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Please note, this is an introductory guide.

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This page has two sections:

Part 1 Rotorcraft Directory, A listing of current gyroplanes, kits and plans

Part 2 Rotorcraft Bestiary, A spotters guide to future, present and past gyroplanes.

 

Part 1

Rotorcraft Directory

 

Popular Brands and Models

(Currently Producing Gyros or Developing Plans)

 

Manufacturer Model Seats Class Assembly  Price Comments
Air Command

www.aircommand.com

 

Commander 447 1 Ultralight Kit Out of production Popular, one of the first ultralight gyros. Needs upgrades to be safe. Can be cheaply converted to CLT  
  Before Upgrading Commander 1 Experimental Kit Out of production Needs upgrades to be safe. Can be cheaply converted to CLT  
  Elite 447 1 Ultralight Kit Kit without engine: $7935
447 (40 hp) legal ultralight: $9875
Center Line Thrust  
  Elite (various) 1 Experimental Kit 503 (52 hp): $11,255
582 (67 hp): $12,675
2704: $12,996
2706: $14,995
Center Line Thrust, Popular  
  Trainer Elite 2, Tandem Experimental or Ultralight Trainer Kit or assembled airframe ----------------------

Tandem weight without engine: $12,570
Tandem heavy weight without engine: $14,235
F-30 Tandem, basic kit: $19,975
F-30 Tandem, all options: $24,975
Mazda Tandem, basic kit: $22,975
Mazda Tandem, all options: $28,450
 

Popular Trainer, CLT  

Elite Side by Side 2,

Side by Side,

Part Enclosed

open.

Experimental Kit or assembled airframe Side-By-Side F-30: $19,292
Side-By-Side without engine: $11,580
Newest Model. Redesigned version of original side by side.

Center Line Thrust

Single Place Elite can be upgraded to this machine.

Commander SxS can be upgraded to this machine.

 

Commander Side by Side 2,

Side by Side,

Part Enclosed or open.

Experimental Kit Out of Production Needs upgrades to be safe. Can be cheaply converted to CLT  
  Commander 2-Place 2, Tandem Experimental Kit Out of Production Needs upgrades to be safe. Can be converted to CLT  
  147 2,

Side by Side, Enclosed

Experimental Kit/

assembled

Out of Production Advanced in closed 2-place. Only a few produced. rare.  
Sportster Sportster 2 Experimental Plans Plans $500ish 1974 vintage  
Bumble Bee

www.aircraftdesigns.com

 

 

Bumble bee 1 Ultralight Plans, pre-fab parts Plans 1983 vintage  
Barnett Rotorcraft PHOTO J4B 1, Enclosed, or Part Enclosed Experimental Plans, Kit
J4B2 / 3 2, Enclosed Plans, Kit
BRC540 2, Coupe Plans, Kit
JAY SOUZA GYROPLANES

https://members.aol.com/jsgyro/jsgyros.htm

 

Bandit Ultralight 1 ultralight Purchasing Guidelines
Purchasing Guidelines  2-Place Bandit 2

Side by Side

Experimental     Purchasing Guidelines  
Super Bandit 1 Experimental Purchasing Guidelines
Ken Brock Gyroplanes

www.kenbrockmfg.com/ gyros.htm

KB-3 KB-2 1 Experimental Plans, Sub assy
KB-3 KB-3 1 ultralight or experimental Plans, Sub assy
Little Wing Autogyros

www.littlewingautogyro.com

 

 

LW-5 LW-3 1
LW-2 with McCulloch engine, at Mentone LW-2 1
    LW-4            
    LW-5            
Magni Autogyros

https://www.magnigyro.com/USA/usa.htm

 

 

M16 Trainer 2, Tandem Literally the Ferrari of gyroplanes. Italian built, high-end, High-performance and prestigious.

