225 shp/167 kw
237 nm/439 km
109 mph/176 kph
Max Cruise Speed
3.5 hrs
Enstrom Helicopter

Piston 280FX

The 280FX (Shark) deliver excellent performance, an enviable safety record, and low direct operating costs. The turbocharged power plant provides excellent high altitude performance. Our high inertia, fully articulated rotor system provides safety and stability, as well as a smooth ride and exceptional autorotation capabilities.

A History of Safety

Our engineers and designers have been on the forefront of safety and innovation since the first helicopter came off our assembly line. And ever since we’ve been perfecting the many safety features on board every helicopter, resulting in Enstrom being named one of the safest aircraft for nearly three decades.

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280 FX Avionics


Our most advanced cockpit yet; equipped with full glass panel display for clear, easy, and accurate viewing of gauges, mapping, GPS, and more. Plus, avionic package upgrades available on all helicopter models.


A unique combination of power and weight with light agility at the controls. Experienced pilots attest to its unparalleled stability and solid craftsmanship.

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480B Design

Design & Customization

Modernized amenities and customization options add comfort and flexibility to your aircraft including interior configuration and seating, exterior paint, and special mission equipment.

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Enstrom Advantage

480B Spraying Mission Flexibility
Responsive controls, advanced stability, and in-flight comfort make any mission possible.
Factory Support Factory Support
Our highly trained team of sales, maintenance, and service professionals are always ready to help.
Maintenance Cost Low Maintenance Costs
Reliable, readily available parts and low aircaft downtime allow you to spend more time in the air.
Performance — Sea Level (ISA)
Mission Weights 2,350 lbs
1,066 kg
2,600 lbs
1,179 kg
Never Exceed Speed (VNE) 117 mph
189 kph
85 mph
137 kph
Max Cruise Speed
(TAS @ 3,000 ft./914m)
109 mph
176 kph
75 kts
139 kph
Service Ceiling 12,000 ft
3,658 m
9,000 ft
2,743 m
Maximum Rate of Climb @ S/L 1,450 fpm
7.4 ms
1,150 fpm
5.8 ms
Power - Turbocharged Lycoming HIO-360
Power Available 225 shp
167 kw
Gross Weight 2,600 lbs 1,179 kg
Empty Weight (standard equipment) 1,670 lbs 758 kg
Useful Load 930 lbs 421 kg
Hover Ceilings
Mission Weights 2,350 lbs
1,066 kg
2,600 lbs
1,179 kg
In-Ground Effect (IGE) 13,200 ft
4,023 m
7,700 ft
2,347 m
Out-of-Ground Effect (OGE) 8,700 ft
2,652 m
N.A ft
N/A m
Range & Endurance @ 3,000 ft (914 m) – No Reserve
Maximum Range 237 nm
439 km
220 nm
407 km
Maximum Endurance 3.5 hrs 3.4 hrs
Fuel System
2 Interconnected Tanks 40 gal
151 L

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