The Rotorschmiede VA115 is a German helicopter, designed and produced by Rotorschmiede GmbH of Munich, introduced at the AERO Friedrichshafen airshow in 2015. The aircraft is supplied complete and ready-to-fly.[1]

Rotorschmiede VA115
Role Helicopter
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Rotorschmiede GmbH
First flight Summer 2015
Status In production (2017)

The aircraft first flew in the summer of 2015.[1]

Design and development

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The VA115 was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles regulations, as well as the German 120 kg class and European Class 6 microlight helicopter rules. As its designation indicates, the aircraft has a standard empty weight of 115 kg (254 lb).[1]

The VA115 features dual, coaxial main rotors with NACA 23012 airfoils, a single-seat open cockpit without a windshield, tricycle landing gear and a two-cylinder, air-cooled, two stroke, fuel-injected 50 hp (37 kW) Hirth F23 engine.[1]

The aircraft fuselage is made from metal tubing, with a small cockpit fairing. Its dual two-bladed rotors each have diameters of 4.5 m (14.8 ft). The aircraft has a typical empty weight of 115 kg (254 lb) and a gross weight of 275 kg (606 lb), giving a useful load of 160 kg (353 lb). With full fuel of 19 litres (4.2 imp gal; 5.0 US gal) the payload for the pilot and baggage is 146 kg (322 lb).[1]

Reviewer Werner Pfaendler, described the VA115 as "beautifully engineered".[1]

Specifications (VA115)

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Data from Tacke and manufacturer[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 3.7 m (12 ft 2 in)
  • Width: 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
  • Airfoil: NACA 23012
  • Empty weight: 114 kg (251 lb)
  • Gross weight: 275 kg (606 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 19 litres (4.2 imp gal; 5.0 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hirth F23 two cylinder, air-cooled, two stroke, fuel-injected aircraft engine, 37 kW (50 hp)
  • Main rotor diameter: 2 × 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
  • Main rotor area: 32 m2 (340 sq ft)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 130 km/h (81 mph, 70 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 110 km/h (68 mph, 59 kn)
  • Endurance: 4 hrs
  • Disk loading: 8.6 kg/m2 (1.8 lb/sq ft)

See also

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References

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 211. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ Rotorschmiede GmbH (2017). "VA115". www.rotorschmiede.de. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
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