, I think left-side PIC is a non-starter.  I wouldn't want to have to stretch and reach across with my left hand for the radios/instruments.
 
To me that kills this design.


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Posted 01 August 2018 - 11:55

The MD-500 series is pretty popular...

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 12:05

I have been following this helicopter as closely as possible.  I was at OshKosh last week with my ship (Safari).  I had the opportunity to fly the Scout along with my friend Marcello from Brazil.  Marcello has much more heli time than I, but I have much more experience with piston powered ships without a governor.

 

I was one of 4 guys to fly the ship, I think.  For those in the homebuilt world, I am pretty sure that Homer Bell flew it also.  I don't think that Homer had any issues. He only hovered the ship.

 

The next guy up was a Russian whose day job is flying a Global Express.  Although a Commercial Pilot he was not current and had very little time.  He almost balled the ship up while attempting to hover.  He got out and declared that there was obviously something wrong with the ship and left.

 

After Vladimir and his buddies from the factory went through the ship with a fine tooth comb, and found nothing wrong, Marcello and I climbed aboard.  Initially we were very apprehensive and took it slowly.  We hovered for about 45 minutes.  I forgot to mention that Marcello hovered the previous day for probably the same amout of time.

 

Marcello is about 185 lbs and I am 240 dressed.  It was hot out in the 90s.  We had been flying my ship the day before and hovering in the grass took all of the power available in my 180hp Safari.  In the Scout we were at about 85% power.  Yes there is a "power meter" on the glass panel.  Although there is no governor we had no trouble regulating the Rotor RPM.  We actually kept the Rotor RPM in the middle of the range for most of the hovering, with no ill effects.

 

Local politics kept us from doing extended flight in the ship.  We did make one circuit before depositing the ship near the exhibitor's tent.

 

My overall impression is that this is a fantastic ship.  This build quality is far beyond Safari, Robinson, Schweitzer etc.  It is built like a hmmmm well a Russian Helicopter.  The cabin is huge, not just shoulder room but leg room also.  With the middle seat out you could build a bin to hold a huge amount of luggage.

 

I look forward to finding out more about it, delivery, parts availability etc.

 

Bill


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Posted 17 August 2018 - 13:00

Hi All.

The Scout helicopter is parking now in New Garden airport  Pa. (FAA N57). The airshow will be here August 18-19. We will fly  on Sunday morning. Welcome to Airshow. 

Any question please call me 949-351-1339.  Vladimir. Scout Aero. Coatesville Pa. Tel 949-351-1339.

Hi Bill. Thank you for your positive post.






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