  VPM-2 2

Side by Side

    Out of Production?    
  M13 1     Out of Production?    
M14 Scout 1,2
M18 Spartan 1
PitBull

www.classics.nu/pitbull

1
Gyrobee

https://taggart.glg.msu.edu/gyro/gbee.htm

 

www.usaerotec.com

Pre-made parts can be found here:

https://www.starbeegyros.com/

https://www.iserv.net/~strdream/aluminum.html

 

 

 

Gyrobee 1 Ultralight Plans Free
ROTOR FLIGHT

 DYNAMICS

(813) 634-3370

  Dominator 1 Experimental
Dominator Tandem 1 Experimental
Sport Copter, Inc. Vortex 1 Experimental        
 Sno Bird

(219) 477-5332

Snobird in Flight Charger 2          
    1          
Groen Brothers Aviation

www.gbagyros.com

 

Sparrow Hawk 2

Side by Side

Experimental

( production sport pilot )

Kit      
  RAF - Sparrow Hawk 2

Side by Side

Upgrade Kit

(Requires RAF)

Upgrade Kit   Provides CLT and many other features for the RAF gyroplane  
RAF

https://www.raf2000.com/

 

GTX-2000 2

Side by Side

Experimental Kit   WARNING This gyro is UNSAFE unless equipped with a Horizontal Stabilizer.  
The Butterfly, L. L. C Butterfly 1 Ultralight Kit      
https://www.thebutterfly.info/

 

Monarch 1 Ultralight Kit   The Monarch as a truly revolutionary landing system that can withstand landings that would crush other craft.  
Gyro-Kopp-Ters

www.gyro-kopp-ters.com

 

Midnight Hawk            
Montgomerie Gyrocopters

www.gyrocopters.co.uk

Picture Merlin 1 Experimental Kit Center Line Thrust    
Australian Autogyro Co

011-61-29449-9816

  Skyhook 1 Experimental Kit or Assembled
Chayair

www.chayair.com

Sycamore MK2000 2 Experimental Production

(South Africa)

LSI Amateur-class

 

     
TERVAMAKI

https://www.icon.fi/~jtki/gyroplan.html

 

JT-5 1 Experimental Plans   Original Designer of the Magni Gyroplane. Has designed more but has not published plans for all.

Worth checking out this guys site just for the research.

 

FAA Certified Production Gyroplanes (Modern)       

Manufacturer Model Seats Class Assembly  Price Comments
Groen Brothers Aviation

www.gbagyros.com

 

Hawk 4 GT 4 FAA Certifed Assembled $749,000  Used for Security for Olympic games, Low - cost / High safety  helicopter alternative  
  Sparrow Hawk 2

Side by Side

Sport Pilot Assembled or Kit      

 

 

 

Part 2

Rotorcraft Bestiary

 

 

 

 

Military and Government Produced Gyroplanes

Manufacturer Model Comments
USA

Captive Flight Devices

  Rotary Kite  
US Army / Navy Pathfinder  
USAF  

 

XV-1 Project

 

Looking at the XV-1, it's easy to see the parts and pieces of both a helicopter and a conventional aircraft. The concept carried both a horizontally-mounted helicopter rotor along with a conventional pusher prop for normal flight. It was the first such VTOL developed in the United States. The US Army was very interested in the system for liaison and observation missions, along with tank and artillery spotting. There were also considerations for using it as an airborne ambulance where it could carry two litter patients and an attendant plus the pilot.
 

In 1951, the U.S. Army and Air Force announced a competition to develop a fixed-wing aircraft that could also take off and landing vertically as a helicopter. McDonnell responded a competition with the XV-1 mock-up. Designed by Friedrich von Doblhoff who had pioneered the WNF 342 rotor-craft in Austria during WWII. The XV-1 was powered by a single piston engine that drove the two air compressors to power the 3-blades main rotor with tip-jet for vertical lift, and power a two-bladed propeller at the fuselage rear for forward flight. McDonnell spent 22 months building the XV-1. It was also designated the XL-25 in the liaison category and the XH-35 in the helicopter category. The 1st prototype was test flown in 1954. The 2nd prototype became the first rotor-craft to reach a speed of 320km/h in 1956. Following the Air Force evaluation, its maximum speed capability was accomplished. With the other helicopters improving their cruise speed, the program was terminated in 1957.

