The Revolution Helicopter mini 500 turbine is a single-seat, single-engine light helicopter powered by a Jet-A turbine engine. It was designed and produced by Revolution Helicopter Corporation (RHC) of Anderson, Indiana, USA. The mini 500 was introduced in 2004 and is no longer in production.
The mini 500 is a modern take on the classic Hughes 500D. It has a more aerodynamic fuselage and a larger tail rotor. It features a composite airframe and a two-bladed main rotor. The mini 500 is powered by a Jet-A turbine engine that produces 500 shp (375 kW). The turbine engine allows the mini 500 to cruise at speeds of up to 140 mph (225 km/h).
The mini 500 has a maximum range of 500 miles (800 km) and a maximum flight time of 4 hours. It has a 5-inch (127 mm) wide cockpit with a dual-screen digital instrument panel. The mini 500 is equipped with a 3-axis autopilot and an emergency auto-rotation system.
The mini 500 has a maximum takeoff weight of 1,050 lbs (476 kg) and can carry up to 500 lbs (227 kg) of cargo. It has a useful load of 550 lbs (249 kg).
The mini 500 is a relatively affordable turbine-powered helicopter. It is easy to fly and has low operating costs. The mini 500 is a great alternative for pilots looking for an inexpensive turbine-powered helicopter.
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