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AirScooter II Ultralight Helicopter

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The AirScooter II recreational helicopter meets US ultralight requirements, so it doesn't require registration and can be flown without a pilot's license. AirScooter Corporation plans to make this unique little vehicle available later in 2006 at a price of around $50,000.

The AirScooter uses a dual coaxial rotor system that eliminates the need for complicated swash plates and greatly simplifies the aircraft's controls (unlike a traditional helicopter, the AirScooter II uses motorcycle-style handlebars). The design also eliminates foot controls and the tail rotor. The company reports a maximum speed of 55 knots (approximately 60 mph, in keeping with ultralight regulations) and a 2-hour range from the 5 gallon tank. Power is provided by a 65 HP AeroTwin 4-stroke engine.

For those who like the concept of a coaxial rotorcraft but don't have $50G to burn, the company also makes the AirScoot R/C coaxial rotor hobby model. The complete radio controlled package with 10 cell battery pack sells for $695.

Air Scooter II Ultralight Recreational Vehicle

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