 
  XV-2?  
  XOP-1    
  YG-2

NACA

   
  PA-38    
  Kellett KH-17A KH-17A    
  XO - 60    
         
German   Focke-Achgelis Fa-225 rotary glider Prototypes only. No mass production
German Focke-Achgelis Fa-330 rotary Kite  
German C19-Focke-Wulf    
German C30 C30-Focke-Wulf    
       
England Rotachute and

Rotachute Mk II, Mk II, Mk IV

 This is the craft that inspired Dr. Bensen.
England

AFEE

Rotabuggy / Rotajeep In one test was flown to 1700 feet by a bomber and successfully landed.
England

AFEE

  Bickers Valentine Tank Rotary Kite

(name unknown)

 
England C30A    
England PA-39    
Fairy Rotordyne Family Fairey Rotordyne Autogyro.jpg (16895 bytes)

Rotordyne Fantastic machine. Project cut by politics in England. Only one produced. A great

Also: Jet Gyrodyne ( never finished )

Russian Kamov Ka-22 "Vintokryl"
 
Russian Rotordyne
         
Japan   Kellett ?  
Australia   Fleep

Rotary Kite

 

Prototypes and Under Development

Manufacturer Model Seats Class Assembly  Price Comments
Carter Avation

https://www.cartercopters.com

 

Welcome to the Future Carter Copter 2

Side by Side

Production Not for Sale Not for Sale (yet) May break the 'impossible to break' MU-1 barrier.  
  Heavy - Lifters            
Groen Brothers Aviation

www.gbagyros.com

 

 C-130

Heavy - Lifters

           
  Hawk Prototype            
AERO-Sport

https://www.adiuvo.net/homepage.htm

 

Out of Production Gyroplanes

Manufacturer Model Seats Class Assembly  Price Comments
McCulloch Gyroplanes J-2

J-2 Sport

2

Side by Side

FAA Certified Production

The J2 Gyroplane Manual (pdf)

Fully Assembled $?K    
Air & Space 18A 2

Tandem

FAA Certified Production Fully Assembled $?K Jump-Takeoff
  Twinstarr 2

Tandem

Experimental Kit,

Sub Assembly

$?K Trainer with Lycoming Engine  
                 

Out of Production Gyroplane Kits / Designs

Manufacturer Model Seats Class Assembly  Price Comments
Marchetti 19.jpg (57211 bytes) Avenger 2

Side by Side

Experimental Kit $? Hollman, Sportster Copy
Glanville Sky Master 2

Side by Side

Experimental Kit $? Hollman, Sportster Copy
Tyler Shadow 2

Side by Side

Experimental Kit $? Hollman, Sportster Copy

 

Unknown Status

 

Manufacturer Model Seats Class Assembly  Price Comments
AeroCopter Europa

https://www.aerocopter-europa.com/main.html

 

  2

Side by Side

         
AeroCopter

https://www.aerocopter.com/vision.html

 

             
UFO UFO            
 

 

https://www.autogyro-europe.com/

 

           
  https://aircopter.chez.tiscali.fr/

 

           

 

Bensen Gyrocopters

Manufacturer Model Seats Class Assembly  Price Comments
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Bensen Aircraft Company   B-1         First full-scale gyroglider by Bensen. Destroyed in crash (no injury)  
    B-2         B-1 upgraded with metal components. (Became G-E Gyro-Glider)  
    G-E Gyro-Glider         Never commercially produced.  
    B-5         First Released Gyroglider plans  
 

B-6 Gyroglider in flight

 

B-6            
  B-7 Gyroglider in flight B-7            
  B-7M            
  B8M flying over water B-8M            
  Bensen B-8 Super Bug B-8sb Super Bug         Modification with two engines installed

to spin up the rotor prior to take-off.

