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Helicopter Ben Showers SkyTwister. Specifications. A photo.
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Helicopter Ben Showers SkyTwister. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter Ben Showers SkyTwister. Specifications. A photo.

 

Ben Showers SkyTwister – ультралёгкий одноместный вертолёт, разработанный в 1956 году, американским дизайнером и авиастроителем Беном Шоуерзом.

 

Ben Showers SkyTwister photo

 

Design of the aircraft was due to the need to create a compact private aircraft, able to perform flights at speeds of about 100-110 km \ h., And navigate effectively at distances of up to 150 kilometers. The first work on the design of the helicopter model Ben Showers SkyTwister started American designer Ben Shouerzom in 1953 year, with the new project had to be sufficiently widespread that was associated with a very low cost of the aircraft, and with its relatively high flight performance, and with a very high safety of operation of the aircraft.

The first flight tests of the helicopter Ben Showers SkyTwister were produced in 1956 year, however, these were only preliminary tests test the character and the helicopter continued to be refined, entered into mass production later. However, in fact, the helicopter was able to successfully pass all the required tests, and the developer only continued to improve aircraft design for greater aerodynamic, improved management, and improve safety during flights.

Despite the relatively low operational capabilities of helicopter Ben Showers SkyTwister, the aircraft has a very compact design that allows easy storage of the equipment, as well as minimizing the drag at the time of flight.

In fact, the helicopter has an open cockpit, however, its main role is to minimize drag during flight, in addition, the use of such a cab reduces discomfort when flying at speeds of over 100 km \ h. The cabin can accommodate only one person, and, helicopter Ben Showers SkyTwister on a number of structural reasons, can not be used for the transport of goods, which is somewhat difficult to operate an aircraft for private owners, which required the ability to be carried on board a small amount of luggage.

 

A photoBen Showers SkyTwister

 

Manufacture of aircraft Ben Showers SkyTwister model was initially conducted as kits targeting self-assembly of the future owners, but later, the company began to produce only printed documentation, which reduced to a minimum cost of the project, but has increased the timing of its implementation (in relation to the owners).

Helicopter Ben Showers SkyTwister equipped with power ustanvokoy consisting of a piston aircraft engine brand Rotax 582, having a capacity of 65 hp Using a similar powerplant allowed the helicopter to accelerate to maximum speed in 135 km \ h., And to overcome the distance to 150 kilometers.

 

Specifications Ben Showers SkyTwister.

 

  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Capacity: none;
  • helicopter length: 4,8 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 2,03 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 6,55 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 145 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 300 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 105 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 135 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 150 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 1260 m .;
  • Powerplant: Rotax 582;
  • Power: 65 hp

 

 

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