If it had claws, it could land on a fencepost.
The Helio Courier offers similar operating capabilities to the Helio Stallion, but in a more economical configuration. It is a 6-place bush / utility / sport-utility aircraft that features a piston engine in the 300 to 400 horsepower range. The company is currently considering engines from manufacturers such as Thielert, Bombardier, SMA, Lycoming and Continental. It is designed to have a minimum controllable airspeed of 26 knots and an estimated cruise speed of 147 knots. The Helio Courier is anticipated to have a useful load of 1,700 pounds and a range of 912 nautical miles with standard fuel capacity. The Helio Courier can safely operate out of a 500 foot unimproved clearing at full gross weight and take-off and land in areas otherwise only accessible to aircraft such as 2-place Piper Super Cubs. The Helio Courier is capable of safely taking off and landing in less than 250 feet. On floats, it can land on and take off from many smaller lakes not safely accessible with the de Havilland Beaver and Otter or the Cessna 180/185 or 206.
The entire cabin area of the Helio Courier is a welded tubular steel structure covered with an aluminum skin. The structural integrity and the resultant crashworthiness attained from this method of construction have contributed to an extraordinarily low fatality rate for this class of airplane.
The Helio Courier has a cargo door that, in conjunction with the pilot door, virtually opens up the entire side of the main cabin making it easy to load and unload equipment or people. There is also another full size passenger door on the right side of the cabin. The Helio Courier wings are built with four hard points that will support 300 pounds each. These hard points can be utilized for military applications, extra fuel capacity or numerous civilian applications. The Helio Courier will be offered with tricycle or conventional landing gear version and will also be available on straight floats, amphibious floats or skis.