The Helodyne is Competitive with Airplanes!
On this Helodyne helicopter vs. airplanes summary, let’s compare the Helodyne to some popular single engine airplanes, both general aviation and LSAs (Light Sport Aircraft).
For General aviation airplanes, let's compare the Helodyne to the SR20, Cirrus's 200 horsepower entry, the Liberty XL2, Liberty's Aerospace's all composite 2 place aircraft, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, historically the world’s most popular single engine airplane with more than 43,000 delivered, the Cessna Skyhawk is the best-selling, most-flown airplane ever.
For Light Sport Aircraft, let's compare the Helodyne to Cessna's new Skycatcher, their entry into the Light Sport market, Icon's A5 amphibious 2 place aircraft, and the Terrafugia Transition, the world's first roadable LSA.
Because of its exceptional performance, the Helodyne is competitive with airplanes, as you can see in the Helodyne vs. airplanes chart below.
Please note, because of the restrictions on LSAs, the Helodyne outperforms all LSAs in all performance specifications except for the Cessna Skycatcher's full fuel load range.
This makes the Helodyne viable competition for a variety of means of travel, including travel by both commercial and private air travel and by personnel vehicle (automobile).
Please Note: Every attempt has been made to make this comparison as accurate as possible, however, as manufacturers do not provide publically specifications for all possbile conditions, values have been estimated where needed. The estimation method is the same for all, so it should be equally accurate for all cases.