VA250 2021-04-30T11:40:47+02:00

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 290 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 2021.

  • 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 290 kg
  • unparalleled low operating cost

Technical Specifications (estimated)
RotorSchmiede VA250 ultralight

PERFORMANCE

The performance properties change depending on the take-off mass, as can be seen below:

take-off mass 450 kg / 992 lbs 500 kg / 1102 lbs 550 kg / 1213 lbs
maximum airspeed 160 km/h / 99 mph 155 km/h / 96 mph 150 km/h / 93 mph
cruise speed (endurance) 80…90 km/h / 50…56 mph 70…80 km/h / 43…50 mph 65…75 km/h / 40…57 mph
cruise speed (range) 100…110 km/h / 62…68 mph 110…120 km/h / 68…75 mph 120…130 km/h / 75…81 mph
hovering ceiling 3400 m / 2.11 miles 1800 m / 1.12 miles 0 m / 0 miles
operational ceiling 6200 m / 3.85 miles 5300 m / 3.29 miles 4000 m / 2.49 miles
rate of climb (H = 2 km) 6.9 m/s / 22.6 ft/s 5.9 m/s / 19.4 ft/s 3.0 m/s / 9.8 ft/s
max. range of full fuel tank 300 km / 186 miles 230 km / 143 miles 185 km / 115 miles
max. endurance of full fuel tank 3:20 h 2:50 h 2:30 h

WEIGHT, DIMENSIONS & GENERAL DATA

maximum take-off mass (MTOW) 550 kg / 1212 lbs
empty weight (depending on configuration) 260 kg / 573 lbs
useful load 290 kg / 639 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 51 l / 13.5 gallons
resulting max. fuel mass 38 kg / 84 lbs
fuel consumption 14…25 l/h / 3.7…6.6 gallons/h
maximum wind speed 29 knots
additional gusts 18 knots

ROTOR SYSTEM

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

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

First Prototype

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

Additionally, see the video below of the first ground run.

“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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