RotorWay A600 Talon

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A600 Talon
Rotorway A600 in 2011.jpg
Role Helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer RotorWay International
Status In production (2013)
Unit cost
US$99,700 (2011)
Developed from RotorWay Exec

The RotorWay A600 Talon is an American helicopter, designed and produced by RotorWay International of Chandler, Arizona. The aircraft is supplied as a kit for amateur construction.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The A600 Talon is a development of the RotorWay Exec and externally resembles the earlier design. The A600 incorporates a different structure, a shaft-driven tail rotor, taller and longer landing skids and a new in-house developed turbocharged powerplant.[1]

The A600 features a single main rotor, a two-seats in side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit with a windshield, skid-type landing gear and a turbocharged four-stroke, 147 hp (110 kW) RotorWay RI 600S engine that drives the 25 ft (7.6 m) diameter two-bladed rotor and conventional 50.25 in (127.6 cm) diameter two-bladed tail rotor. The aircraft has an empty weight of 965 lb (438 kg) and a gross weight of 1,500 lb (680 kg), giving a useful load of 535 lb (243 kg). With full fuel of 17 U.S. gallons (64 L; 14 imp gal) the payload is 433 lb (196 kg).[1][2]

The aircraft is capable of an in ground effect hover at 6,000 ft (1,829 m) and an out of ground effect hover at 4,000 ft (1,219 m)[2]

Operational history[edit]

By February 2013 seven examples had been registered in the United States with the Federal Aviation Administration, one with the Civil Aviation Authority in the United Kingdom and one with Transport Canada.[3][4][5]

Specifications (A600 Talon)[edit]

Rotorway A600 Talon cockpit

Data from Bayerl and RotorWay[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 29 ft 6 in (8.99 m) overall, with main rotor fore and aft
  • Height: 8 ft 7 in (2.62 m)
  • Empty weight: 965 lb (438 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,500 lb (680 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 17 U.S. gallons (64 L; 14 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × RotorWay RI 600S four stroke aircraft engine, 147 hp (110 kW)
  • Main rotor diameter: 25 ft (7.6 m)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 115 mph (185 km/h; 100 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 100 mph (87 kn; 161 km/h)
  • Endurance: 2.0 hours
  • Service ceiling: 10,000 ft (3,048 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 194. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c RotorWay International (n.d.). "A600 Talon Specifications". Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (12 February 2013). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Transport Canada (12 February 2013). "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom) (12 February 2013). "GINFO Search Results Summary". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 

External links[edit]

External images
A600 video, 33-38min on History Channel