I believe that there are very few calendar-life parts... lamaflex bearings rings a bell? This is a double-edged sword - you may get a great ownership run without having to replace anything major, or the previous owner may have got that jammy run
My experience on Enstroms is limited to one flight accompanying a PPL owner - it struck me as quite agricultural (not necessarily a bad thing) but I must admit that one was a true hangar queen.
I like the quirky look...I like the 3 seats...I like a lot about them..
But I decided the Rotorway was a better option for me....2 blades for easier storage, you can get a brand new machine for similar money, insurance is cheaper, maintenance is cheaper, fuel costs are cheaper yatta yatta.
And if all you want to do is buzz around and hour build....perfect !
Dennis Kenyon will tell you all you need to know about Enstroms though...he was the UK agent for many years..... DennisRKenyon at aol.com
[Edited by GS, to remove Dennis email address as a mailto link, he gets lots of spam as it is]
Maintenance on our 280C is about £2 to 3K a year. Insurance another £3K then add the fuel and oil per hours flown. Used to cost overall about £15 to 20K based on 100 hrs a year. If you train on an R22, you will soon get used to it. When you finish your course and get your licence you will probably want to stay with what you know. I trained on a 22 then when qualified moved up to a 300 before buying an Enstrom. Didn't like the Enstrom at first because it was different. But Tim Price soon showed me how good the Enstrom is.
With the Enstrom you get a proper cyclic, a cargo bay, three seats, fuel injection (no carb heat), a turbo charger and three wacking great heavy blades to make autorotation a non event. Love it. _________________ UK PPL(H) R22 S269 EN28 MD369
I only, finally, did the LST last week, so I've got 7.5 hours dual and a mere 30 mins P1 after positioning KEVL back to my house...see above
As summer appears to finally be kicking in I plan to get plenty of hours under my belt !
Fully comprehensive insurance was £2500 (but some owners just go for 3rd party cover which is under £1000)
She runs on cheaper Mogas as well as Avgas, and the burn is approx 30 litres per hours.....the Mogas option means I can fuel it myself most of the time so don't have to fly to an airport and pay a landing fee just to keep her topped up...
It's fuel injected so no carb heat to worry about...and has 'proper' cyclics !!
Maintenance is 'about' £1500 per annum....
If anyone can make it, I'll be at the North Weald fly-in tomorrow lunchtime with G-KEVL
Regarding Enstroms...as I said, I like them, quirky looking, 3 seats, cargo hold, very good safety record etc.
Word is, down to those 3 heavy blades you can "make a cup of tea" during an auto.....whereas the Rotorway like the R22 with the 2 blades, has low inertia....so if it all goes quiet...that lever needs to go down quick !
Nice pics Kev. That machine was built by a neighbour of mine who used to live about 300 yards away from me. I looked at Rotorways and Enstroms before I bought my R22. I loved the Enstrom but the main negative was the 3 bladed rotor which meant it won't go into a shed if the door is narrow. I did an hour in a 162Exec and liked it, but in the end the low resale value and the maintenance requirements put me off. Having said that, my R22 times out this year so I am having to fork out another huge sum to buy a rebuilt one.
Trouble is, you don't actually buy an R22 - you just rent it from Frank for a few years. Very clever marketing.
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