Enstrom debuts its upgraded 280FX at Heli Expo. (Dan Parsons)
Enstrom Helicopter has debuted improvements to their 280FX aircraft, including redesigned cabin doors, lighting upgrades – including LED forward and aft landing lights – and a new avionics and switch console.
“The new collectives are great,” said Enstrom’s senior technical representative and CFI Bayard DuPont. “They make all the lighting and start switches easily accessible for both pilots, which is great for instruction, and they mimic the larger 480B turbine collectives for easy transition. And the new avionics and switch consoles mimic the 480B as well, with clean backlit panels for night flying. These are the kind of features you’d expect to see on expensive turbine aircraft, and we’ve brought them to piston market.”
The improvements are included as standard on new 2019 Enstrom 280FX helicopters.
“The 280FX is one of the best-looking aircraft ever produced, and it has a ton of room inside, but the doors were a bit small,” said Enstrom dealer and operator Roger Sharkey. “Not anymore. These new super-wide doors are great! Now pilots and passengers of any size can get in and out of the large cabin comfortably. In addition, it makes it easier to load gear, or turn rides quicker. These new doors are exactly what the helicopter needed."