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Revolution Mini-500 helicopter

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Picture Mini500
General
Manufacturer Revolution
Type Mini-500
Introduced 1/1/1992
In production? No
Units produced 500
Price US $ 32,000.00
Dimensions
Overall Length 0 ft
Length 22.6 ft
Height 8.2 ft
Width 5.3 ft
   
   
Description The single-seat Revolution Mini 500 is a kit-build helicopter designed and manufactured by Dennis Fetters. The first Mini 500 prototype flew in 1992. However, there has always been a great deal of controversy about this good looking and easy to build experimental helicopter.

The root of this controversy is the many accidents and fatalities involving the Mini 500. The debate as to whether this is due to poor design or inexperienced builders and pilots is still ongoing on the internet. The fact is, however, that Revolution ceased production of the Mini 500 in 1999. At that time, about 500 kits had been produced, of which 100 were actually built and flown.

The main characteristics, besides a 'Hughes MD500' look, were the use of a fiberglass fuselage, a conventional tail rotor, a teetering main rotor system and a belt drive system for the main rotor.

Worth mentioning is the price tag of 32,000 dollars (mid-1990s). Maybe it is just not possible to buy a good enough aviation grade quality machine for that kind of money?
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Design features
  • Tubular steel fuselage
  • Foam and glass-fibre cabin
  • Composite tail and main rotor blades
  • Belt driven main transmission
Description
The single-seat Revolution Mini 500 is a kit-build helicopter designed and manufactured by Dennis Fetters. The first Mini 500 prototype flew in 1992. However, there has always been a great deal of controversy about this good looking and easy to build experimental helicopter.

The root of this controversy is the many accidents and fatalities involving the Mini 500. The debate as to whether this is due to poor design or inexperienced builders and pilots is still ongoing on the internet. The fact is, however, that Revolution ceased production of the Mini 500 in 1999. At that time, about 500 kits had been produced, of which 100 were actually built and flown.

The main characteristics, besides a 'Hughes MD500' look, were the use of a fiberglass fuselage, a conventional tail rotor, a teetering main rotor system and a belt drive system for the main rotor.

Worth mentioning is the price tag of 32,000 dollars (mid-1990s). Maybe it is just not possible to buy a good enough aviation grade quality machine for that kind of money?
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Design features:
  • Tubular steel fuselage
  • Foam and glass-fibre cabin
  • Composite tail and main rotor blades
  • Belt driven main transmission
Performance
Persons 1
Max. Range 225 mi
Cruise Speed 115 mph
Max. Speed 122 mph
Max. rate of Climb 1100 ft/min
HOGE ceiling 0 ft
Service Ceiling 10000 ft
Gross Weight 820 lb
Empty Weigt 330 lb
Useful Load 490 lb
Dynamic system
Fuel Capacity 15 gallons
Number of Engines 1
Engine Type Piston
Engine Code Rotax 582
Horse Power 67
Rotorhead Semi rigid
Number of rotorblades 2
Rotor Diameter 19 ft
Number of tail rotorblades 2
Tailrotor Diameter 0 ft
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2 Comments

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1  Adam

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 7:53 AM

Greetings

Hope your day is going well.

Kindly , I want to purchase helicopter Main Rotor and Tail rotor , Can i know how much does it cost please ?

Regards
Adam
2  Charles E Berry

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 5:07 PM

I have spare parts..a lot  main rotor blades , main trans and new upgraded stab block,rear trans ,clutch ,sprockets ,tail boom, shaft and  rotor hub assembly ask for why you need have a lot more by part at all  call Chuck  727-947-2972 or message me

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