Safari 400 custom Stainless Steel Exhaust is a great upgrade to the stock exhaust that came with your Safari. Reduces CHT and decreases manifold pressure by reducing exhaust restrictions and improving airflow.
With stiff competition from experienced professional pilots in million dollar commercial helicopters, SAFARI owner and pilot Alan Coubray and his navigator Glen Maulcay walked (or flew) away as Champions at the annual New Zealand Helicopter Championship. No competitor had ever scored a perfect finish until Alan aced a complex, timed exercise of navigation skills and precision flying. Alan scored well in the remaining segments as well, which included dropping objects into a target at speed from a specific height, and a "water bucket" event requiring precise control of the helicopter.
An interesting challenge was provided by an exercise completed with a 2' chain attached to one skid, and a 3' chain attached to the other Keeping only the longer chain touching the ground while maneuvering through 360° turns and backward, forward, and diagonal movements proved a true test of piloting skill. While SAFARI dealer Bruce Belfield of South Pacific Home Rotors competed in the event also, Alan and his SAFARI stole the show! More information about this event is available here:
WOW! What a great show! Our thanks to all of you who came out to support aviation in general and rotorcraft in particular. Choppertown was a busy place, with 7 SAFARI owners showing off their helos and winning the 3 prizes awarded for rotorcraft.
Jimmy Benson's SAFARI, with a custom tangerine and black paint job and interior won top honors. Photos of this Grand Champion can be seen here. Mike Smolek's white, black and red "pride and joy" took a well deserved award for Best Helicopter. Have a look at the ingenious use of space in this winning helicopter here. Al Rulton, who took the Gold Lindy Grand Champion award at Oshkosh in 2008, carried another honor for Outstanding Helicopter back to Canada for his black and candy apple red "dream machine". Photos of Al's helo can be seen here.
If you weren't able to join us at SunNFun, please make your plans now to attend Oshkosh. We are going to have even more fun there!
Helicopter enthusiasts are always looking for more ways to use their machines, to get the most enjoyment and the greatest freedom. With a helicopter, you control where you fly and how long you stop to watch what is happening around you. For years, pilots and passengers of the Safari helicopter have taken to nature to fly the canyons, lakes, deserts, and forests of the world to view the wonders of nature.
With the Safari, they have been able to:
- hover over nature's wonders for a fuller appreciation
- gain access to areas that are inaccessible by any other means
- reduce travel time and enjoy more pleasure being on location quicker than by conventional means.
Canadian Home Rotors, manufacturers of the Safari, are situated in the forest and lakes area of Canada, a vacation paradise. It should surprise no one that many of the staff are avid campers and fishermen, looking for ways to get into overstocked fishing lakes, miles from any road. Now, they can do just that. The Safari has now been fitted with pontoons, allowing a vast number of new landing spots. No boats needed here. Just land where you want and fish from the pontoons or right out of the door of the cab.
SAFARI Helicopter Acquired by CHR International Inc.
MARIANNA, FLORIDA USA August 18, 2009 – CHR International Inc., a US corporation previously involved in aviation, announces the acquisition of SAFARI Helicopter. The SAFARI is an “Experimental” class helicopter sold Flight Ready or as a Kit for homebuilding. Formerly called a “Baby Belle”, it bears a striking resemblance to a Bell 47.
Murray Sweet, one of the original developers of the SAFARI, will remain involved with the new company as a technical consultant, as will other long time members of the SAFARI team. The owners of CHR International Inc., Bobby and Delane Baker, anticipate providing the support that SAFARI owners expect through the development of a worldwide dealer network, including North America.
“Having worked with SAFARI for some time, we appreciate the quality and durability of the helicopter. SAFARI owners are our most valuable resource, and we look to them for ideas for continual improvement of the SAFARI. We have also reduced the dealership requirements in most parts of the world to increase sales and provide local support to owners and builders”, states Delane Baker.
Two Instruments in one; Fits Safari, Baby Belle, Commuter, Helicom and other helicopters
It has taken almost 2 years of research and testing, but CHR, manufacturers of the Safari Helicopter kit have now satisfied themselves with the quality, effectiveness and pricing, to announce a new product in their ever-improving inventory. CHR will now carry and include in their Safari kits, a new helicopter gauge that will replace two instruments formerly used in the Safari. About three years ago, CHR announced the development of a hi/low rotor alarm, for pilots of any helicopter. The alarm was enthusiastically received, especially for low-time pilots, as it gave them additional feed-back on their flying.
CHR, manufacturers of the award winning Safari Helicopter Kit, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Belfield as the Safari Dealer for Australia. Bruce has been the Dealer for New Zealand for several years and has been successful at guiding many builders through the building stages with the Safari. He is one of the most successful dealers to date, and sets the pace for others to follow. Throughout the years Bruce has assisted the Safari designers with carefully reasoned changes to enhance the performance of the Safari.
CHR, manufacturers of the multi award winning Safari Helicopter Kit, are continually working on ways to better the flying ability of not only the Safari, but other kit built and certified helicopters. One of their most recent innovations is a set of tracking lights that will fit most two bladed and three bladed helicopter systems. The tracking lights will show what is happening with the main rotor blades, relative to each other, in both hover and forward flight, for tracking blade variances. Adjustments to blade tracking becomes a one person operation, with a much lower cost than the normal two person activity with strobe lights.
Canadian Home Rotors Inc. (CHR), manufacturers of the multi award winning Safari Helicopter Kit, is very pleased to announce another enhancement and benefit to Safari owners. Through long and thorough testing, we have reached a decision to extend the maintenance intervals and TBO time for the Safari. To date the maintenance intervals for the Safari have been set at 200 hours, almost two years of flying for most private pilots.
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) is now accepting Group Aviation Insurance applications for amateur built helicopter aircraft, in Canada. Brochures on how to apply are available through the COPA website.
COPA's insurance is available to Canadian residents who are paid up COPA members.
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