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Story and photo by MARINO BORIC
AutoGyro
AutoGyro’s Cavalon makes its U.S. debut.

Just weeks after the unveiling of the AutoGyro’s two-seater at AERO 2011, the Cavalon debuted in the United States at Oshkosh this year. The German company has one of the most complete autogyro portfolios on the market, ranging from the classic open-tandem, two-seat MTOsport to the elegant and fully enclosed tandem Calidus, and now the fully enclosed, side-by-side Cavalon. Autogyro as a category is braving the general economic downturn and not only holding market share but also growing in popularity.

AutoGyro was established in 1999 and has already delivered more than 1,000 gyroplanes, manufactured at a rate of 10 per week in Hildesheim, Germany. According to Guido Scheidt and Tim Adelmann, CEO AutoGyro U.S., it is impossible to stall and spin the autogyro, and they report the machines have spectacular takeoff distances (10 to 70 yards) and can land almost like a helicopter. The ability to fly at extremely low speeds, easy ground handling and storage, plus low operational costs make these desirable recreational vehicles.

Currently, there is a strong interest worldwide in autogyros, especially from military operations and public safety departments. Since 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice has been operating an aviation technology program to evaluate low-cost aviation assets for law enforcement, and after initial interest in powered parachutes and fixed-wing airplanes, it’s now examining autogyros. The MTOsport has been in field evaluation since 2010.

AutoGyro manufactures and delivers ready-to-fly aircraft all over the world, but the U.S. market will be served initially with a kit version. Currently, ASTM standards for light-sport aircraft do not allow for ready-to-fly autogyros, but discussions between FAA and the LSA standards committee are ongoing.

AutoGyro’s machines sell for $75,000/$95,000/$110,000 respectively for MTOsport/Calidus/Cavalon. The standard engine is a Rotax 912S (100 hp); for high altitude operation the Rotax 914 Turbo is an option (add $9,000). All kits come pre-wired, and no special tooling is required for the assembly. For more information, visit www.Auto-Gyro.com and www.AutoGyroUSA.com.

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