Struchen Ultralight Helicopter
The Struchen (strew-shen) single seat ultralight helicopter was designed and built by Fred Struchen of North Vancouver. He used a combination of helicopter, motorcycle, automobile and hardware store components that were modified as required.
The powerplant is a Honda Civic engine, cooled by a motorcycle radiator. The drive belt came from a Harley Davidson, while the transmission is from a Yamaha and the canopy is created from a residential skylight. Numerous precision parts were machined or modified by the builder.
The Struchen is complete and fully operational, but it is believed that it was never registered or flown by the builder, although it has done low-altitude “hover” tests.
This aircraft was donated to the museum by its builder in 1996.
The aircraft is used for off-site displays and can be seen throughout the year at events around the Lower Mainland.