Other aircraft of the KFS – #4 Trainer/Utility Helicopter
The KFS 269 is based on a US Military Trainer: the Hughes TH-55A (later developed by Schweizer as the Model 300). For ease of logistics, it uses the same engine as the KFS Trainer, the KFS-170.
The KFS maintains a wing of 3 aircraft – which are used for training and VIP Transport. They could theoretically be used for medevac but there are no records of this being done for any KFS troop below the rank of Colonel.
This vehicle is well within the manufacturing capablities of the KFS (it’s ‘ancestor’s” prototype first flew in 1956) . It has a fully articulated, counter-clockwise rotating, three-bladed main rotor, and a two-bladed tail rotor. It also has shock absorber-dampened, skid-type landing gear. The flight controls are directly linked to the control surfaces of the helicopter so there are no hydraulics.
There are generally two sets of controls; the middle collective control stick is removable and a seat cushion can be put in its place for the third passenger.
- Crew: 2 (dual controls) (note: can be increased to 3 by removing one set of controls)
- Length: 28 ft 11 in (8.8 m)
- Rotor diameter: 25 ft (7.6 m)
- Height: 7 ft 11 in (2.4 m)
- Disc area: 196.8 ft² (18.1 m²)
- Effective Payload: 400 kg
- Empty weight: 896 lb (406 kg)
- Loaded weight: 1550 lb (703 kg)
- Powerplant: KFS wankel, 185 hp (134 kW)
- Maximum speed: 95 kts (109 mph, 176 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 86 kts (99 mph, 159 km/h)
- Range: 195 nm (204 miles)
- Rate of climb: 750 ft/min
- Cargo hook for construction and agricultural roles
- Instrument training package for IFR instruction
- Infra-red camera and searchlight for law enforcement patrol
- Ag kit for aerial application of fertiliser and pesticide
- Litter kit and cargo rack for personnel & cargo transport (note: this allows for 4 personnel to be seated OUTSIDE the cockpit)
- Float kit for over water operations