The Canadian Home Rotors Safari helicopter was developed from the Helicom Commuter that was designed by Harold Emigh in the early 1950s. The design was developed through the 1960s, 70s and 80s and the rights were purchased by Canadian Home Rotors of Ear Falls in Ontario in 1986. They produced kits and the helicopter was introduced at Oshkosh 1992 as the Baby Belle because it looked like a small Bell 47. However Bell Helicopters objected and the helicopter's name was changed to the Safari. An updated model called the Safari 400 was introduced at Oshkosh in 2011. Kits for the Safari have been produced by CHR International Inc of Marianna, Florida since 2010.
The Safari is constructed of welded 4130 tube and the main rotor blades are of composite construction. Specifications are: length 9.22 metres (30 feet 3 inches), height 2.44 metres (8 feet) and the main rotor diameter is 7.72 metres (25 feet 4 inches). Empty weight is around 430 Kg (948 pounds) and in NZ the MAUW is 680 Kg (1500 pounds). A variety of aircraft engines can be fitted and with a 180 HP Lycoming O-360 the cruise speed is 85 knots (137 mph or 74 knots) and the climb rats is 1000 feet per minute.
We have had 16 Canadian Home Rotors Safaris registered in New Zealand to date with the first batch below:2 (c/n XJ0301N) was back in the days when it was called the "Baby Belle" and it was registered to Bruce Belfield of Tokoroa on 19/1/01. It is photo'd above flying at the 2002 SAANZ flyin at Matamata to much interest.
2 (c/n 0514N) was registered to C R Goddard of Te Kuiti on 28/10/04. Ownership changed back to Bruce Belfield on 1/6/13 and then it went to Cloud 7 Aviation (B and J Norgrove) of Ruakaka on 22/11/19.