VSkyLabs Mini 500 Helicopter, Project Update

VSkyLabs has posted a detailed status update concerning the developers in progress Revolution Mini 500 helicopter for X-Plane 11.  Additionally, accompanying the status update, VSkyLabs offered a single teaser image showcasing early design progress.

The Mini 500 is a single seat homebuilt helicopter produced by Revolution Helicopter Corporation – the company is no longer in operation and ceased business activities in 1999.

Check out the teaser image below.

Next, see the complete status update according to the developer.

The VSKYLABS Revolution Mini-500 Project is having progress!

The single seat VSKYLABS Revolution Mini-500 Project was throttled up right after the release of the VSKYLABS Guimbal Cabri G2 Project, and it is being constructed step by step, to follow the relevant plans, reference materials and general components characteristics of the home-built kit.

Because of various reasons, mostly related to X-Plane’s upcoming v11.30 update, some of the VSKYLABS development priorities has changed a bit, to allow these two things to happen:

A) Existing VSKYLABS projects maintenance and updates in the light of the upcoming XP11.30

B) pushing forward pending projects which are assumed to have minimum issues with the upcoming XP11.30.

So…as it is having significant progress, here are some initial facts worth knowing about this little fella:

*Its designer, Mr. Dennis Fetters, modeled it as a scaled down version of the McDonnel Douglas 500D. This should be fun as there are plans to create an armed law enforcement/military variant of the Mini-500!

*The (real) kit was including the following components: Hour meter, Compass, Slip/Bank indicator, ASI, Altimeter, VSI, Nav and Landing lights, Engine gauges (rotor/engine rpm, temps) ground wheels for handling and the Rotax 582/72 hp engine. All of these will be included in the initial release version of the project, along with an optional GNS430/530 for navigation/radios and a transponder.

*Empty weight is 420 lbs, while Max gross weight is 820 lbs. Fuel capacity is 15 gal, which can be utilized for 3 hours flight (endurance) or ~196 nm. Max cruise speed is 83 kts.

*The throttle is being managed manually throughout the flight, and the pilot should pay attention to rotor and engine’s RPM. The Mini-500 throttle control does not use a governor. This should be a very interesting aspect of the project!

Soon, a dedicated project page will be created at the VSKYLABS website (https://www.vskylabs.com). It will include everything-needed-to-know along with detailed information and updated screenshots.

To review the original project update, see the source post via the developers official Facebook page.  If you’d like to learn more about VSkyLabs, visit the developers website.

The Mini 500 represents the developers second helicopter project following the Guimbal Cabri G2, see our post dated September 12, 2018 for more information.

*Image courtesy of VSkyLabs Aerospace Simulations.

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