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General Helio Discussion / Re: New Helio Parts/Planes
« Last post by Doug Johnson on May 20, 2020, 04:48:25 PM »
here's a link to a previous post and what I heard

I've recently heard that the Birchwood location was moved to Willow or maybe it was Wasilla?

Anyone know more?
General Helio Discussion / Re: c/n 1228, N9185Z
« Last post by Doug Johnson on May 20, 2020, 01:21:45 PM »
Allen sent me a couple of current pictures of c/n 1228, N9185Z placed on tundra tires and larger tail wheel, interesting that just looking at the a/c the tail wheel looks like the normal size with proper angle of attack.

Opened the photos above at bottom of picture queue.

Below is what Allen had to say about the tail wheel.

Russel did a lot of work with Tom at "The Landing Gear Works" to make up a larger tail wheel fork and wheel based on the option available on the 700/800 series. He did a paperwork piggyback on what he was doing on the STC he had for 180/185s. He did Russels fork and wheel and made a second one at the time. I bought it, submitted a pile of paperwork and believe it or not got a field approval from the Atlanta office over a year later. Lots more flotation vs the original.

I still think a Log book entry saying Installation of Factory optional Tail Wheel using parts produced under owners supervision would have been enough but I guess the 337 covers all bases.

I have heard that the larger tail wheel puts more stress on the shimmy dampener and if so, then a recent post about shimmy dampeners may be of interest click on

Compare original and new size in photo.
General Helio Discussion / Re: Hypothetical Propeller Question
« Last post by Louis on May 20, 2020, 06:40:59 AM »
Why not, if it is hypothetically.  There is no STC, with means it won't be legal.   So uninsured.   Then the hub must be changed to the three blade one.  Once done, we could put the three blade on this new hub.  Total cost being hypothetically around half the value of the plane.  Or we could put some MT propeller since we don't need any STC.  Maybe change just the blades on the Hartzell hub, since they had done it before for aerobatics plane.  Or change the engine slotted shaft to a standard flange ( Lycomming did  produce that part for geared engine ) to be able to put a regular MT, so the weight of the three blade would be similar to the two blade set up.  Then we would adjust our flying technique because a three blade Helio does sink a lot more. So sometimes we do need all the power of the bigger engine to prevent from going behind the power curve on slow approach, wich was not so long ago the main reason the Helio were lost at landings.  And be careful about the delay the engine would take to obtain it's RPM since the 260 HP might be a little short to spin the three blades at an angle to produce torque.

So in reality, it's not desirable or feasible.  But hypothetically, it is quite easy to imagine.

General Helio Discussion / Hypothetical Propeller Question
« Last post by dtreid on May 19, 2020, 10:18:32 PM »
Hypothetically, could I put a 3 blade H295 prop on my H391b?

Why or why not.
General Helio Discussion / Re: Original Helio Ol' No. 1
« Last post by Kevin Dunn on May 11, 2020, 02:41:18 PM »
Congrats Charlie!

General Helio Discussion / Re: c/n 1291, N42GT
« Last post by Doug Johnson on May 06, 2020, 06:34:51 PM »
Static, OK we need a photo from the rear then please.
General Helio Discussion / Re: c/n 001, N242B
« Last post by Doug Johnson on May 06, 2020, 06:06:41 PM »
I edited the history paragraph at top of page and resized and tried to opened the newest photo at the bottom of the picture queue but for some reason it rotates the picture when I atempt to open it.

surely someone has another photo with the registry mark painted on, when I come up with
a different photo I will put it at the bottom of the photos
General Helio Discussion / Re: Original Helio Ol' No. 1
« Last post by jmetzler on May 05, 2020, 09:55:42 PM »
Hey, that's great news, Charlie!! Jim
General Helio Discussion / Re: c/n 1291, N42GT
« Last post by StaticThrust on May 05, 2020, 08:06:12 PM »
Of course Doug. N42GT is still in the unpainted state for the time being. One thing you cant see from that photo is it has a green and white starburst pattern on top of the wing.

General Helio Discussion / Original Helio Ol' No. 1
« Last post by CRoss on May 05, 2020, 06:31:41 PM »
Thanks to some nice people who helped with the process as well as allowing us to have it the registration back, we were able to return the registration N242B to its rightful place on Helio Serial Number 001 ! 
Charlie & Beverly Ross
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