I WAS quite interested when I received Ross' invitation to fly Barry Payne's Dragon Fly Model 333 and more than a little apprehensive, as it is some years since I had operated a small helicopter and I felt less than adequately qualified to technically evaluate this one. Nevertheless, I tried to view it from the perspective of a trainee pilot as the Italian designed machine appeared ideally suited to the training role; potentially the future Cessna 152 of helicopters.
Mark Woodhouse Takes A Look At A Classic Newcomer.
NO it's not a homebuilt! Although you could be forgiven for thinking so at first glance. It is in fact the ERCO Ercoupe 415. A classic aircraft which made a number of valuable contributions to the development of general aviation aircraft. Almost 6000 examples were produced between 1937 and 1970 in a variety of model variations. The story of the Ercoupe in New Zealand began back in 1947 with Taranaki farmer and WW2 pilot Harry Newton and continues today with, among others, his son Matt. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |