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Rotorway Exec 162F helicopter

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Picture Exec162F
General
Manufacturer Rotorway
Type Exec 162F
Introduced 1/1/1994
In production? No
Units produced 0
Price US $ 67,750.00
Dimensions
Overall Length 29.5 ft
Length 22 ft
Height 8 ft
Width 3.67 ft
   
   
Description The Rotorway Exec line is a successful kit helicopter concept that took off in the early 1990s. The first model was the Exec 90, which introduced two important new concepts to the kit helicopter market. First, the Exec had a slim and good looking fuselage design, which is still associated with Rotorway helicopters today. The second innovation involved conducting the hard assembly and welding work at the factory, reducing the build time substantially. This is now common practice in the kit helicopter industry. The Exec 90 uses the RI 162 engine, which is designed and produced by Rotorway.

In the late 1980s, Rotorway introduced the Elete. Unfortunately, this model was a commercial disaster and, with its high development costs, put Rotorway in trouble. The company’s assets were sold to its former customer, John Netherwood. He created a new company under the name Rotorway International. He also put an end to the Elete initiative, and continued to work on an improved version of the Exec 90 line, the Exec 162F, which was introduced in 1994.

The Exec 162F is basically a much improved Exec 90, with fuel injection and FADEC control added to the RI 162 engine (named the RI 162F engine). The Exec 162F has attracted a large international base of home builders and is commercially successful.

This aircraft is often compared with the smallest certified helicopters available in the market, like the Robinson R22. There is a lot of debate over the safety records of the Exec versus the R22, with no clear conclusion reached other than the fact that experimental aircrafts are in another category to that of certified versions in many respects (responsibilities and testing programs to name just a few of them). Accordingly, they can't be compared as if there were no differences between them.
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Design features
  • FADEC controlled piston engine
  • Fuel injection
  • Elastomeric rotor hub
  • Belt driven tailrotor
  • Sleek design
  • Steel frame
  • Aluminum tail
Description
The Rotorway Exec line is a successful kit helicopter concept that took off in the early 1990s. The first model was the Exec 90, which introduced two important new concepts to the kit helicopter market. First, the Exec had a slim and good looking fuselage design, which is still associated with Rotorway helicopters today. The second innovation involved conducting the hard assembly and welding work at the factory, reducing the build time substantially. This is now common practice in the kit helicopter industry. The Exec 90 uses the RI 162 engine, which is designed and produced by Rotorway.

In the late 1980s, Rotorway introduced the Elete. Unfortunately, this model was a commercial disaster and, with its high development costs, put Rotorway in trouble. The company’s assets were sold to its former customer, John Netherwood. He created a new company under the name Rotorway International. He also put an end to the Elete initiative, and continued to work on an improved version of the Exec 90 line, the Exec 162F, which was introduced in 1994.

The Exec 162F is basically a much improved Exec 90, with fuel injection and FADEC control added to the RI 162 engine (named the RI 162F engine). The Exec 162F has attracted a large international base of home builders and is commercially successful.

This aircraft is often compared with the smallest certified helicopters available in the market, like the Robinson R22. There is a lot of debate over the safety records of the Exec versus the R22, with no clear conclusion reached other than the fact that experimental aircrafts are in another category to that of certified versions in many respects (responsibilities and testing programs to name just a few of them). Accordingly, they can't be compared as if there were no differences between them.
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Design features:
  • FADEC controlled piston engine
  • Fuel injection
  • Elastomeric rotor hub
  • Belt driven tailrotor
  • Sleek design
  • Steel frame
  • Aluminum tail
Performance
Persons 2
Max. Range 180 mi
Cruise Speed 95 mph
Max. Speed 115 mph
Max. rate of Climb 1000 ft/min
HOGE ceiling 5000 ft
Service Ceiling 10000 ft
Gross Weight 1500 lb
Empty Weigt 975 lb
Useful Load 525 lb
Dynamic system
Fuel Capacity 17 gallons
Number of Engines 1
Engine Type Piston, 4 cylinder fuel injected
Engine Code RI 162F
Horse Power 150
Rotorhead elastomeric bearings, teetering head
Number of rotorblades 2
Rotor Diameter 25 ft
Number of tail rotorblades 2
Tailrotor Diameter 4.19 ft
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