VA250 2020-08-03T08:50:15+00:00

The RotorSchmiede VA115 ultralight is only the kick-off to the development and production of RotorSchmiede helicopters. Already under development, the two-seat, enclosed RotorSchmiede VA250 ultralight will revolutionize the helicopter market with its flight characteristics, unrivaled payload of 250 kg, space to allow both passengers to load carry-on luggage, and its target price of 150,000 EUR net. The RotorSchmiede VA250 ultralight is due for first flight in 2020.

  • full-fledged two-seat helicopter
  • type certification process according to German LTF-ULH-02/19
  • new generation patented high performance coaxial rotor system
  • thermally unlimited hovering time
  • outstanding low empty mass
  • payload of 250 kg
  • unparalleled low operating cost

Technical Specifications (estimated)
RotorSchmiede VA250 ultralight

WEIGHT & DIMENSIONS

empty weight (depending on configuration) 250 kg / 551 lbs
maximum take-off weight 500 kg / 1102 lbs
useful load 250 kg / 551 lbs
length 7.7 m / 25.2 ft
width 2.0 m / 6.5 ft
height 3.1 m / 10.2 ft
fuel tank capacity 60 l / 15.8 gallons
resulting max. fuel mass 45 kg / 99 lbs

FUNCTIONALITY

temperature range -30 … +45 °C / -22 … 113 °F
functionality in light rain yes
functionality in severe rain yes
functionality in snow yes
functionality in maritime conditions yes
functionality in tropic conditions yes

ROTOR SYSTEM

diameter of rotors 7 m / 22.9 ft
number of blades 4
blade foil NACA 23012
rotor tip speed 156 m/s / 349 mph

PERFORMANCE

maximum airspeed 160 km/h / 99 mph
cruise speed (endurance) 70…80 km/h / 44…50 mph
cruise speed (range) 110…120 km/h / 68…75 mph
fuel consumption ~25 l/h / 6.6 gallons/h
hovering ceiling 1800 m / 1.12 miles
service ceiling 5500 m / 3.42 miles
operational ceiling 5300 m / 3.29 miles
rate of climb (H = 2 km) 5.9 m/s / 19.4 ft/s
max. range of full fuel tank 330 km / 205 miles
max. endurance of full fuel tank 2:20 h

First Prototype

Enjoy our first prototype pictures. We removed the right passenger and luggage compartment doors in order to show the available space inside.

  • engine and cooling system ground tests succesful
  • structural testing being carried out now
  • first flight scheduled before end of 2020

“Für rund 150.000 EUR Netto soll der Hubschrauber ab 2020 ausgeliefert werden. Angesichts des Tempos, das die Münchner beim Einsitzer vorgelegt haben, ist das durchaus ernst zu nehmen.”

[“For a net price of about 150.000 EUR, delivery of the helicopter shall start in 2020. Considering the pace of the Munich Team in developing the single seat helicopter, this statement should be taken very seriously.”]

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