The Autogyro is a type of Rotary Wing Aircraft.
Description / Specifications
The Autogyro is a small rotary-wing aircraft designed for the civilian market.
Hull / Suspension
An open frame constructed from steel and lightweight materials, containing the exposed mechanical components.
- Length: 3.4m, Width: 1.0m, Height: 1.8m (including the rotor mast).
- Rotor Diameter: 6.2m.
- Overall Volume: 6.2m³ (0.5 dTons).
- Unloaded Weight: 115 kg.
The overall volume measures the vehicles maximum dimensions less the rotor blades. The enclosed volume of the frame fuselage is substantially lower. The rotor blades can be folded to lie along the line of the aircraft when it is being transported. The length includes the tail and rudder.
The aircraft has a fixed three point undercarriage fitted with wheels.
Power / Transmission
A small internal combustion power plant using hydrocarbon fuel. The fuel supply is contained within a small protected tank. The power plant drives a pusher rotor located behind the pilot: the main rotor is unpowered and spins due to autorotation, caused by the flow of air moving over the rotor blades.
- Takeoff Run: 35m.
- Maximum Takeoff Weight: 245 kg.
- Cruise Speed: 110 kph, Top Speed: 160 kph, Stall Speed: 0 kph.
- Duration: 2.5 hours at Cruise Speed, 1.5 hours at Top Speed.
- Maximum Altitude: 3,000m (depending on the local atmosphere type).
Note: in the event of a stall, the aircraft will either (a) gain enough speed during its fall to cause autorotation in its rotors and thus gain lift, or (b) impact the ground with catastrophic consequences.
The cockpit consists of a single seat protected by an open fairing. The seat is fitted with a safety harness. The pilot's position is fitted with basic mechanical controls. A console provides data such as velocity and altitude.
The vehicle has no internal storage. Incidental cargo may be carried in panniers or slung bags.
- Cargo Storage: none.
- Maximum load: 130 kg (including crew) before performance is impaired.
History / Background
A very small aircraft available in a variety of body styles and colors. The density of the local atmosphere dramatically affects vehicle performance.
See also: Flying Craft of the Distant Fringe
References & Contributors / Sources
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