HELIKITE WINCHES & REELS

Extra Large V8 Helikite Winch

The largest Helikite winch currently available.  It is designed to operate the 175m3 and 250m3 Desert Star Helikites.  These are powerful aerostats generating substantial pulling forces in a hgh wind but the V8 motor is fully capable of coping with the strain.

The huge tall, narrow drum can accommodate enough flying line to allow the big Helikites to fly over 5000ft with ease.

Specifications

  • Weight: 2.7 tonnes

  • Dimensions : Length: 400cm, Width: 200cm, Height: 160cm

  • Engine: 250HP V8 Gasoline Engine

Large Gasoline Helikite Winch

Powerful gasoline or diesel, direct-drive, motor winch. Originally designed to operate from US Naval ships. For Helikites of 64m3 and over. Land or sea. Suitable for fibre-optic.  The huge tall, narrow drum can accommodate enough flying line to allow the big Helikites to fly over 5000ft with ease.

A large and very powerful wheeled gasoline winch, specially designed by Allsopp Helikites Ltd, suitable for large Helikite operations. Designed to be air-mobile, easily towed into position and then rapidly deployed. It has a centrifugal clutch aligned with a forward and reverse gearbox coupled to an in-line reduction gearbox. It has a variable line speed up to an unusually fast 100 metres/minute whilst pulling 750Kg. The specially designed smooth-running, tall, narrow, drum is designed to automatically lay the line neatly without the requirement for expensive, complicated and unreliable level-wind mechanisms. With its large core diameter, the drum is highly suitable for fibre-optic tethers. Optional slip rings can be supplied. The winch is optimised for maximum speed and power whilst retaining reliability, so it has a very efficient in-line configuration. The powerful clutch allows the drum to freewheel if required for silent and fast Helikite ascent. There is a separate, strong, double-disc brake. Line can be rum from the top or bottom of the drum as preferred. There are roller fairleads top and bottom. The engine is the reliable Honda 22HP OHV four-stroke. There is also a manual emergency winder. Safety features include: A manual drum locking bar; an emergency stop button; lockable ignition switch and steel safety cage surrounding the moving parts. The wheels can be removed and stored on a bracket on the winch when required. The strong powder-coated steel frame protects the winch and creates an easily packaged, fork-lift friendly unit. The winch is weather-proof and is suitable for use on land, vehicles, or at sea.

Specifications

  • Power: 22 HP OHV Honda gasoline motor

  • Weight: 1225kg​

  • Overall dimensions with wheels and tow-hitch stowed.​

  • Length: 232cm  Width: 1500cm  Height: 146cm

  • Line speed 100 metres per minute forward and reverse.

  • Max. Recommended Working Line tension is 750Kg. Max line pull is 1000Kg.

  • Brake: Lever operated twin disc brakes.

Gasoline Motor Winches

Small Gasoline Helikite Winch

Superb, mobile winch using a 4.5HP Honda engine. Can be operated on the ground, at sea or from a pick-up truck. Removable wheels. Totally, stand-alone system. For Helikites up to 34m3. Suitable for fibre-optic.

A strong and handy wheeled gasoline winch, specially designed by Allsopp Helikites Ltd, suitable for most Helikite operations. Designed to be compact and fit anywhere. Easy to man-handle and fast to deploy. It has a centrifugal clutch aligned with a forward and reverse gearbox onto a 90 degree reduction gearbox. It has a variable line speed up to a creditably fast 50 metres/minute. The specially designed smooth-running, tall, narrow, drum is optimised for automatic line-laying and is suitable for fibre-optic tethers. A unique feature is the variable width of the drum that can be set for different line lengths and thicknesses of cable. The winch has automatic gearbox braking and also a separate, foot operated disc brake. The quiet engine is the reliable and familiar Honda 4.5HP four-stroke. Safety features include: an emergency stop button; lockable ignition switch and stainless-steel safety cage surrounding the moving parts. The wheels can be removed and stored on a bracket on the winch when required. The strong powder-coated steel frame protects the winch and creates an easily packaged, fork-lift friendly unit. The winch is weather-proof and is suitable for use on land, vehicles, or at sea.

Specifications

  • Power: 4.5 HP Honda gasoline motor Weight: 120kg

  • Wheeled dimensions: Length: 100cm Width: 50cm Height: 70cm

  • Non-Wheeled dimensions: Length: 100cm Width: 50cm Height: 60cm

  • Line speed 50 metres per minute forward and reverse.

  • Max. Recommended Working Line tension is 200kg.

  • Max line pull is 300kg.

  • Automatic 90 degree gearbox brake, plus foot operated disc brake.

