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Current version of the Winner B150 with a Solar T62T-32 turbine
For several years, the Winner Company, situated at Sorinnes on the high grounds of Dinant, is putting its heart and soul in the concept and the development of a two seat, experimental helicopter with a tethering rotor system: available as ready-to-fly or as a homebuilt kit.
Multiple strategic associations were entered into: the ULB's (Brussels University) department of Aero-Thermo-Mecanics in common with the establishment of a European consortium of 39 aeronautical companies with the goal to develop a new generation turbine that provides 250HP and can be used both in recreational airplanes and light helicopters. The coordination of this project is done by PBS.
In parallel to this new turbine it was decided to abandon the Solar T62 turbine; this second-hand power source appeared to be obsolete, difficult to find in a proper condition and with limited performance.
From a strategic point of view, this APU turbine is replaced by a 6 cylinders, 5.2L piston engine with a power output of 180 or 200HP (according his data), a fuel consumption of about 25L/hr, all that comes at a realistic price and together with a 2 years constructor guarantee. The constructor is already present on the market of recreational airplanes since several years, ULPOWER.
In its current configuration, the Winner B150 is undergoing its final tests required to be certified as French CNSK and this prior a phase of revitalization during which it will be fine-tuned and improved in order to become the versions Winner B180/B200/B250.
Winner B180/B200/B250 specifications
Overall length: 30 ft
Main rotor diameter: 25 ft
Maximum take-off gross weight: 1543 lbs (France)
Empty weight: 924 lbs
Power output of 250 HP
Electronic engine control system Fadec
UL520I and 520IS: piston engine of 5.2L displacement, 6 cylinders
Power output of 180 or 200 HP, constant speed 2800 RPM
Controlled by 2 "ECU"
Fuel: 95 or 98 octane
To be confirmed
Cockpit, fuselage, blades and stabilizer in composite
Tubular chassis, tailboom in 25CD4S steel (equivalent to 4130 steel)
Rotor hub, skids in 7075-T6 aluminium
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