Canadian Home Rotors Safari

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Safari
Safari kit helicopter.jpg
Role Kit helicopter
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Safari Helicopter
Number built 120 (2005)[1]
Developed from Helicom H-1 Commuter Jr

The Canadian Home Rotors Safari is a kit helicopter, produced by CHR International of Marianna, Florida, and formerly produced by Safari Helicopter (formerly known as Canadian Home Rotors) of Ear Falls, Ontario.[1][2][3]

The design is reminiscent of a small-scale Bell 47 helicopter. In fact, the helicopter was originally called the Baby Belle, but Bell Helicopters objected and the name was changed to Safari.[4]

Design[edit]

The Safari is a two-seat light helicopter with a bubble canopy, a two-bladed main rotor and a skid landing gear. The aircraft structure consists predominantly of welded 4130 chromoly steel tubing. The kit provides the main and tail rotors, rotor hubs, transmission, engine, cockpit and tailboom completed. Builder construction is largely assembly.[5]

Engine options over time have included the 160 hp (119 kW) Lycoming O-320-B2B, 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360-C2C, the 160 hp (119 kW) Superior XP320 and the 180 hp (134 kW) XP360 engines.[6]

Specifications (Safari 400)[edit]

Data from CHR[7]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 30 ft 3 in (9.22 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 0 in (2.44 m)
  • Airfoil: NACA0012
  • Empty weight: 950 lb (431 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,600 lb (726 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,600 lb (726 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 28 US gal (106 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360-C2C four cylinder, four-stroke aircraft piston engine, 180 hp (130 kW)
  • Main rotor diameter: 25 ft 4 in (7.72 m) chord 8 in (20 cm)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 100 mph (161 km/h; 87 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 85 mph; 74 kn (137 km/h)
  • Never exceed speed: 100 mph (161 km/h; 87 kn)
  • Range: 270 mi (235 nmi; 435 km)
  • Service ceiling: 10,000 ft (3,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Downey, Julia: 2005 Trikes, 'Chutes & Rotorcraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 22, Number 2, February 2005, page 55. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter – Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 321. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  3. ^ Kitplanes Staff: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 80. Primedia Publications. IPM 0462012
  4. ^ Bush-Planes.com (n.d.). "Safari Helicopter". Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Safari Helicopter (2008). "The Safari Helicopter Kit". Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Safari Helicopter (2008). "Helicopter FAQ". Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Safari Helicopter (n.d.). "Helicopter Specifications". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 

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