This part of our website will be used to share information. We’ve made this a public space because rumors, speculation and misinformation are also in the public domain. This is a “leap of faith” on our part. We believe that the Safari is a safe and dependable helicopter when operated with good judgment and piloting skill. We appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Like all experimental aircraft that have been built for many years, the Safari was created long before the availability of computer design and engineering software that is available today. In the early years, all experimental aircraft were more of the “Popular Mechanics” variety, built by creative and daring individuals who had a number of ideas of their own. A home builder would take a Kit or constructions plans and build an aircraft that might or might not match the Kit producer’s product. Regardless, the aircraft was perceived to be representative of the Kit producer’s product.
Early on, the group working on the evolution of the Safari found and modified the parts of the helicopter that were most problematic. For the most part, they found them the hard way – by flying and sometimes crashing. Fortunately, those crashes were not fatal and valuable lessons were learned. Also, those “legacy” aircraft have now been flown for many hours, and issues which develop over long use have become apparent.
Today, advanced computer software has enabled the design and development of new aircraft that are marketed immediately. As more of those aircraft are flown for significant numbers of hours, their issues will become apparent as well.
As the Safari became more popular, in addition to the ongoing improvement program by Canadian Home Rotors Inc., new lessons were learned from Safari owners. Some came from owners inventing things good and bad, some came from not heeding available information, and some came from a lack of information. Some indicated minor quality or design concerns, and some were indications of major issues. In every case, the cause has been identified and the necessary changes made to prevent future occurrences.
In 2009, Bobby and Delane Baker purchased the rights to the Safari from Canadian Home Rotors, Inc. The new company began an extensive program of engineering and upgrading using the “tribal knowledge” existing in the Safari family and the most advanced engineering and quality tools available.
If we had realized how many changes we would make when we started, we would have been more careful to make an actual list. Since we didn’t make that list at the beginning, we are providing what we have and will add new information over time. This information is written in “shorthand”, so we will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
A second area will be devoted to maintenance, flight, and ownership issues specific to the Safari.
The third area contains information that we hope you find useful, or thought provoking, or interesting, or fun. Some is original material, some is swiped from around the internet, and some is copied with permission.
A fourth section contains forms needed to register your helicopter and to apply for your Airworthiness Certificate. Most of the forms can be filled out online, but some of them have to be notarized. Your intended DAR can tell you what he requires before beginning your inspection and issuing your Airworthiness Certificate.