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Also Known As: Enstrom 480B
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: Enstrom 480
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1994
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Enstrom 480 is an affordable, light, single-turbine helicopter introduced by Enstrom Helicopter in the mid 1990s to compete with the Bell 206B and MD500 light helicopters. The Enstrom 480 received FAA type certification in 1994. The current production standard, Enstrom 480B, has been certified in 16 countries and has already been operated in 18 countries. The aircraft is suitable for the following roles: personal transport, flight instruction, law enforcement, power line patrol, executive transport, electronic news gathering, pipeline patrol, aerial photography, sightseeing, and cargo/passenger delivery.
The Enstrom 480 is powered by a single Rolls-Royce 250-C20W turboshaft engine rated at 305-shp (420-shp thermodynamic) which drives a three-bladed main rotor. The aircraft achieves a top speed of 125 knots and a cruise speed of 115 knots with a maximum range of 370 nautical miles cruising at 3,000-ft of altitude. The maximum flight endurance is 4.7 hours at 3,000-ft of altitude. The Enstrom 480B helicopter seating capacity varies from four to five passengers in a high-density configuration including a single pilot.
Enstrom 480 Specifications
Main Rotor Blades: 3
Number of Engines: 1
Tail Rotor Blades: 2
Fuselage Diameter: 5.90 foot (1.80 meter)
Height: 9.70 foot (116 inch)
Length: 30.1 foot (361 inch)
Main Rotor Diameter: 32 foot (384 inch)
Tail Rotor Diameter: 5 foot (60 inch)
Width: 8 foot (96 inch)
Ceiling: 13,000 foot (3,962 meter)
Hovering Ceiling: 5,400 foot (1,646 meter)
Max Range: 370 nautical mile (426 mile)
Max Continuous Power: 277 shp (207 kW)
Max Output Power: 305 shp
Climb Rate: 1,600 fpm (8.16 mps)
Cruise Speed: 115 knot (213 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 125 knot (231 kph)
Flight Endurance: 4.70 hour (282 minute)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 90 galon (342 liter)
Empty Weight: 1,820 pound (826 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 3,000 pound (1.36 ton)
Useful Load: 1,180 pound (535 kilogram)
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