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Old 5th Jul 2011, 11:51   #1 (permalink)
 
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Helisport CH-77 - New ultralight helicopter

The makers of the CH7 Kompress have unveiled a new machine - the CH77 Ranabot. The CH77 is based on the Kompress, with slightly larger dimensions and the notable difference of a side-by-side cabin. It's powered by a modified Rotax 914 delivering 128HP. Like the Kompress, it will be supplied in kit form, and will be eligible for the Italian (and soon the French) microlight category. The prototype (pictured) weighs a bit less than 290kg, and the production models should be about 10kg lighter. First deliveries are expected in the new year, and will cost 95.000 excluding engine and taxes.



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Old 5th Jul 2011, 12:31   #2 (permalink)
 
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Nice

I hope some CH-7 Kompress will come on the market then for lower price so I can afford one.
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Without offering any comment on the CH-77 itself, that seems pretty close to the cost of a brand new R22; isn't the point of a kit-build to dramatically reduce the cost of the machine? Or will people pay a premium for the fun of assembling their own aircraft?
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An R22 here in France costs 197k (including delivery, excluding tax) without any options, so it's still significantly more expensive.

The CH77 running costs are likely to be considerably less. My Kompress uses 20 litres/hr of unleaded mogas, and doesn't have a 12 year life. Also, as the builder I can do most of the maintenance myself. It's based at 8000 ft where it can depart vertically at MTOW, and can comfortably overfly Mt Blanc. I think it may be the highest based helicopter in Europe.

But more importantly we're not comparing like with like. The CH77 will operate as a permit aircraft, with all the associated freedoms and economies, whereas the R22 benefits from the privileges, as well as suffering the constraints of certification.

Personally, I don't want an R22. I fly for fun, and the performance and handling of the Kompress are extraordinary.

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Ah, it appears the cost of an R22 has gone up a bit since I last looked. Fair enough, at those prices, it's a whole lot less. Out of curiosity, how much does the engine add to the price tag?
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