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Ultrasport 496

American Sportscopter (ASI) was formed in 1990 to produce an ultralight helicopter to FAR Part 103, which was designated Ultrasport 254. This kit-built machine first flew in July 1993. It is a single-seater with a semi-enclosed composite fuselage structure, skid undercarriage and a tubular tailboom with tailplane and twin fins and a tail rotor enclosed in a large circular shroud. It is powered by a 55hp Hirth 2703 engine mounted behind the cockpit rear bulk-head. The Ultrasport 331 is a larger version of the 254 falling within the American "Experimental" category (FAR Part 21.191g), with increased range and higher gross weight. This first flew in December 1993. It was followed by the Ultrasport 496 two-seater which commenced flight testing in July 1995. It has a wider cabin than the 331 and uses a 95hp Hirth F.30 engine. The Ultrasport helicopter kits are manufactured in Taiwan.

R.Simpson "Airlife's Helicopter and Rotorcraft", 1998

Ultrasport 496

TYPE: Two-seat ultralight helicopter kitbuilt. Details as for 254 and 331, except as follows:

PROGRAMME: Developed from the 331, the Ultrasport 496 (N496AS) first flew in July 1995. Deliveries began in April 1997.


Ultrasport 496; As described.

Ultrasport 496RT: Announced 2002. Uses 84.6kW Rotax 914 turbocharged engine with electric start and quadruple carburettors.

Sportscopter 600; New Zealand assembly; initial four registered in July 1999.

Vigilante: Remotely piloted version developed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Vigilante 496 prototype (N496UV) evaluated as optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) by US Navy during first and second quarters of 1998. CUSTOMERS: By end 2001, 135 had been delivered of which 35 were then flying. COSTS: 496 US$62,900; 496RT US$77,900 (2003). DESIGN FEATURES: Generally as for 254/331. Quick-build kit quoted build time 80 hours; dual controls standard.

STRUCTURE: Infinite-life composites rotor blades and fuselage. Shaft-driven tail rotor. Vertically mounted direct-drive helical spur gears 11:1 two-stage main transmission.

LANDING GEAR: Aluminium skids; track as for 254/331. Floats optional.

POWER PLANT: One 85.8kW Hirth F30 quad-carburettor engine with electric starter; 75.0kW Hirth H3QE version demonstrated at Sun 'a' Fun 2002 and has now supplanted F30. Fuel capacity 61 litres.

EQUIPMENT: Ballistic parachute under consideration.

Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 2004-2005

Technical data for Ultrasport 496

Main rotor diameter: 7.01m, tail rotor diameter: 0.76m, length with rotor blades folded: 6.02m, height: 2.49m, take-off weight: 512kg, empty weight: 256kg, never-exceed speed: 167km/h, max cruising speed: 113km/h, max rate of climb: 305m/min, hovering ceiling, IGE: 3290m, hovering ceiling, OGE: 2135m, range: 240km, endurance: 3h

Jason draughn, 16.05.2016

Please send me info on buying one my address is 350 airport road oneida TN 37841 or tex me at 423-215-1220

Scout, e-mail, 22.01.2016

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Jonte, e-mail, 07.04.2015

Contact me via email if you are interested in getting one, with turbine.

Marc Corriveau, e-mail, 19.10.2014

Hi there I was curious as to what one of these costs ?

Phil, e-mail, 26.09.2014

And me! Can someone email me details of how I can get one?

Al Ali, e-mail, 16.09.2014

can it be factory build?

Michal Galuk, e-mail, 16.07.2013

CHci koupit stavebnici 496 prosm o kontakt dkuj

valek, e-mail, 28.04.2013


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richard, e-mail, 18.11.2012

how much it cost

Yury, e-mail, 09.10.2012

Please inform me about the cost of the Ultrasport 254 ( complete kit), the labour hours to assemble it and if there is some kit avaible .
Thanks in advance

TjLeonard, e-mail, 01.09.2012

I would like more info on the 496. Prices and maintenance prices. Thank u

Maximilian Bleninger, e-mail, 15.06.2012

I would like to purchase 1 ~ 5 kits for Ultrasport 496.
Can I get a offer?
Thank you

Marek Pospisil, e-mail, 21.05.2012

I would like to ask you where we can some spare parts. We have model from 2005 and searching some some specific spare parts. please let me know any information. Thanks, Marek

shoes, e-mail, 20.09.2011

panagos galanopoulos from greece

Chess, e-mail, 14.08.2011

Looking for a 496 kit, please contact me if you have one for sale or know of one for sale.

Thanks very much

Atomwerk, e-mail, 06.08.2011

I would also like more information and pricing on this.

soccer, e-mail, 16.06.2011

I need more information on this, and also what other type do you offers...

panagos, e-mail, 03.05.2011

I would like to send me more information on how to contact you
and with the prices of the products you
panagos galanopoulos from greece

Mark, e-mail, 26.11.2010

Are there any other sites that you can get the specs and pricing of these helicopters?

Art Williams, e-mail, 10.11.2010

Are parts available for the 254? Prices? Location?

G.A.Smith, e-mail, 04.11.2010

I am interested how much does it cost and give more gen on the engine I live in E.A.Kenya at 7000ft but need to clear 9000ft to get home can it serve me

Chris, e-mail, 15.09.2010

Good day Sir/Ma'm:
I'm from the Philippines. How much this helicopter?

Gregory La Fleur, e-mail, 10.07.2010

the 496 lookx awesome!!!!! can i get more info?

jinni, e-mail, 03.11.2009

How much does it cost, how can I get one ?
i live in south Korea.

Dan Murphy, e-mail, 05.08.2009

Could you tell me how much they cost in Australian dollars and how much waiting time from place of order.i live in far north QLD, Australia.

Francisco, e-mail, 24.05.2009

I am from BRAZIL.
Is there a plans available , how much?


James Le, e-mail, 18.12.2008

I need more information on this, and also what other type do you offers...

Please send me e-mails...


Ed G, e-mail, 16.06.2008

How do you find out any information on the 496...No one ever answers their e-mails...

ceri, e-mail, 19.04.2008

They cost around 40,000.00 to 60,000.00 depending on local and options. 20% less than a Rotorway Talon 600 which flys much better, is more stable and comfortable. There is only a kit. The reason is no enough money selling plans and less risk and cost in a kit but good profit. Not sure how the go like as I've never seen one fly though, but at 400lbs less than an Exec it will but less stable as physics dectates.

ALLAN, e-mail, 15.04.2008


FARDIN, e-mail, 23.07.2007

I am from IRAN.
Is there a plans available , how much?
my email is

f van wyk, e-mail, 27.05.2007

how much does it cost,how can i get one

zeyir, e-mail, 24.03.2007

how much does it cost,how can I get one ?

zeyir, e-mail, 24.03.2007

how much does it cost,how can I get one ?

zeyir, e-mail, 24.03.2007

how much does it cost,how can I get one ?

steve, e-mail, 13.03.2007

How much does it cost, how can I get one ?

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