Thu, Aug 06, 2009
JSC CB Aerocopter Names U.S. Distribution Partner, Will Also
In a joint announcement Wednesday,
ROTOR F/X LLC of Van Nuys, California and the Ukranian helicopter
manufacturer JSC CB Aerocopter said ROTOR F/X has become the
distributor for the Aerocopter AK1-3 light helicopter for the
Americas. The company will market, support and maintain the
helicopter as well as provide primary and transitional flight
Mr. Igor Polituchyi, Director of JSC CB Aerocopter said, "we are
delighted to have our helicopter represented here by ROTOR F/X
along with a full complement of service and support to meet all
future client needs".
The Aerocopter AK1-3 is a high performance two place light
helicopter holding a European type certificate since 2006. It will
initially be available as an experimental helicopter in countries
such as the USA in the kit form, or alternately as a fully
assembled aircraft built to the certification specification for
other markets. Besides personal transportation this helicopter is
extremely well suited for patrol, surveillance, ENG, training,
agricultural and law enforcement markets. The low acquisition price
that is well under $200,000 US and very low direct operating costs
make this the most economic two place helicopter available by quite
"ROTOR F/X will handle all aspects of distribution including sales,
a service depot, parts, MRO and flight training for the helicopter"
said Steve Dupont, Operations Director of the California company.
"This helicopter provides us with the very best choice available in
a light two place helicopter and will complement our current line
of single place Mosquito helicopters". He continued, "It will also
be the very first time that a helicopter with the engineering and
sophistication to hold an ICAO member type certificate will be
available to amateur builders as a kit."
The AK1-3 features an advanced three blade laminated torsion bar
hub and all titanium hardware through out. The state-of-the-art
panel includes a full glass EFIS with a programmable suite of
features such as moving maps, HUMS, TAWS, 3D HITS and Synthetic
terrain vision available and the roomy cabin is appointed with
adjustable leather seats.
Performance figures for the AK1-3 helicopter include a 115 mph
maximum speed, a 100 mph cruise, 1800 fpm climb, a 9800' ceiling
and a very economical 7 to 9 gallon per hour fuel requirement
giving this helicopter a minimum 2 hour or 200 mile range with
standard fuel supply. TBO is 2000 hours and lifetime is 8000 hours
for this airframe.
The factory order book is currently 12 months in advance and new
orders are being accepted.
ROTOR F/X LLC, located at Van Nuys airport in California, will add
the Aerocopter AK1-3 helicopter to its other helicopter services
such as commercial brokerage, flight training, air charter and
taxi, helicopter trailer transport, helicopter ferry service
worldwide as well as shipping and import-export services for all
aircraft. The company also manufactures components for experimental
and ultralight rotorcraft of all types and has taken a leading role
in UAV rotorcraft systems development and testing.
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