Mosquito Aviation XE

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XE
MosquitoAviationXEL.jpg
XEL variant with floats
Role Kit helicopter
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Mosquito Aviation
Innovator Technologies
Designer John Uptigrove
Introduction 2004
Number built 37+
Unit cost
US$34,000 (kit, 2015)
Developed from Mosquito Air

The Mosquito Aviation XE is a single seat homebuilt helicopter.[1]

By 2015 Mosquito Aviation was out of business and the design was being produced by Innovator Technologies of Rockyview, Alberta, Canada.[2]

Design and development[edit]

The XE is a development of the Mosquito Air, with a cockpit fairing and a more sophisticated exhaust system, plus a rotor diameter increased by 40 cm (15.7 in) to support the higher gross weight. The aircraft was designed to comply with the US Experimental - Amateur-built and European microlight aircraft rules. It features a single main rotor and tail rotor, a single-seat enclosed cockpit with a windshield, skid landing gear and a two-cylinder, air-cooled, two stroke 64 hp (48 kW) MZ 202 engine.[2]

The aircraft fuselage is made from composites and metal tubing. Its two-bladed rotor has a diameter of 5.95 m (19.5 ft) and a chord of 17 cm (6.7 in). The aircraft has a typical empty weight of 135 kg (298 lb) and a gross weight of 280 kg (617 lb), giving a useful load of 145 kg (320 lb). With full fuel of 45 litres (9.9 imp gal; 12 US gal) the payload for the pilot and baggage is 112 kg (247 lb).[2]

Variants[edit]

AIR
(2002) Open aluminum frame with tripod landing gear[3]
XE
(2004)
XEL
XE with floats. Meets United States FAA FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules for 254 lb (115 kg) and under for ultralight aircraft.[4]
XE285
85 hp (63 kW) Inntec 800 2 cylinder 2 cycle
XE3 - Discontinued
85 hp (63 kW) CRE MZ 301 3 cylinder 2 cycle
XET
90 hp (67 kW) Solar T62-2A1 turbine

Specifications (XE)[edit]

Data from manufacturer

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 4.9 m (16 ft)
  • Empty weight: 135 kg (298 lb)
  • Gross weight: 277 kg (610 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 12 U.S. gallons (45 L; 10.0 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Compact Radial Engines MZ 202 2 cylinder, 2 stroke, 48 kW (64 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 129 km/h; 70 kn (80 mph)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mosquito Aviation". Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 208. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ "Your own helicopter for under $20,000". Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Flying Magazine: 39. February 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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