Aero Design Solves the Problem of Carrying Bikes in Your Helicopter

Like most riders, I’ve struggled with figuring out how to fit up to six bikes in my helicopter to hit the trails. Thankfully, Canadian helicopter accessory maker Aero Designs has the perfect solution with their new Quick Release Bike Rack.

Utilizing the same mounts as their cargo baskets, these racks will hold up to six bikes and fit 26 – 29 inch wheels up to four inches wide. The bikes are secured via two cam arms that clamp down on the tires, much like a standard rack for your car. In reality, this design will save riders that pay for a heli-drop both time and money. Currently, many helicopter shuttle companies have to do multiple runs since they can’t carry all of the people and their bikes at the same time – and often require the bikes to be left dangling from the bottom of the helicopter. This new design seems like you might be able to fly six riders and their bikes all at once, and in a way that’s safer for all passengers.

All sarcasm aside, Aero Design had to do a lot more than make a car rack work for helicopters. To meet US and Canadian regulations regarding flight safety, they had to do performance testing to give pilots information on how having one to six bikes will affect the helicopters performance…

There are also specifics on how to best position the bikes, load them properly, prohibited configurations, and more. While we’re not quite sure how they test for all of this, it makes a lot sense considering the ramifications of something going wrong in helicopter loaded with people.

No price is listed for the racks, but there are financing options available, which usually means they aren’t cheap. So if you own an air shuttle company, or are just independently wealthy, won the lottery, or just earned your way to the point where a helicopter is a viable mode of transportation, check out Aero Designs to bring your bikes along with you.

Aerodesign.ca 

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spotswood
spotswood
5 years ago

Now that Trump has ditched the Paris Accord, we can burn as much jet fuel as we want, right?

Papi
Papi
5 years ago

This is a pretty neat article. I especially like how they require an additional strap to secure wheels attached to non thru-axle bikes, proving once again that QR wheels will kill you.

James Valiensi
James Valiensi
5 years ago

I like to have my helicopter follow me down the trial blasting Wagner from it’s load speakers…

Pete
Pete
5 years ago

Oh sure, but will these racks survive an autorotation or worse?
Because as with any collision, you have to check on the bikes first!

Huffytoss
Huffytoss
5 years ago
Reply to  Pete

A properly preformed autorotation will result in no damage to the aircraft. They make you do a full touchdown autorotation when you learn to for.

The rack does need to be design to meet the crash safety minimums. I don’t have my DO-160 in front of me to cite the G forces. But the structure has to stay intact and not separate from the aircraft, including the bikes. The loads are based on a survivable crash. So if you’re bike isn’t okay, you’re probably dead.

Haromania
Haromania
5 years ago

Holding out for a rack that fits a 4.8 tire. Not sure what they were thinking on that.

Volsung
Volsung
5 years ago
Reply to  Haromania

I’m running 2XL snowshoes on a big fat dummy. These helicopter standards are obsolete.

Jake
5 years ago
Reply to  Haromania

I’m pretty sure that they were thinking that no one who is doing a heli-drop is going to be riding a fat bike… which is probably true.

Garrett
Garrett
5 years ago

Just fab a bracket to mount 3 1-UPs on each skid. Probably more secure and cheaper.

Hmmm
Hmmm
5 years ago
Reply to  Garrett

Except for one minor detail…….regulations and approval for proposed homemade rack…..aircraft are just a tiny bit different than your car….minor detail.

Huffytoss
Huffytoss
5 years ago
Reply to  Garrett

Cheaper and helicopter are two words that are never used together in the helicopter world.

The latch on the 1-UP world not pass scrutiny. It’s a single point failure mode which could result in the bike coming off and hitting the tailrotor.

James Fryer
5 years ago

Thanks but I think I’ll just take my drone.

preston
preston
5 years ago

Helicopter shuttling is for the weak.

Volsung
Volsung
5 years ago

Since when is this website HelicopterRumor

Saturninus (@Saturninus_)

I didn’t know i have problem with my helicopter. I just throw my bikes into the crew compartment of my Huey 😉

Corey
Corey
5 years ago

This is gold!

shreded7
5 years ago

duly noted.