Rotor X eA600
Rotor X Aircraft Manufacturing Company
Chandler, Arizona, USA
Based in Arizona (USA), Rotor X Aircraft Manufacturing Company (RX) are makers of the two passenger Rotor X Phoenix A600 kit turbo helicopter. In 2021, Rotor X Aircraft purchased the kit helicopter company, RotorWay International. RotorWay was founded by B.J. Schrammin in 1961 and the kit helicopter company was originally named the RotorWay Helicopter Manufacturing Company.
On June 29, 2021, Rotor X Aircraft Manufacturing Company announced it is entering the electric Air Taxi market with an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) quad-rotor helicopter for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). Rotor X Aircraft is working in collaboration with its partner company, Advanced Tactics Inc. of Torrance, California (USA). Advanced Tactics has over 10 years experience in developing multi-rotor prototype aircraft and Rotor X Aircraft and will be using this experience to help develop the electric quad-rotor helicopter.
The company states it will implement a new streamlined manufacturing process that will greatly reduce manufacturing costs. This will produce a helicopter kit at an affordable and lower price than has been seen in the past.
The eA600 is a two passenger all-electric kit helicopter (or an eVTOL aircraft) with one main rotorblade, a standard tail rotor, a standard helicopter tail (one vertical stabilizer and one ventral fin), optional doors and fixed skid landing gear. The helicopter has two standard cyclic sticks mounted on the floor, collective levers and foot pedals. The windows are large and provide excellent views for the pilot and passenger.
The electric helicopter is based on the Phoenix A600 Turbo helicopter. The Phoenix A600 Turbo helicopter has an improved body design and landing gear system which will also be featured on the eA600 helicopter. The eA600 has favorable flight characteristics and is inherently stabile making initial training, as well as transition training, a fun and rewarding experience.
The eA600 kit is designed for the amateur builder and provides the customer with all components needed for final assembly and flight. The airframe, tail boom, rotor systems, motor and batteries, all come factory-assembled and ready for installation. The headset, radio equipment, transponder, paint and tools are not included. Doors can be purchased separately from the company. Blueprints, templates, construction and maintenance manuals, and an extensive construction video series are included with the purchase price. The company also has technical support by phone, online and through a factory maintenance course.
The company states that most of their customers, it was first time they build an aircraft and regardless of their background, each customer has been successful at putting the helicopter together.
- Aircraft type: Electric helicopter
- Capacity: 2 people (1 pilot and 1 passenger)
- Cruise speed: 95 mph (153 km/h)
- Range: Unknown
- Flight Time: Unknown
- Rotorblade: 1 main rotorblade
- Tail rotor: 1 tail rotor
- Electric Motors: 1 electric motor
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Standard helicopter windows
- Tail: Has a standard helicopter vertical stabilizer and ventral fin
- Landing gear: Fixed skid landing gear
- Safety feature: Ability to autorotate and land, in case of emergency
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- Article: Rotorway sold to Rotor X Aircraft Manufacturing Co., AOPA, Feb. 4, 2021
- Article: Rotor X's big-blade quad-rotor eVTOL promises extreme efficiency, New Atlas, June 29, 2021
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