The world of helicopter aviation is about to undergo a significant transformation. Thanks to a collaboration between Advanced Tactics and Rotor X, the average person will soon have the opportunity to fly a helicopter with ease. The ATRX-700, a two-seater chopper specifically designed for rookie aviators, is set to revolutionize the industry.
The inspiration for the ATRX-700 comes from the RotorWay RW7, but with a modern drivetrain and simplified “fly-by-wire” flight controls, operating this helicopter becomes significantly easier. This innovative design aligns with the proposed Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) rule announced by the Federal Aviation Administration in June. If approved, the rule would place helicopters in the Light Sport Aircraft category for the first time, allowing new pilots to fly and purchase helicopters more readily.
One of the most significant advantages of the ATRX-700 is that no FAA medical certificate is required to fly it. Instead, individuals with a driver’s license and appropriate training can take to the skies. Advanced Tactics offers training at their facilities in Torrance, California, at a lower cost than traditional helicopter instruction. With just 30 hours of flight training, new pilots can gain the freedom to fly. For those seeking additional training, Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) can provide expert guidance.
The ATRX-700 eliminates the need for assembly as it comes ready for flight upon delivery. With a range of color options, this 1,700-pound chopper is powered by a turbocharged engine capable of producing approximately 178 horsepower. It boasts a cruising speed of 100 mph (87 knots), a service ceiling of 16,000 feet, and a carrying capacity of 650 pounds.
Advanced Tactics aims to have the first certified ATRX-700 built by February 2025, pending FAA regulations. Those interested in experiencing the thrill of helicopter flight can now preorder this groundbreaking aircraft for $188,000.
In conclusion, the ATRX-700, in partnership between Advanced Tactics and Rotor X, is set to open up the world of helicopter aviation to a wider audience. With simplified flight controls, reduced training requirements, and no need for assembly, this two-seater chopper offers an accessible and exhilarating flying experience. Source: Advanced Tactics and Rotor X