  • Full safety features

12V Electric Winches

High Speed 12V Helikite Winch

12V Custom Drum MK2 Helikite Winch

Large drum custom made to accommodate long line length. A strong and reliable 12 volt electric winch suitable for Helikite operations. It can operate directly from a 12 volt car battery or other suitable 12 volt supply and can be remotely operated via radio or cable.

Custom-made extra large capacity drum for long lengths of flying line. It has an extra fast line speed of approximately 20 metres/minute to enable fast Helikite deployment. The gearbox position is moved away from the drum, so it does not melt the soft Dyneema flying line and the fairlead is designed to protect soft, thin, Dyneema flying line.  It is weather-proof and suitable for marine use if required.

 

It has an optional bracket allowing direct attachment to the tow-hitch ball of a vehicle. It has a large, steel base plate suitable for easy anchorage to the ground. This can also be bolted to the flat bed of a truck or any suitable flat surface.
 

Specifications

  • Weight: 60Kg

  • Length: 60, Depth: 20, Height:33

  • Line speed 20 metres/minute in and out.

  • Heavy duty series wound motor delivers strong torque.

  • Built in waterproof control unit.

  • Reliable 3 stage planetary gearbox runs cool so it will not harm Dyneema tether line.

  • Smooth aluminium fairlead designed for Dyneema tether line.

  • Rotating ring gear clutch. Free spooling of line is possible (but not recommended during Helikite flight).

  • Easy installation and maintenance

  • Brake Automatic, double cone brake, external to the drum so it will not heat up drum core.

12V Standard MK1 Electric Helikite Winch

A strong and reliable 12 volt electric winch suitable for Helikites from 1m3 up to 40m3. Also, very useful for a large variety of other winching purposes where a strong, reliable, all-weather winch is needed. It has a relatively fast line speed of approximately 20 metres/minute. The gearbox and fairlead is optimised for the use of Dyneema flying line. It is weather-proof and suitable for marine use if required.

It can take hundreds of feet of line, the exact amount depending upon the thickness of the line chosen. It can operate directly from a 12 volt car battery or other suitable 12 volt supply and can be remotely operated via radio or cable.

It has an optional bracket allowing direct attachment to the tow-hitch ball of a vehicle. It can also be attached by bolting it to the flat bed of a truck or any suitable flat surface, or anchored directly onto the ground.
 

Specifications

  • Weight: 60kg

  • Length: 60, Depth: 20, Height:33

  • Line speed 20 metres/minute in and out.

  • Heavy duty series wound motor delivers strong torque.

  • Built in waterproof control unit.

  • Reliable 3 stage planetary gearbox runs cool so it will not harm Dyneema tether line.

  • Brake Automatic, double cone brake, external to the drum so it will not heat up drum core.

  • Smooth aluminium fairlead designed for Dyneema tether line.

  • Rotating ring gear clutch. Free spooling of line is possible (but not recommended during Helikite flight).

  • Easy installation and maintenance.

  • Water resistant sealed

Recommended power supply

One 12V, 100amp/hour battery will give 30 minutes continuous use. Two batteries recommended for extended use.

Hand Winches

Trolling Reels

Okuma Titus Gold Single Speed Lever Reel

Made from one piece T6-6061 aluminium, it is equipped with 5 sealed stainless steel ball bearings. The oversized gears with angled teeth offer maximum power. Neoprene case and rod clamps.

One piece frames made from high grade T6-6061 alliminium so lightweight and extreamly strong.
The reel comes in a choice of 2 different gear settings 4.7-1 and S=High Speed 6-1 retrieve. 

 

The spool is made from forged aluminium for extreme strength with 5 sealed stainless steel bearing and an extremely powerful brake with sealed drag washers.  The side plates, handle knob and drag lever  are in forged aluminium.  Retrieve is silent, no annoying clicking.

Penn Senator 117L 14/0 Conventional Reel

Standard Trolling Series - Penn Senator Reels are the world's most powerful star drag reels and rugged offshore workhorses.

The Penn Senator 117L Star Drag Reel is the most heavy hitting Senator on the market. By far. Its longevity makes it the reel of choice, the 117L will hold well over 1000 yards of 130#  monofilament.  

 

The main gear is a high-strength marine grade bronze alloy offering and designed to withstand extreme force.

Metal Hand Reel

Wooden Hand Reel

Most people who buy a small Helikite have one of these reels hand-made from hickory. Simple and very tough.

Allsopp Helikites Ltd

Unit 2, Fordingbridge Business Park, Fordingbridge, Hampshire. SP6 1BD England UK

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