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HTM Skytrac

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Top speed  180 km/h
Wingspan  10 m
Cruise speed  160 km/h
Engine type  Franklin 6 series
Range  540 km
Length  4 m
Weight  850 kg
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The HTM Skytrac (originally known as the Wagner Skytrac) was a light utility helicopter developed in Germany in the 1960s and 70s. A later four-seat version was known as the Skyrider. Despite achieving certification from the German aviation authorities and firm orders from customers, the Skytrac was never produced in series.

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Development

Development commenced in the mid-1960s as an offshoot of the Wagner firm's attempts to develop a roadable helicopter, and utilised the same coaxial dynamic components that had been developed for that project. The Skytrac featured a narrow single-seat cabin at one end of a box-like "keel" structure, a horizontally mounted Franklin flat-6 engine at the other end, and the transmission and rotor mast between them. The pilot's seat was enclosed by a sliding, bubble canopy. The prototype flew in this form in July 1965, and it was exhibited and flown at the 1966 Hannover Air Show.

The Skytrac 1 was followed by a second machine with pontoons and a V-tail at the end of a boom for improved directional control. The third prototype had three seats in a more conventional cabin structure, and was fitted with spray bars and chemical tanks for demonstration of the type's potential as an agricultural machine. Certification of the design was achieved in 1969.

Production plans

In 1971, the newly formed Helikopter Technik München (HTM) took over the manufacture and marketing of the Skytrac, announcing in mid-1972 that a production line was being established at Jesenwang with the intention of producing 35 machines by the end of 1973, all of which had found buyers. After this initial batch, HTM planned to sell licences to produce the design in batches of 30 machines each. None of this was to come to pass, however, as HTM was unable to finance the production of the first batch of aircraft.

The final development was the Skyrider, which enclosed the Skytrac into a full fuselage with seating for four. Mockups of this configuration were displayed at the Hanover and Cannes airshows in 1972. A prototype was exhibited at the June 1973 Paris Air Show and flown in February 1974. It was possible to convert the basic Skytrac into a Skyrider in a matter of only a few hours' work. By the following year, however, HTM was out of business, and no further examples of their helicopter designs were ever constructed.

Since 1992 all the rights for production and design of the Skytrac and Skyrider helicopters are owned by Mr. Peter Chrobak. In 2014, Mr. Chrobak sold all of the designs and rights of production to a Chinese manufacturer Guangdong Elecpro Electric Appliance Holding Co., Ltd. (Elecpro, 伊立浦电器股份有限公司) for a total of 2.52 million Euros, and based on the technology purchased, the Chinese manufacturer not only produced the original manned version, but also developed its own RU series unmanned versions.

Specifications (Skytrac)

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Length: 4.00 m (13 ft 2 in)
  • Main rotor diameter: 10.40 m (34 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.80 m (12 ft 6 in)
  • Main rotor area: 84.9 m2 (914 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 850 kg (1,870 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Franklin 6AS-335-B , 195 kW (260 hp)
  • Performance

  • Maximum speed: 160 km/h (100 mph)
  • Range: 400 km (250 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3,500 m (11,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.0 m/s (400 ft/min)
  • References

    HTM Skytrac Wikipedia


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