Canadian Home Rotors Safari is a lightweight Canadian multi-purpose helicopter developed in 1992 by Safari Helicopter.
A small aircraft model Canadian Home Rotors Safari began to be developed by Canadian aircraft manufacturers in the second half of the 80s of the last century. The engineers and designers were faced with the task of creating a project for a small multi-purpose aircraft that could be widely used in a private operation, however, the low price was an important condition for the development of the project, since this factor was most popular in demand in small helicopters.
The first developments made by Canadian aircraft developers on this project yielded practically no results, which is why there was a proposal to borrow a design from a Bell 47 model helicopter, which was very popular and had a simple design. After a series of improvements, already in 1992 an aircraft of this model was able to make its first flight, which turned out to be very successful, after which the aircraft was sent to production.
In production, the Canadian Home Rotors Safari model helicopter was exclusive as kits for independent subsequent assembly by the future owner, which allowed minimizing the cost of aircraft production, which was a success – according to official figures, from 1992 to 2005, 120 were created and implemented helicopters of the current model (including modifications and one prototype).
The cabin of the Canadian Home Rotors Safari helicopter is quite limited in size and only two people can fit onboard – the pilot and passenger. In most cases, this aircraft is used as a private aircraft, however, in addition to this, it has also found application in the commercial sector, where it is used to organize services for the transportation of passengers over short distances (air taxi), as sightseeing aircraft, etc. d.
Initially, the helicopter was supposed to be used also in the military sphere as a patrol air means, however, later, a similar decision was made to be abandoned due to several restrictions caused by the design and technical part of the aircraft.
The power plant of the Canadian Home Rotors Safari helicopter consists of one Lycoming O-360-C2C piston aircraft engine (depending on the modification and configuration of the aircraft), which is capable of developing a thrust of 180 hp Thanks to the used power plant, the helicopter can accelerate to a speed of 160 km \ h and make flights at distances up to 435 kilometers.
The production of Canadian Home Rotors Safari model helicopters was carried out by Canadian aircraft manufacturers in the following variants:
- Safari 400 – the basic version of the aircraft;
- Safari 500 – an upgraded version of the helicopter.
- Crew: 1 person;
- Capacity: 1 person;
- Length: 9.22 m.;
- Height: 2,44 m.;
- The diameter of the rotor: 7.72 m.;
- The mass of the empty helicopter: 431 kg. (Depending on version);
- Maximum takeoff weight: 726 kg. (Depending on version);
- Cruising speed: 140 km \ h. (Depending on configuration);
- Maximum flight speed: 160 km \ h. (Depending on configuration);
- Maximum flight range: 435 km .;
- Maximum flight height: 3050 m.;
- Powerplant: Lycoming O-360-C2C (depending on configuration);
- Power: 180 HP (Depending on configuration).