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Post by mgc2006 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:19 pm

hey,
Just fishing for info, what would be the best heli for carrying say 4 people and pilot with baggage?
Any opinions???

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Post by michael747 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:44 am

A Bell 222 :D If money is no object......
Don't think the ever so popular R44 would be up for 4 pax and bags...
One thing for sure, It aint gonna be cheap :shock:
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Post by tiny » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:24 am

Depending on when you need it - How about a R66????

I know ill be looking for one!!!!

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Post by mgc2006 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:34 pm

Thanks Michael and tiny.
The 222 is some machine, i was a big fan of airwolf! Is it not a bit of overkill? What single engine options if any would suit?
R66 definitely but when will that be launched?

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Post by michael747 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:23 pm

R66 isn't gonna be launched till 2011 or so....
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Post by Bladecrack » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:34 pm

mcg2006

The best single engine lifters (for pax, not external load) are (in no specific order):

1. AS350B3+
2. B407
3. EC130B4
4. A119 Koala

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Post by mgc2006 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:17 pm

Thanks bladecrack
researched those and they all look great, do you know anything about which is the easiest to maintain, operate and get ratings on?

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Post by romeofox » Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:58 am

Hey mgc2006. I tried sending you a pm on your query. Could you please let me know if it got through as i seem to have had a few problems with it.

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Post by Bladecrack » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:16 pm

mcg2006,

There are a few B407's in Ireland already, they seem very popular, and the UK dealer (Alan Mann Helicopters) can do maintenance and training.

There are several AS350B3's in the UK, and 3 or 4 large UK based companies that have approvals for conversions, however getting a B3 available for training may be difficult, as I looked into doing a rating last year and couldn't source one in the time I had available. Maintenance shouldn't be a problem, I think Irish Helicopters or LHC could look after it.

There are at least 2 A119 Koala's in Ireland as far as I know, and 2 EC130's, both types are supposed to have great performance but would proably be a bit more expensive to buy and operate.

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Post by mgc2006 » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:30 pm

Thanks BC
Do you know about insurance requirements for any of the helis above?

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Post by Bladecrack » Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:06 am

mgc2006

Insurance can vary quite a bit depending on the company, our insurance company for example, ask for 2000 hrs minimum, although that is for an IFR twin. It shouldn't be too expensive for a single tubine assuming you have at least 500 hrs. Otherwise they will just load the premiums until you have whatever hours they require.

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