• Industrial design
  • Horizont
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    Scout helicopter

    Task: to design a helicopter.

    Release date: October 28 2015

    Scout is a light experimental helicopter created by Horizont design bureau famous for building aircraft with unique flying qualities. Helicopter exterior, interior and air navigation display interface, all sharing the idea of simple and accessible flight, were created at the studio.

    The roof panel and the shell that covers the junction between the tail boom and the framework are joint together, painted in one color and covered with similar finishing, which creates a soft and elegant silhouette of the helicopter’s windshield, roof and tail

    The exterior is centered around panels of the bearing frame. Front door pillars define the dynamic rhythm maintained by other parts of the fuselage

    Hood panels are accentuated with a different color, can be easily removed and provide quick access to the engine for inspection, maintenance and pre-flight preparation

    The 85-liter luggage compartment is located behind the cockpit, to the left of the engine. It provides extra storage space allowing to conveniently store luggage and equipment during long-distance flights

    The doors swing up to ensure comfortable entry of passengers and the pilot and contrast in color with the engine hood behind them

    Bottom part of the windshield covers the foot pedal area and increases visibility

    The horizontal beam coinciding with the lower edge of the window slightly below the line of sight of the pilot provides additional information about the horizon and roll during maneuvers

    Roof panel and the casing that covers the connection of the tail boom to the bearing frame are connected, painted in the same color and have similar texture. This ensures smooth and visually pleasing curve going from the windshield through the roof an to the tail

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    Scout’s dimensions are close to traditional two-seat helicopters, yet it can easily carry three people with luggage.
    The appearance of the helicopter borrows from automotive design making it more understandable and attractive to amateur pilots. The engine uses standard A-95 gasoline which allows refueling at regular gas stations. This effectively removes any restrictions on the Scout’s flying range.


    The task that we and Art. Lebedev Studio had to accomplish was a challenging one, as the specifics of helicopter industry pose a lot of design restrictions. Frankly speaking, some of our engineers had occasional thoughts that we would get nowhere and the project was just a waste of time and money, but the product designers were not giving up and together we were steadily moving towards our goal. It was not an easy road, but the result is worth the effort. Once again, I would like to acknowledge the determination of the studio’s team, as well as their creativity and design genius. Most people would’ve given up at the first stages.»

    Aleksander Shostak
    project manager

    — Engine power 210 hp
    — Maximum flight duration 3,2 hours
    — Maximum flight range 600 km
    — Maximum altitude 2990 m
    — Maximum speed 209 km/h
    — Cruising speed 187 km/h
    — Climbing ability 8 m/s
    — Full length (incl. rotor) 9,32 m
    — Height 2,6 m
    — Chassis width 1,97 m
    — Cockpit width 1,59 m
    — Empty weight 450 kg
    — Maximum takeoff weight 882 kg

    The small, comfortable, maneuverable, easy to control aircraft with low fuel requirements is designed to provide unprecedented opportunities for travel opening the world of flying even to those who previously could not even dream of the sky.

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    Several bright attractive color combinations are offered for the helicopter’s fuselage panels: blue-green, orange-white, camouflage blue, scarlet-silver and yellow-gray

    More than 20 combinations of exterior and interior color schemes are available. The color palette is both aesthetic and technically practical.

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    From Horizont:

    project manager
    Aleksander Shostak
    chief designer
    Vladimir Kireev
    leading aerodynamicist
    Oleg Dzhogan
    leading designers
    Aleksey Barinov
    Andrey Vasilenko
    Evgeny Serikov
    Aleksey Novikov
    Andrey Tokunov
    Roman Dovgodko
    Dmitry Obodets
    Evgeny Izhboldin
    Aleksander Balychev
    Irina Sergeeva
    structural analyst
    Nikolay Zhabko
    chief technologist
    Mikhail Gopanchuk
    leading composite materials technologist
    Kirill Krivenko
    leading machining technologist
    Nikolay Korobchey
    machining technologists
    Evgeny Karachevtsev
    universal experts
    Aleksander Dzih
    Aleksander Mutilin
    Taras Medvedksy
    Pavel Tislenko
    Andrey Navruzov
    Yuri Prisyazhny

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