|STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 1,050. Empty wt. 620. Fuel capacity 12. Rotor diameter 28′. Length 13′. Engine 135-hp Lycoming.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 90. Cruise mph 75. Minimum mph 28. Climb rate 500. Ceiling 7,000. Takeoff run 350. Landing roll 0. Range 90.
The Sportster is the world’s first two-place gyroplane designed for the homebuilder who has limited access to power tools. Ninety percent of the structure is bolted or riveted together, and a minimum of machined parts are used. For convenience, the Sportster is designed to be towed behind a car. Two average people, 350 pounds combined, can fly comfortably inside its nearly enclosed cockpit for up to 90 miles on a cross-country trip. A 130-hp Franklin, 135-hp Lycoming, or 150-hp Lycoming engine can be used. With the engine cut, the Sportster has a 1,000-fpm sink rate. The Sportster is now marketed by Aircraft Designs, Inc.