The World’s First All-Composite Carbon/Kevlar, Frameless Helicopter Fuselage, the KC518 Adventourer Introduced

Septemebr 24 2012

The 2012 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI showcased a range of innovations within the aviation industry. One in particular, came from Auckland, New Zealand-based Composite Helicopters International, who introduced the world’s first all-composite Carbon/Kevlar, frameless helicopter fuselage, the KC518 Adventourer.

Composite Helicopters drew inspiration from the great white shark when considering the design of the KC518, because aerodynamics is very similar to fluid dynamics. “The great white shark has a perfect profile and the most efficient fluid-dynamic shape that has been unchanged for millions of years,” says Peter Maloney, president of Composite Helicopters Maloney. Utilizing state of the art CAD systems and modern hybrid compound materials, Composite Helicopters achieved a smooth aerodynamic fuselage shape.

The cabin was designed around Maloney’s height and weight (6’, 240 lbs.) creating a spacious cabin with excellent visibility through a sleek center section. Large storage areas are incorporated into a streamlined empennage (tail), terminating in a powerful ducted fan tail rotor.

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