Helipod experience
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sebdiaz
Member Since : 2007
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Helipod experience

08-27-2012 05:51:16

Hello r44's friends,
Any real experience with helipods ?, I need to carry some golf bags.
I will apprecite a dealer contact. I been trying with the people on NZ but cri cri ...
Thanks and Regards,
Sebastian

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CoveHelicopter
Member Since : 2009
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08-27-2012 09:39:33
I have a ship in the shop with a set, but it would be a hard fit for clubs  :( I can put a set next to it and post a picture if you like. 

simon
Member Since : 2007
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08-28-2012 04:42:12
If you have a cheap phone plan you might concider calling Ed at E&B helicopter in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
I believe our Canada country code is 001 and his number is 250-287-4421
I have seen a few sets there. Ed is straight forward and you can trust what he says.

Cheers, from Canada
sebdiaz
Member Since : 2007
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08-28-2012 06:24:01
I will appreciate some pictures
Regards
Sebastian
John S
Member Since : 2012
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09-03-2012 06:05:43
I have two pods on an R44 and love them.

The second one arrived damaged.  Someone dropped it or hit it with a vehicle and caved in a corner.    The shipping box wasn't damaged so I it happened prior to shipping.

The distributor started giving me the song and dance about being the shipper's fault and to send pics and and and . . .

I got it fixed at a local fiberglass repair shop for $500 out of pocket.
Rubaga
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09-04-2012 12:07:01
John - can you post pictures? And who produced them. Thanks
John S
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09-04-2012 09:08:51
The pods are manufactured by Heli Pods NZ but the damage problem came from their US distributor.

Their website has many good pics.  And they have many different models of pods.

If you use the helicopter for carrying tools and dirty stuff like I do, they are ideal.  I can keep the inside of the helicopter clean and trash the inside of the pods which wash up nicely with a pressure washer or garden hose.
Barney
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09-05-2012 02:37:45
I use pods made by Helipod in New Zealand. I have two standard pods, one Helipod 11 Toploader and one ski pod. Particularly recommend the Toploader 11 as it is easy to load and has good capacity as  it takes up all of the space between the skids. Helipod have sold to Simplex, a look at the Simplex website will show photos etc.

Helipod in NZ are currently clearing their existing stock and have the Toploader for NZ $ 1650, limited stock. As I recall I paid about double this. Contact leanne@compositehelicopter.com ( Were Helipod NZ) for info.
dmark1
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09-06-2012 01:58:58
How much do these things slow you down?  I get 115 knots out of my 2009 Raven II what can I expect with two of these things strapped on?

Mark
Barney
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09-06-2012 03:07:08
Some photos of Toploader and ski pod on R44
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Barney
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09-07-2012 03:15:28
In my experience two pods will knock about 5kts off cruise speed.

Cheers
dmark1
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09-08-2012 06:45:56
Is it possible to carry fuel in 3 -5 gallon cans on each side (total 100 lbs. side)? Within W&B to do so?  I am looking for a landing re fuel solution whereby I can land on my business's rooftop and refuel without having to go to an airport each time I leave (kind of defeats the purpose of having a helicopter). This would give me 30 extra gallons before "airport" time and would allow a complete non stop between my home base in Dallas and my hotel in Galvestin, Texas.
Barney
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09-08-2012 10:56:43
I sometimes  carry 80 liters spare. Maximum weights are 70lb with 1 pod fitted 150 lb per pod with two fitted, subject to common sense with W&B. (Calculate it if any doubt but it is not normally a problem)  E.G. with one pod with 70lb in it you would    sit a third passenger if there were one, on the opposite rear seat etc.
John S
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09-09-2012 07:57:57
My experience is that it slows you down about 5 knots with two pods attached. 

Well worth it.

W&B and CG has not been a problem.  My top loader models can take 100 lbs if one installed and 150 lbs if two.

I have had about 100 lbs in them and they fly fine.  I try to balance with equal loads per side but cannot say it has been much of a problem when only one pod attached either.
dmark1
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09-13-2012 10:18:01
John is that 100 lbs EACH or 100 lbs. total.  Sounds like I would be limited to 25 gallons (25X 6 lbs gallon = 150 lbs) for two of them.

Barney
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09-16-2012 04:27:58
Approved  maximum load weights are 70 lb if one pod fitted and 150 lb per pod i.e. 300 lb total if two pods are fitted. The 70lb for one pod is probably to do with the fact that with this weight in a single pod W&B is generally okay. You could still remain okay with W&B with more than this in one pod by having say a passenger in the opposite rear seat but you will technically be in breach of the approval.

wulfman76
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09-18-2012 08:22:39
Here is the label off mine just to clear any confusion.

This is off a corner load helipod II.  Not sure if other models are different.
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nskaye
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09-20-2012 04:07:20
If you want to just carry fuel, check out alaskarack.com

NSK
dmark1
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09-23-2012 02:09:01
That looks good, but with the cans positioned that way, I think the cruise speed would be WAAAAY effected.  Anyone with experience with these to weigh in on that?

Thanks
No One
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10-11-2012 10:41:37
Heli Boarding
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nskaye
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10-12-2012 02:29:52
Is there anyone with a topload Helipod in my region?  I'd like to see if ne of my folding bikes will fit inside...

Thanks.

Neil

Wilmington, DE