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Mosquito XE Single Seat Helicopter

By: on October 23, 2017
$34k - $41k
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Composite FX's single seat helicopter is definitely the first mosquito I've ever seen that I don't want to squash between my hands, or watch fly right into a zapper. The company's XE line of Mosquito choppers is intended as an "affordable, high performance machine for helicopter enthusiasts."

In other words [cue music], "Who wants to join the helicopter joyride?"

Composite FX's original Mosquito is the plain XE, a light helicopter they say has exceptional auto-rotation capabilities and a strong tail rotor authority. You can check one out from the pilot's POV in the video above, dipping, curving, and coasting above somewhere with a whole lotta fields of green. It looks both exhilarating and peaceful for a sunny Saturday afternoon, but what I'd really like to see is a demo of the Mosquito flying its aviator from home in Naperville to work in downtown Chicago.

Another member of the XE family is the 285, a more robust Mosquito Composite FX calls the "workhorse" of the bunch. It's piston-powered, water-cooled, and oil- and fuel-injected, with a programmable ignition. The engine is 800cc, 85HP, with a fuel consumption rate of 6 gallons per hour so you can escape to skies farther away, and for longer.

Note: Mosquito single seat helicopters were developed pre-drone invasion. If you decide to pick yourself up a little XE for Christmas, try not to get mistaken for one in the wrong guy's, or government's, backyard.

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