20 thoughts on “Gyroplanes Buyer’s Guide 2015

  1. The Vortex M912 is actually a product of Sport Copter of Scappoose, Oregon and not Airgyro of Germany.

  2. Joey,

    I don’t fly gyros, but I do read extensively on them as they are a real marvel of the laws of physics.

    Everyone will have an opinion and mine comes from reading virtually anything I can get my hands on.

    I personally believe the Sport Copter Lightning has far and away the best built and safest light weight gyro. In the Dominator you get a stronger engine but your seat is the gas tank. Don’t spill. The suspension I believe is much stronger, especially the front tire mechanism. It needs to be made to withstand greater pressure. The seat in the Lightning is the same G-force seat they put in their most expensive gyro.

    In this category both gyros are the elite. In my book, it is like night and day but you would have a hard time convincing everyone of that. You need to decide for yourself. Good luck.

  3. sirs:

    has the gyroplane (fatal) pitchover problem been engineered out of the current crop of gyroplanes?
    thanks for your reply

    carl charest

  4. Dear Carl,

    You ask about gyro pitch over and I understand why. With gyros there can be scenarios that involve a pilot induced oscillation and possible unrecoverable situation. All begin with an undesirable forward-aft oscillation of the aircraft and the pilots unfamilitarity with it’s feel. As pic you must know in advance how well your gyro’s design addresses centerline thrust and airframe stability, ie: horizontal stabilization. The claim of Inherent Stability of a gyroplane must be confirmed because of it’s importance regarding less pilot workload flight.
    Best make it as safe and as simple as possible and focus on a gyro that is a centerline thrust, horizontal stabilizer designed and equipped machine. Then you will have the most docile as possible gyroplane to fly and enjoy it.

  5. What happened to the Groen Brothers? They were designing and preparing to manufacture gyros about 20 years ago that looked like winners. I went to their plant outside Salt Lake City to tour the ops and thought it was very promising.

  6. Looks intriguing, but 60k is not 10% of the cost of an R22 which is a comparable helicopter. More like 40%.

  7. I own and built an Autogyro Cavalon,,,,,,have flown in a Calidus and also a Xenon. While the Xenon was the first experience I felt it flew very well and the instructor Chris Lord was a pleasure to deal with. I was not so sure about the company itself and therefore did not pursue the Xenon. We then flew in a Calidus and was impressed but did not feel the tandem seating was what we wanted then finally Autogyro USA in Stevensville, MD. got in a Cavalon that we could do a demo flight in. I went down and took a ride and I was hooked, placed the order the same day. I finished the build and brought it home to northeast Pa. near the end of September 2016 and as of this date have a 192 hrs. flight time on this aircraft. 2 weeks ago my girlfriend and I met up with 4 other Autogyro owners and did the Hudson River Exclusion trip to circle the Statue of Liberty. I have been flying fixed wing aircraft since 1991 and have helicopter training time in a Hiller, a few hours in a 300 Schweitzer and about 25 hrs. in a Bell 47 including a few hrs. of solo time and I have to say the trip to the Statue in the gyro was one of by best flying experiences of all. These machines are not your grandpa’s gyrocopter,,,,,they are modern, technical and stable aircraft that will amaze you. They can be flown very slowly with no fear of stalling or spinning or 100 mph cross county which is comparable some other fixed wing aircraft and somewhat faster than some small helicopters. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made and look forward to possibly building another one in a year or so (at which point my current will be available for sale) With all that said the one thing I will stress the most for anyone considering a gyro please get lots of professional training, they are amazing aircraft but there are some things that are different from helicopters or fixed wing and those things are not to be taken lightly. They will harm or even kill you if they are not respected. No matter where we go with the Cavalon there are always people wanting to know more about this machine. Coming in over the numbers 1000 ft. up and then straight down until about the last few hundred feet and still be able to land in a short distance really makes an impression and they always want to know more. Happy flying and be safe out there.

  8. Gyros can be bunched up in groups with basically the same performance and price range.
    Single seaters, open frame, 582 Rotax engine, namely Dominators and Butterflys, not sure about the second still in market.
    Two seaters tandem, 912 Rotax and or 2.5 Subaru conversions (much better for me) also some side by side, mostly europeans.
    They are safe, fun, economical machines you can take home with you.
    First you should get some time and even instruction, than hang around gyro people, lots of fun and learning, then you can go after the one you think will fit your needs the best!

  9. Ron Andress would be interested with talking to you about your gyro. Been flying a powered parachute for years, looking to step up to something with a futher range. From South East Pa

  10. Any advice where could I get trained in ELA 7. Preferable in the US and even better if its the Agro type.


  11. to whom it may concern

    I am interested in Cavalon gyrocopter. I am concerned that they have added unacceptably fine and the Lycoming aisle 360 and yet the cruise speed remains the same. My question is why don’t they send some of that horsepower to the rotor while you’re still stationary and perhaps then do a jump start. It seems to me such a fine engine any flying contraption showed at least prove its cruise speed if not, jumpstart.

    Please demystify this for me if you can.

  12. In response to David Sage: A gyrocopters rotor is driven by the air going up through the rotor. A helicopter rotor is driven by a motor and moves the air downward as stated by the author in the third paragraph. The rotor blades angle of attack would have to be changed with a device like a helicopter collector for them to pull the aircraft upward. Then you would have to quickly transition back to auto gyro mode which could be risky. So it could and has been done but I wouldn’t count on a manufacturer to build it anytime soon. The liability claims would bankrupt them.

  13. I’m doing a research project on gyroplanes and I’m just trying to figure out what fuels them. Is it gasoline that fuels their engine?
    Do they have any gas emissions or affect on the environment?

  14. Yes there are both gyroplanes and helicopters that are electric powered by battery. they can be found on Youtube.

  15. “…like those little propellers you get at the fair with a dowel through them that you spin in the palms of your hand, and they fly up and away.”

    I love that you’re promoting gyroplanes, but this explanation is totally incorrect by any stretch of the imagination, and it undermines your authority to be giving any advice regarding gyroplanes. Just get rid of this example, or go back and do some more basic research–along the lines of why a maple leaf spins as it falls through the air.

    Best wishes,

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