Leading kitplane manufacturer Lancair International has become the US distributor for the Italian Heli-Sport CH-7 Kompress kit-built helicopter.

The Kompress is a tandem two-seat version of the CH-7 Angel single-seat kit helicopter, over 120 of which have been delivered by Turin-based Heli-Sport.

The 450kg (990lb) gross-weight aircraft is powered by a turbocharged, 85kW (115hp) Rotax 914 piston engine. Cruise speedis 86kt (160km/h) with 5.8h endurance.

Redmond, Oregon-based Lancair will offer only the two-place Kompress. The dual-control helicopter can be flown single-seat, "so we feel the two-seater makes more sense in the long run, even though the kit is a bit more expensive." The company says. The helicopter will cost under $60,000 without engine, paint and battery.

Source: Flight International