 
  Bensen B-8HD B-8HD         This 1979 Gyro-Copter is based on the Super Bug design.

It uses hydraulic drive to feed about 4hp from the engine to the rotor, instead of having a separate engine for pre-rotation. This is reported to give the aircraft a take-off run of less than 61m.

 
  B-8 Floats            
  B-8MR Merlin            

 
Bensen B-8MH Hover-Gyro B-8MH "Hover-Gyro"

Converti-aplane

           
  Bensen "Little Zipster" B-9

zippster

Converti-plane

 

           
  B-6 boat            
                 
  Power Gyro            
  Mid Jet            
  B6-Jet            

 

Currently Available Bensen Gyrocopter Plans / Kits

WARNING: Please do not fly a Bensen style gyroplane without first consulting your Gyroplane Instructor and doing the known-required safety upgrades ( such as a horizontal stabilizer ).

Some 'vendors' are selling outdated plans (kits) that will lead you to construct an unsafe machine! Do your research!!

 

Manufacturer - "Plans Seller" Model Comments
Vortech

https://www.vortechonline.com/b1920/

 

C1BW-19 taking off B19 Purchasing Guidelines
BW-20 taking off B20 Purchasing Guidelines
Sparrow Ultralight Sparrow Purchasing Guidelines
RH1 Falcon--enclosed RH-1

Falcon

Purchasing Guidelines
Parsons   One of the first trainer gyroplanes. Still popular as a trainer.

Pre-Bensen Gyroplanes

 

Manufacturer Model Comments
Cierva Autogiro Company Lt.

 

Cierva  C-1

CAutogiro1

 

 

 

 

 

C1    
  C2

Cierva  C-2

C2    
  C3 C3    
  C4 C4    
  C5 C5    
  C6 C6    
  C6A C6A    
  C6BIS C6BIS    
  C6c C6c    
  C6d C6d    
  C7 C7    
  C8L - I C8L - I    
  C8L - IICierva C8-11 C8L - II    
  C8R C8R    
  C8V C8V    
  C8W C8W    
  C10 C10    
  C11 C11    
  C12 C12    
  C19 Mk II C19 Mk II    
  C19-Focke-Wulf    
  C19 Mk III C19 Mk III    
  C19 Mk IV C19 Mk IV    
  C19 Mk V C19 Mk V    
  C21 C21    
  C30 C30    
  C30a

C30A    
  C30 Mk II C30 Mk II    
  C30 Mk III C30 Mk III    
  C30 P C30 P    
  C30 P MkIII C30 P MkIII    
Pitcairn - Larsen Autogiro Company   PCA-1    
  PCA-1A    
  PCA-1B

BLACK MARIA

   
  PCA-2    
  AC-35 One of the sharpest designs I have ever seen. Considered 'roadable' as the blades would fold back and you could drive it around on the ground.  
  YG-2

NACA

   
         
                PA-18 $6,750 with flight instruction; POP: 51, of which 6 were converted to PA-39. The fatal crash of a Pitcairn autogyro in Oct 1935 ended one of aviation's longest safety records, when pilot Robert Swenson unwisely tried to stretch a glide over power lines after an engine failure  
    PA-19 CABIN AUTOGIRO  
  PA-22    
    PA-33    
    PA-35 (AC-35)  see AC-35  
  PA-36 WHIRLWING  
  PA-38    
  PA-39    
    PA-44    
    PAA-1    
  XOP-1    
    XOP-2    
Kellett Autogiro Company   K-1X Featured a unique, single-blade, wooden rotor that see-sawed on its rotor hub. The craft suffered from structural problems and unsound aerodynamic design, so several taxi runs were made with no flights, then the project was abandoned  
  KA-1A (K2) Direct-drive. Side-by-side seating; convertible coupe-type top. $7,885 open cockpit, $8,255 canopied cockpit; POP: 14 with some modified into K-3 and -4. Rotor design and tradename licensed by Autogiro Co of America (Pitcairn). (2-351) for prototype only restored to flying condition in 2001 by Al Letcher, Mojave CA  
    K-2A K-2A 1932 (ATC 2-431) = 210hp Continental R-670. POP: 4 conversions from -2.  
  K-3 Went with Adm Richard Byrd on his 1933 Antarctic Expedition, where it crashed and is still there  
    K-4    
  KD-1    
    KD-1A Cropmaster  
    KD-1B    
  KD-10 never built  
    KH-17    
  Kellett KH-17A KH-17A    
    XG-1B    
  XO - 60    
 

