Navickas Load Ranger 2000
Designed and built by Tom Navickas, the Load Ranger is primarily targeted at the aerial spraying market, but applications for medium freight hauling, law enforcement and special missions also being considered.
Development started July 1996; first flight in April 1997 and certificated in the Experimental category; 30 flight hours logged by February 1998. Restricted use certification was aimed for third quarter of 1998, but no further information.
The structure was a chrome-alloy tubing skeleton with semi-monocoque skin and a slab-sided fuselage with large centre cargo compartment accessed via a roller shutter. The landing gear was tubular welded steel skids.
Power was from one Allison 250-C18 turboshaft, rated at 236kW for take-off, and a max continuous rating of 201kW driving a two-blade metal main rotor with blade folding. Fuel capacity in standard tank was 190 litres, and with auxiliary or ferry tank, 758 litres.
A pilot and operator were in tandem seats. A freight compartment had a typical load capacity of 907kg. Alternatively, six passengers can be seated side saddle in the cargo compartment with roller doors stowed.
It was priced at US$500,000 (with Army surplus Allison T63 engine and drive train) or US$1.5 million (with civil Allison 250-C18 engine and Bell 206 drive train) in 1999.
Tom Navickas was killed in the Load Ranger in Jersey fathers day 2005 and killed his nephew with him. Apparently they ran out of fuel.
Load Ranger 2000
Main rotor diameter: 10.15m
Tail rotor diameter: 1.58m
Fuselage length: 10.44m
Overall length, rotors turning: 11.79m
Overall width: 0.70m
Height to top of rotor head: 3.35m
Height over tail fin: 3.20m
Weight empty: 438kg
Max gross weight: 1520kg
Useful internal load: 1081kg
External slung load: 1045kg
Never-exceed speed: 278km/h
Hover ceiling, IGE: 2745m
Hover ceiling, OGE: 1065m
Service ceiling: 4725m
Range, with max fuel: 547km