mixmaster Posted June 28, 2010 Report Share Posted June 28, 2010 I'm looking for some information on the summer time high altitude performance of BA Astars (if there is any high alt performance). I have a customer who uses a 500D in central Utah and down in Texas. He has a Ranch in central Utah at about 8100 feet and a hunting lodge (or camp I think) at about 10,200 feet. He takes the 500 up there in the summer (30 C at 8000 and 18-20C at 10,000) with 2 pax and about 200lbs of fuel. He lands in open fields in both places. He fly's there for about six weeks in the summer, then goes back in the fall for hunting when the temps match the snow outside. He is looking to upgrade into something a bit bigger but cant afford a AS 350B2 and doesn't want a Longranger. Can anyone speak from experience about if a BA or SD1 (Soloy) would work at those Altitudes and temps with Pilot and 2 Paxs and about 1.5 of fuel? He asked me if I can find out with out the sales pitch. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Per flight manuals I have seen it looks possible but people down here have been saying that you run out of power (reach Ng) before that altitude. Thanks Mixmaster Edit: Also how is the wiring on older Astars, I have heard they cause a lot of grief and expense chasing gremlins around. THX Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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