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Helicopters Published date: December 12, 2010
  • Country: United Kingdom

GROUP 300C 9500
Aircraft Overview
Hughes 300C Helicopter based at Gloucestershire Airport. Several in fact most of the owners have done their PPL(H) training on the helicopter.
The H269C / 300C can take much taller and heavier pilots than an R22 (R22 = 17st. seat limit), which translates to more power to get off the ground with a passenger and full fuel for up to 3 hours plus enough guts to get out of any issues if you and your passenger don't weigh 300lbs!! Alternatively you can re-rig the helicopter for 2x (small-ish) passengers instead of the dual training configuration (LH PIC).
The H300C was specifically designed by Hughes to meet the US Army training helicopter role in 1955, hence the army designation TH-55 and was such a good design, it was produced as the civilian version 269A/B/C has hardly changed in over 50 years.

The rights to produce the Hughes 300 were transferred to Schweizer - therefore the aircraft goes by any number of names that mostly involve Hughes, Schweizer and 269A/B/C / 300C/CB/CBi. Recently Sikorsky bought Schweizer out - Wikipedia has a good overview.

The ironic thing is that the current value of the aircraft (approximately £80K) is substantially more than the original purchase cost in 1974! The reason is that the components are time-lifed so every so often the key components get replaced and effectively the helicopter gets rebuilt, making it a valuable asset and highly stable investment, unlike an R22 which has a limited life of 12 years / 2200 hours before a major overhaul is required.Always maintained to the highest standrds and has excellent group reputation. Insured for any pilot including for training purposes (with an instructor of course).It has been very well maintained and updated, with fairly recent replacement engine and rotors etc. Full schedule of updates and details of engine hours is available to view.One of the best training helicopters ever built and arguably the easiest to learn in, almost certainly the safest.
The main difference between the R22 and the H300 is the R22 has a low inertia rotor giving the pilot less time to react to an engine failure.One of the coolest things about the H300C is that in summer you can take the doors off and fly al-fresco.

You can be any age to fly the helicopter, you must be over 14 to count hours towards your licence and 17 to fly solo but if you are over 80 we will need to get an insurance dispensation.

Any questions - don't hesitate to ask.

Please Note - this item is a personal sale (no VAT etc.).

Make (Manufacturer): HUGHES
Model: 269C/300C

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