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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

Comments1-20 21-40, e-mail, 21.12.2022reply

Hi, I have an Ultra Sport 496, flying, full assembled helicopter. it is in Guatemala City, Central America. I'm selling it cause I'm 74 years old and my family doesn´t want me flying anymore. I´m open to offers.

Michael Bankovich, e-mail, 07.02.2018reply

496 how long on delivery date, also financing

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Jason draughn, 16.05.2016reply

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

, e-mail, 12.01.2013reply

Al Ali, e-mail, 16.09.2014reply

can it be factory build?

Phil, e-mail, 26.09.2014reply

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

Marc Corriveau, e-mail, 19.10.2014reply

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

Chris, e-mail, 15.09.2010reply

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

G.A.Smith, e-mail, 04.11.2010reply

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

Art Williams, e-mail, 10.11.2010reply

Are parts available for the 254? Prices? Location?

Mark, e-mail, 26.11.2010reply

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

panagos, e-mail, 03.05.2011reply

I would like to send me more information on how to contact you
and with the prices of the products you
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Atomwerk, e-mail, 06.08.2011reply

I would also like more information and pricing on this.

Chess, e-mail, 14.08.2011reply

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

Thanks very much

Mel, e-mail, 21.12.2022 Chess

Hi, I have a Ultra Sport 496 Helicopter based in Guatemala City, I´m selling it cause my family doesn´t want me to fly any more. I´m open to hear offers for it. Send E mail if interested.


Marek Pospisil, e-mail, 21.05.2012reply

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

Maximilian Bleninger, e-mail, 15.06.2012reply

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

TjLeonard, e-mail, 01.09.2012reply

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

Gregory La Fleur, e-mail, 10.07.2010reply

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

Michal Galuk, e-mail, 16.07.2013reply

CHci koupit stavebnici 496 prosm o kontakt dkuj

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