Delta2: World’s first DIY bio-fuel based helicopter

May 12, 2010 / 1 Comment

Delta2 an Australian aviation company is all set to take the aviation world by storm through its creation of worlds’ first biofuel-capable diesel helicopter. Graceville based aeronautical engineer Bill Whitney, has designed this very beautiful and stylish looking low cost helicopter for Australian farmers with large countryside landholdings and oodles of diesel to burn.deltasp Delta2: World’s first DIY bio fuel based helicopter

The Delta D2 engine completely designed around the Deltahawk V4 diesel engine which burns 40% less fuel than the standard gasoline aviation engines and 75% less than turbine aviation engines and also get 30-40% more range per gallon. Delta can also generate more torque, which is what helicopters need to keep aloft. Other than the four-cylinder, two-stroke, water-cooled, turbocharged diesel engine the copter will have custom made carbon-fibre rotors that are individually hinged to make the aircraft more controllable and safer.

With incredible amount of interest already shown by Australia’s regional farmers the company intends to begin small by letting the farmers construct their own D2 using a kit which will cost around $180,000 AUD or $200,000 fully assembled.

Via: Inhabitat