The Rotorvox C2A gyroplane made its way to Sun ‘n Fun 2018 and is on display at Paradise City, the historic ultralight strip to the east of the main entrance of the show.
Unlike most gyroplanes, the Rotorvox is designed not to be Spartan but to be sleek and modern. It’s more Tesla than dirt bike, and U.S. distributor Cobus Burger says there’s some pushback on the price of the craft–$165,000 for the kit, including a builder’s assistance program—but that has been from other gyroplane makers and not from customers.
What customers are asking for, he says, isn’t a less expensive model but one that they don’t have to build. Unfortunately, as Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) president Dan Johnson reported in his press conference on Tuesday, the LSA regulations don’t allow for gyroplanes to be approved under the category. When I asked Johnson why not, he pretty much just shrugged his shoulders. LAMA is, however, working with what he says is a receptive FAA on the subject, trying to make that allowance.
The C2A features all carbon fiber construction, an ingenious hydraulic prerotator system that gets the blades spinning for takeoff, and a Rotax 914 engine. And that’s right: a turbocharged 115-hp carbon fiber gyroplane. And it’s fully trailerable and, yes, we’re going to fly it as soon as we get the chance.
The Gyrocopter from Rotorvox
We bring together more than five years of development and flight testing with our gyrocopter. Created from scratch with innovative methods of development and manufacturing of the automotive motor sport, it not only sets standards in aerodynamics, materials and comfort.
Professional press and prospective buyers already got enthusiastic about our pre-series model because of its excellent design, the exquisite implementation and the outstanding flight characteristics. This reinforces and motivates us to aim for the very best further on. At the heart of this, we focus on higher comfort, e. g. with a control stick particularly low in vibrations. For that, we give our product the final touch to create an unparalleled flight experience for you.
What is a Gyrocopter?
A Gyrocopter – also known as an autogyro – is an aircraft that optically resembles a helicopter. Contrary to a helicopter, a gyrocopter also features a propeller that provides forward thrust. And unlike a helicopter, the gyrocopter‘s rotor is not engine-powered during flight, but merely passively powered by airstream that results from the forward propulsion. This is the so-called autorotation. Because of their lightweight and compact construction, gyrocopters are classified as Ultralight Aircrafts, which leads to considerable cost advantages of flight operations and also with regard to obtaining a flight license.
What makes Rotorvox gyrocopters unique?
With our gyrocopters we want to combine the simplicity of flying with a first-class product. Even at first sight, our gyrocopter shows with its size and design not to be standard – as well as our clients. Therefore, our concept consists of different compon