Helicopter Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine. Specifications. A photo.
Helicopter Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine. Specifications. A photo.


Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine is an American light helicopter designed by Midwest Engineering & Design in the late 80s.


Photo Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine


Development of light private helicopter Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine became conducted by American engineers in the middle of 80-ies of the last century. In order to minimize the costs for the design and creation demanded by helicopter. Experts came to the conclusion to use a ready-made base, taking as a base model and Hughes 300 Robinson R22, and in fact, by combining the general appearance of these aircraft, we got a completely acceptable air vehicle.

The first test tests of the Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine helicopter were carried out in 1989, and thanks to the fact that they were all successfully completed, the light aircraft project was sent to mass production. Nevertheless, it is important to note the fact that the production of helicopters was carried out to a greater extent exclusively as kits for self-assembly or as manuals that allow almost anyone who wants to independently build an aircraft of this model. However, in the early stages of production, 15 aircraft of this model were built by aircraft manufacturers, while as of 1998 more than 400 do-it-yourself kits were sold to aircraft manufacturers from Midwest Engineering & Design, indicating that that the Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine helicopters are very popular.


Cabin Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine


Operational aircraft capabilities Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine model is very limited, in particular due to the peculiarities of its design and accessories for aircraft rotorcraft lightweight class, on board the aircraft Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine can accommodate only two people at a time as for the transport of any goods the current model can not be applied.

Helicopter Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine aircraft engine equipped with a turbocharged brand Sunstrand, able to develop power in 190 hp, which in turn allows the helicopter to accelerate to maximum speed in 210 km \ h., And to carry out flights over distances of up to 385 kilometers that private aircraft is quite acceptable. However, since the helicopters Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine produced as a kit for self-assembly are allowed and other turbine engines specified power.

Due to a number of improvements produced, model helicopters Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine can also be used as an agricultural aircraft, which also led to a considerable popularization of aircraft data.


Specifications Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Capacity: 1 people;
  • helicopter length: 9,45 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 2,34 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 7,62 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 272 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 645 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 155 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 210 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 385 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4570 m .;
  • Powerplant: Sunstrand (depending on version);
  • Power: 190 hp


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