These are neither homebuilt or sport helicopters but I will include them here for completeness.
At Tauranga a company called Environment & Conservation Technologies Ltd has been building drones for commercial use since 2018 and they secured a contract with the Department of Conservation to build a drone based on a Mosquito helicopter. In 2021 they changed their name to Envico Technologies Ltd. Various Tauranga photographers have taken tantalising shots of this machine:
I understand the Composite FX factory in the US also builds drones based on the Mosquito helicopter.
I guess this type of development will be the future and the NZ CAA have a permissive approach to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, of which there are several examples that we could feature as details become available. I understand that these types of vehicles are work focussed but I hope we will never lose the thrill of flying!
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