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Is this something from another planet? Horizon Helicopters from Whitehorse have received an FX Astar (B2) and claim it will lift 2,700 lbs. on the hook. Would this be some sort of remotely operating model?, or simply a case of inexperienced carpetbagging sales gimmick?

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Horizon Helicopters has this helicopter advertised at a max external load of 5512 -helicopter empty weight. Which brings the aircraft to 2630 then - Pilot - operating fuel giving this aircraft a normal working load of advertised 2000 Lbs.

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Hi,

I just wanted to clarify. Horizon Helicopters is operating a Honeywell powered B2. This aircraft Does not, cannot and is not legal to lift 2700lbs on the hook. When I made my aircraft data sheet. I broke down all the numbers starting from Max Gross weight of 5512 down to the Normal Operating payload. I stated Max Gross weight is 5512 minus the empty weight brining the aircraft to 2700 lbs. There was a 60 lb discrepancy I had not received the Helicopter yet. I should not of mentioned this number at all (this seems to have created confusion). I used this number as the baseline to subtract Pilot and Fuel (as I would operationally to figure out what is legal). I stated that the normal operating payload for this helicopter fuelled is around 2000 lbs. This gives the helicopter near 1 hour of operating fuel with a 200lb pilot. I have already adjusted my data sheet to remove any confusion. Oddly enough I have not had any clients confused they have all understood that they have a maximum of 2000 lbs on the hook depending on conditions, and location. The confusion comes from this Forum. If anyone has any more questions please feel free to call me direct.

Cole Hodinski

Horizon Helicopters

867 633 6044

 

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