Fri, Feb 20, 2004
Enstrom Helicopter has
scored yet another performance upgrade for its turbine whirlybird.
Enstrom has received FAA certification for a change in the 480B
operations limitations that increases the maximum altitude for
takeoff and landings at 3,000 pounds gross weight from 2,100 feet
density altitude to 10,000 feet density altitude.
“Enstrom worked with the FAA to clean up some loose ends
from when the certification basis changed from CAR 6 to FAR 27 and
eliminate the Takeoff/Landing Gross Weight Limitations from the
Rotorcraft Flight Manual,” said William Taylor, director of
engineering. This is the latest development in Enstrom’s
ongoing product improvement program to enhance its turbine
It applies to all models of the 480 series helicopter.
The 480 was certified in 1993 and the 480B was certified in
2001. Among other improvements, the 480B increased the
turbine’s gross weight from 2,850 to 3,000 pounds.
certified throughout the world and serve a variety of commercial
and private functions. They offer a spacious, versatile cockpit
with outstanding visibility from all five seats. A world class
helicopter, Enstrom claims that their turbine model provides
outstanding safety, maneuverability, speed, comfort and good looks
at the most affordable price of any other helicopter in its
Founded in 1959, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation manufactures a
complete line of helicopters including the three-place,
piston-powered F28F and 280FX, and the turbine-powered 480B. The
480B is available as a three-place advanced trainer or as a three-
to five-place VIP aircraft.
For law enforcement applications, the 480B is known as the
Guardian and the F28F is called the Sentinel.
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