|The sleek ArrowCopter on the corner of Celebration Way in Oshkosh together with BRP-Rotax.
By Marino Boric, EAA European Correspondent
ArrowCopter USA announced the ArrowCopter AC10 autogyro kit for the United States market on Wednesday. The AC10 is the kit version of the two-place tandem AC20 autogyro manufactured by FD Composites in Austria. AC10 is on display this week at the Rotax exhibit in booths 265-267 on Celebration Way.
Development began more than six years ago in Austria with the goal of designing a high-end performance autogyro using 21st century methodology to improve the aircraft's flying capabilities and safety.
FD Composites was assisted by Carbo Tech-Austria, a top composite production shop in Europe, using state-of-the-art equipment. Carbo Tech's expertise added designer flair to aerodynamic function.
LSA certification in Europe of the AC20 through AustroControl was obtained on June 22. Interest in the ArrowCopter has been very strong even during the development process especially at European trade shows like AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany. There are already distribution partners in Australia, South Africa, France, and GO GYRO LLC in Baltimore for the U.S. Production is ramping up for early 2013 deliveries, the company stated.
U.S. representative Claudius Klimt has been coordinating with FD Composites for more than two years to establish the foundation to support growth in the U.S. market.
"The U.S. is behind several other countries in their use and acceptance of autogyro technology even though it has been shown for decades to be economical and safe with proper design," he said. "I believe the sophistication and performance of the ArrowCopter will help change that oversight."
The company plans a builder-assist program to streamline the process to two weeks while providing vital builder education. Plans are also in place to offer flight training and the builder-assist program simultaneously.
Price will be around $150,000. For more information visit www.Arrow-Copter.com.