YO - 60    
    XR-2    
    XR-3    
  XR-8 Not a gyro but a helicopter. Here for reference  
  XR-8a Not a gyro but a helicopter. Here for reference  
  XR-10 Not a gyro but a helicopter. Here for reference  
  Kellett KH-15 XR-15 Not a gyro but a helicopter. Here for reference  
Other Cierva Licensed Autogiros        
       
    The Buhl Autogiro, built under license from the Autogiro Company of America, had a "pusher" propeller.  
  Russian Observation Gyro  
       

Non - Bensen Gyrogliders

 

 

Individual Designs

Manufacturer (Designer) Model Seats Class  Info
Ikenga

 

ag-g4-2.jpg (288016 bytes)ag-g4-3.jpg (329476 bytes) Cygnus 21      
    Cygnus 21P      
    Cygnus 21T      
    Cygnus 21TX      
    530z      
  Wind dancer      
TERVAMAKI

https://www.icon.fi/~jtki/gyroplan.html

 

JT-5

1 Experimental Original Designer of the Magni Gyroplane. Has designed more but has not published plans for all.

Worth checking out this guys site just for the research.

 

   
JT-1 Gyroglider        
ATE-3 Autogyro      

From the left Siitonen and Paavilainen , Arvo and Hannu Taupila from Finland and an ATE-3 gyro from Denmark.

MT-7 Autogyro (VPM S-2)         MT-7 (Magni-Tervamaki). Vittorio later redesignated the machine as VPM S-2

Lost in an accident in France. The control rods had been bent in road transport by a truck

Electric Gyro      
Ken Wallis

(Sir, Wing Commander)

         
         
         
         
           
           
           
           

UFGs  ( Unidentified Flying Gyroplanes )

These gyros are as yet unsorted, unconfirmed or unknown.

If you know anything about these gyros please let me know.

 

UFG Comments
  If you know what this gyro is please email details to: prachapter34@yahoo.com   
     
  Hafner AR 1A?  
     
     
  11384.jpg (41959 bytes)avian_gyroplane.jpg (29864 bytes)Avian_s.jpg (12584 bytes) Avian 2/180 "Gyroplane"
 
 
  200431221566_irkut_large30.jpg (64183 bytes)    
  Autogiro_blanco-AvionRevue-.jpg (40439 bytes)    
  ElmirPred1.jpg (52111 bytes)    
  jump441mid.jpg (57247 bytes) Russian?  
  russian 3-seat

hunter.

Mfg unknown.

 
     
     
     
     
     
     
  Pathfinder?  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  Sky Skootor

See www.Aerofiles.com for info

 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

Links to other lists of manufacturers

 

                                https://www3.sympatico.ca/j.ednie/gyrohtml/manuf.html

                                https://www.airsport.com/kgyro.htm

                                https://taggart.glg.msu.edu/gyro/gyrotour.htm

 

                                    Gyro-Helicopter Mixed ( rotorcraft )

                                https://avia.russian.ee/vertigo/full_list.html

 

                                Rotorcraft Historical Research

                                https://www.hofstra.edu/CampusL/Culture/Autogiro/index_Autogiro.cfm

                                https://www.vstol.org/

                       

                                    All Aircraft Types

                                https://www.aerofiles.com

                                https://www.nasm.si.edu/

                                https://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/

 

 

 

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