With the ability to takeoff and land almost anywhere in less than 200 meters, the Top Cub can do nearly everything a light helicopter can do at a fraction of the cost.  Factor in reduced pilot training and insurance costs along with reduced maintenance down-time and the Top Cub gains an even greater economic advantage.  
    Top Cub R22 R44 Bell 206B  
  Acquisition Cost, China, CNY 2,341,920 3,000,000 5,000,000 17,600,000  
  Useful Load kg 500 232 452 676  
  Payload-Standard Fuel kg 364 182 368 570  
  Payload-Optional Fuel kg 315 182 318 N/A  
  Range-Maximum/Standard Fuel¹ km 871 270 326 532  
  Range-Maximum/Optional Fuel¹ km 1,210 473 579 N/A  
  Takeoff Distance, Sea Level, ISA, Max Weight (meters) 176 N/A N/A N/A  
  Landing Distance, Sea Level, ISA, Max Weight meters 176 N/A N/A N/A  
  Cruise Speed km/hr 194 158 194 194  
  Direct Operating Cost/hr, CNY² 558 714 1,156 2,176  
  Automobile Fuel STC Available YES YES NO Jet Fuel  
  Notes  
  ¹ 70% power; no wind; 30-minute fuel reserve  
  ² Includes fuel @ 8rmb/ltr; oil; and hourly reserves for overhaul and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and inspections