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Revolution Helicopter Mini-500

In 1994 Revolution Helicopters of Excelsior Springs, Missouri announced their kit-built Mini-500. This single-seater could easily be mistaken for a scaled-down Hughes 500D with its egg-shaped fuselage pod, slim tailboom and T-tail. The Mini-500 is powered by a 67hp Rotax 582 engine and over 350 kits have been sold, with examples flying in Holland, South Africa and Brazil as well as substantial numbers in the United States.

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

Revolution Helicopter Mini-500

TYPE: Single-seat home-built helicopter.

PROGRAMME: Scale-replica design of McDonnell Douglas MD-500; first flown in 1992 and available in kit form until production ceased in October 1999. Assembly in 60-70 hours, excluding body work and painting.

VERSIONS:

Mini-500B Bravo: Initial production version.

Mini-500T Talon: Production version from 1999 incorporating latest improvements.

CUSTOMERS: More than 500 kits delivered by October 1999.

COSTS: Kit: US$32,000.

DESIGN FEATURES: Two-blade semi-rigid teetering main rotor, turning at 550 rpm, constructed using aluminium alloy spars and composite skins. Teetering two-blade tail rotor of aluminium alloy and steel construction, turning at 2,671 rpm. Rubber insulators, flex-packs and counterbalances for vibration damping.

STRUCTURE: Welded steel tube structure, with moulded glass fibre cabin enclosure. Twin skid landing gear.

POWER PLANT: One 50kW Rotax 582, with belt drive to transmission. Fuel capacity 55.6 litres. Transmission rating 40kW at take-off and 82kW capacity. Power enhancement package (PEP) with tuned exhaust system and special carburetion settings developed, producing 18% more power during take-off and landing phases.

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Technical data for Mini-500

Engine: 1 x Rotax 582 rated at 49.3kW, main rotor diameter: 5.84m, length: 6.85m, height: 2.51m, take-off weight: 379kg, empty weight: 219kg, max speed: 185km/h, cruising speed: 120km/h

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I have a 1999 mini 500 chopper that is partially assembled and has zero hours. My grandfather puchased it new and assembled it in his living room. He passed a couple years ago and we finally decided to remove it by taking out a outside wall. This chopper is partially assembled about 65% all parts and manuals are in original packaging unless installed this thing is pristine. I want $8500.00 I'm in albany oregon email towguyoregon@hotmail.com

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Bob Rinker, e-mail, 05.02.2021 Chet Fisher

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Hi Monica

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I have aircraft mimi500 for sale $6.000 dollars, anybody that need should contact me very fast.

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I want one of those so if u have one for less than 10.000 just text me.

Ron Sawl, e-mail, 09.12.2010reply

Looking to buy a Mini 500 hull and blade. Will be used as a display only. Any condition considered.

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if it is a death trap it should be cheap .. I want one. if you are looking to unload one email me. thanks

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I am the original owner of a mini 500 . I purchased all of the up grades and ad's, and now my health is causing me to offer it for sale. It is complete and all components are 0 time. Ilive in Olympia, Washington, U S A. Have all documents and manuals. Would love to commisserate with other enthusiats. God Bless. Andy Seitz 360-280- 4707 I'm a licensed heli pilot, R-22.

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I would like to come look at your ship, do you have a day and time? i live in Oly.

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