1980 - present

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1970s Highlights

1982 : Bell 206 : First solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean
1986, Aug 11 : Westland Lynx: Reach 400 Km/h
1987: Bell Boeing Pointer: World's first tiltrotor RPV.
Boeing Vertol 360: World's largest all-composite helicopter
1992, December 16 : Mc.Donnell Douglas MD500D: Longest over-ocean flight
1994, July 22 : Bell 206B JetRanger III: Speed flight record around the world. American Ron Bower flew the course taking 24 days to attain an average speed of 65.97 km/h

Masquito ( Belgium )
An Ultra light helicopter

CHAIC Z-11 ( China )

The Z-11 programme was officially approved in 1989 and the development began in 1992. The first flight of the Z-11 took place in Dec 1994. It was always said that the Z-11 was a reverse-engineered copy of the Eurocopter AS-350B Squirrel .
Change Z-11

UNIS NA-40 Bongo ( Czech Republic )


MBB Bo 108 ( Germany )
Entered production as the Eurocopter EC135


MBB/Kawasaki Bk 117 ( Germany / Japan )


Westland WG-34 >>> EH Industries EH-101 Merlin ( UK / Italy )

HAL ALH ( India )

Aerokopter AK1-3 ( Ukraine )

DragonFly 333 ( Italy )
      Two-seat, ultra light helicopter

Kawasaki OH-1 Ninja ( Japan )

Fuji AMH ( Japan )

Mitsubishi RP-1 / MH-2000 ( Japan )

PZL W-3 Huzar ( Poland )

PZL SW-4 ( Poland )


VNH-90 ( Yugoslavia )

VNH 90

Denel Rooivalk AH-2 [Atlas CSH-2] ( South Africa ) Atlas first helicopter was the Alpha XH-1, a model originally derivate of the Alouette III used by the South African Air Force for several years. The SAAF ordered 12 Rooivalk AH-2As , the first of which entered service in July 1999 in SAAF No 16 Squadron.

Scandicraft Systems APID Mk3 ( Sweden )

Kazan Mi-17 ( USSR )       Export variants of Mil Mi-17


Schweizer Model 300C ( USA ) Piston-Powered development of the Hughes 300. On July 13, 1983, Schweizer acquired rights of Hughes 300, first flight of 300C is by June 1984.

Schweizer Model 330 Turbine-Powered

Robinson R-44 ( USA )
Air Command International Commander 147A ( USA )

Schramm's HeliCycle ( USA )


Revolution Helicopter Corp. Mini 500 147A ( USA )
Single seat home built helicopter, scale replica of MDH MD500
Kit assembly in 40 to 60 hours.

Mini 500

Rotorway Exec 90 / 162 ( USA )
Hillberg Helicopters Rotermouse ( USA )
The BodyCopter ( USA )
Enstrom F-28 ( USA )

Northrop Grumman RQ-8A Fire Scout ( USA )
Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) In February 2000 the U.S. Navy awarded a $93.7 million contract for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the VTUAV program. The contract included options for three low rate initial production (LRIP) systems. The plan was to procure three LRIP systems: one system for Marine Corps testing ahsore; one system for Navy shipboard testing; and one system for training. The LRIP 1 system, a Marine corps configured system, will be used to conduct the USMC operational evaluation (OPEVAL).


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