Masquito M80

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M80
Role Ultralight helicopter
National origin Belgium
Manufacturer Masquito Aircraft
First flight May 1996 (M58)
Number built 4
Developed from Maschelin M58 Masquito

The Masquito M80 was a Belgian two-seat ultralight helicopter designed and built by Masquito Aircraft.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The prototype was designated the Maschelin M58 Masquito. It was a conventional pod and boom design and was powered by a 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 engine driving a two-bladed main rotor and a two-bladed tail rotor.[1] It had two side-by-side seats and was fitted with two fixed skids as a landing gear.[1] The M58 first flew in May 1996; it was later modified to the proposed production standard with a Jabiru 2200 engine and re-designated the M80.[1] Three further M80 prototypes were built but the type failed to gain the appropriate certification and no others were produced.

A Belgian company, D-Motor was set up to design and build a suitable motor for the M80. Two engines with a high power-to-weight ratio were produced: first, the D-Motor LF26 (a 92 hp (69 kW) flat four) and, later, the D-Motor LF39 (a 125 hp (93 kW) flat-six). Unlike the Jabiru motor, these Belgian horizontally-opposed engines have fuel-injection, liquid-cooling and, having side-valves, are ultra-compact, .

Variants[edit]

Maschelin M58 Masquito
Prototype with a Rotax 582 engine.[1]
Masquito M80
Production variant with a Jabiru 2200 engine.[1]

Specifications (M80)[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 5.80 m (19 ft 0¼ in)
  • Main rotor diameter: 4.60 m (15 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 2.25 m (7 ft 4½ in)
  • Main rotor area: 16.62 m2 (178.9 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 170 kg (375 lb)
  • Gross weight: 390 kg (859 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Jabiru 2200 flat-four piston, 60 kW (80 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 180 km/h (112 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 148 km/h (92 mph)
  • Range: 680 km (422 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3050 m (10000 ft)

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jackson 1999, pp. 13-14

Bibliography[edit]

  • Paul Jackson, ed. (1999). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1999-2000. Jane's Information Group Limited. ISBN 0-7106-1898-0.