In my previous post I detailed the genesis of the Innovator Mosquito Air helicopter, and this lead on to the Mosquito XE model which was essentially the same but with a lightweight cabin. The helicopter kits and factory finished helicopters are now manufactured by Composite FX of Trenton in Florida and the have expanded the models to include the XEL (a lightweight model on floats to take advantage of the higher MAUW allowed under FAA Part 103 for floatplanes), the XE with the Zanzoterra MZ 202 engine of 64 HP, the XE 290 which has an 800 cc CFX 800 engine of 90 HP and has a higher MAUW of 720 pounds (362 Kg) and the XET which is turbine powered with a Solar T62-T2A which produces 95 HP continuous.
The specifications for the XE are: length 16 feet (4.87 metres) and the rotor diameter is 19 feet 6 inches (5.94 metres). The empty weight is around 298 pounds (135 kg) and the MAUW in New Zealand is 530 pounds (240 Kg). With the Zanzoterra MZ 202 engine (that is now manufactured in China) the maximum speed is 80 mph (69 knots).
We have had five Mosquito XE helicopters registered in New Zealand to date, as follows: