Build an Ultralight Helicopter
Planning every detail step-by-step is important
Building an ultralight helicopter would be a fun project to take on, but before you could even do any of that you would have to figure out exactly what you are going to need and how you plan to do it, such as building it from scratch or obtaining plans to build one or just buying the whole kit and assembling it yourself. Buying a set of plans could cost anywhere from around 5 dollars up to 55 dollars or more, also depending on what you really want. It is important to pick something that you are really going to like and stick with it down to the 'T' because once you start buying things you are pretty much locked it.
Start with the basics
Some basic things you will need if you intend to fabricate the majority of the parts yourself: First, you will need a good set of plans, a mig welder, 4130 Chromoly steel tubing, a 55 horse power gas engine, a seat, basic tools, tail rotor, and a main rotor. The overall cost will vary depending on the design you chose and if you need to purchase tools to complete the project. Also, it is obvious that you will all need some basic mechanical and engineering skills because 9 times out of 10 things don't always fit together as planned and some slight modification will be necessary!
The vehicle itself can only be for one person. It also has to be 254 pounds or less, have a 5 gallon or less tank, is not capable of more than 55 knots (63 mph), and has a power-off stall speed which does not exceed 24 knots (28 mph) calibrated airspeed.
It is recommended to follow the FCC and FAA regulations and build it according to their specs just to make sure you have it all covered because in the end, it will have to be inspected to ensure that it is flight worthy and certified for flight.
Below is a list of sites I have gathered that contain pretty much everything else you need to know about building an ultralight helicopter. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it!
List of websites containing everything you will need
- Mosquito XEL
- How to obtain ultralight helicopter plans
- Indian Ultralight helicopters
- Wicks Aircraft supply
- Home built ultralight