Jag Helicopter Group is promoter of the world's first turbine-powered, multi-bladed kit helicopter. Company manufacturing plant at Roseville covers 5,110m2 and employed 32 people in September 2002. The company has also announced that it intends to develop a four-seat version under the designation JAG 455 (four seats, five main rotor blades, five tail rotor blades) as well as a UAV version.
TYPE: Two-seat helicopter kitbuilt.
PROGRAMME: Mockup exhibited at Sun ‘n’ Fun, April 2001 and EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, July 2001. Prototype (unflown, but later registered N255JH) shown at Heli Expo, February 2002. Not believed to have flown by end of 2003.
CUSTOMERS: Total 30 sold by July 2001.
COSTS: US$162,000 per kit for first 100 JAG 235s; approximately US$175,000 thereafter. JAG 255 US$184,000; JAG 285 US$223,000 (2003).
DESIGN FEATURES: Multiblade helicopter with shrouded, otherwise conventional, tail rotor. Three, four or five blades standard; six, seven or eight blade versions available to special order. Streamlined design wirh frock main landing gear mounted on large sponsons.
FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual.
LANDING GEAR: Wheeled tricycle type; fixed.
POWER PLANT: One 236kW derated Rolls-Royce 250-C18 turboshaft. Fuel capacity 265 litres.
ACCOMODATION: Two persons, side by side. Cockpit open at each side.
Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 2004-2005
Technical data for JAG 255
Main rotor diameter: 6.30m, tail rotor diameter: 0.91m, length overall, rotors turning: 7.21m, height overall: 2.44m, width overall: 2.82m, fuselage width: 2.54m, max. take-off weight: 1451kg, empty weight: 499kg, max. level speed: 233km/h, max. rate of climb: 549m/min, service ceiling: 4420m, hovering ceiling IGE: 2590m, hovering ceiling OGE: 1829m, range 642km, endurance 2h 45min