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Unread post by spinning blades » Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:32 pm

Any comment?
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Re: Enstrom

Unread post by tanglefoot » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:08 pm

spinning blades wrote:Any comment?
You just want another rating :twisted:

You're talking about the 480 at HenleyAir? Looks pretty. What's the going H&F rate? According to the website the estimated running cost is USD262ph compared to the R44II's estimated cost of USD192/h. If we normalise that using RUT's running costs you are looking at (my guess) R4000/h on 110h per year (not taking into account any time limited components). That would include all rebuild costs.

My guess would be a H&F rate of at least R6k incl VAT per hour.
http://www.enstromhelicopter.com/enstro ... 01_ov.html

What is odd(for me) is that the IGE capability exceeds the service ceiling. In fact at lower weights the OGE exceeds the service ceiling. The 4.5hr endurance sounds magnificent. No speed advantage over the R44. 341 litres capacity gives a fuel burn of 75lph with no reserve or 81lph with 20min reserve. Not bad for a paraffin burner.

A quick google search comes up with a +-R10m purchase price.
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Re: Enstrom

Unread post by neilchapman » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:05 am

I just want to say one thing on this matter , we must compare apples with apples the Enstrom 480 is a turbine and the R44 the last time I looked was a 6 cylinder piston you must please compare the running cost of the R66

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