Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine

Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine is an American light helicopter designed by Midwest Engineering & Design in the late 80s of the last century.

The development of a light private helicopter Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine began to be conducted by American engineers in the mid-80s of the last century. To minimize the cost of designing and creating a popular helicopter. Experts concluded that they were ready to use the ready-made base, taking the Hughes 300 and Robinson R22 models as the basis, and, combining the general appearance of these aircraft, received a completely acceptable air vehicle.

The first test tests of the Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine helicopter were made in 1989, and since all of them were completed, the design of the light aircraft was sent to serial production. Nevertheless, it is important to note the fact that the release of helicopters was carried out to a greater extent exclusively as kits for self-assembly or as manuals allowing almost anyone who wants to independently build an aircraft of this model. However, at the initial stage of production, aircraft manufacturers built 15 aircraft of this model, while according to 1998 data, aircraft manufacturers from Midwest Engineering & Design sold more than 400 self-assembly kits, which indicates that that Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine helicopters are very popular.

The operational capabilities of the Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine aircraft are very limited, in particular, due to their design and belonging to light-class rotary-wing aircraft, only two people can be accommodated onboard the Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine aircraft, while As for the transportation of any goods, the current model cannot be used.

The Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine helicopter is equipped with a Sunstrand turbine aircraft engine capable of developing the power of 190 hp, which in turn allows the helicopter to accelerate to a maximum speed of 210 km / h, and carry out flights at distances up to 385 kilometers, which A private aircraft is perfectly acceptable. Nevertheless, since Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine helicopters are produced as self-assembly kits, other turbine engines of the indicated power are also allowed.

Thanks to several improvements, Midwest Zodiac Talon-Turbine helicopters can also be used as agricultural aircraft, which also led to a significant popularization of these aircraft.


  • Crew: 1 person;
  • Capacity: 1 person;
  • Length: 9.45 m.;
  • Height: 2,34 m.;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 7.62 m.;
  • The mass of the empty helicopter: 272 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum take-off weight: 645 kg.;
  • Cruising speed: 155 km \ h.;
  • Maximum flight speed: 210 km \ h.;
  • Maximum flight range: 385 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4570 m.;
  • Powerplant: Sunstrand (depending on the version);
  • Power: 190 HP
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