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DTA 'Lands' in Canada       October 2012
The French Manufacturer of
the J-RO gyroplane has made a 'landing' in Canada.
DTA Canada is represented by it's exclusive distributor of the J-RO, two seat, by Mr. Denis Ancil, owner of ULP Aviation, Québec.

The JR-O as an exceptional panoramic visibility, the main panel including EMS/EFIS and
  night VFR approved by Transport Canada.

Cruising flight of the J-RO is 160 kmh with Rotax 912 or 914 Turbo. Max take-off weight is 510 kilos and rotor is an Averso, 8.50 m.

DTA is a well known "Trike" manufacturer in France.
  DTA J-RO gyroplane

Canadian Gyroplane Training

      January 2012
The absence of gyroplane training in Eastern Canada has passed. There are two locations to earn your gyroplane flying license now.

In Québec, you can take training with ULP Aviation Inc., located at the St. Lambert de Lauzon Airfield (CST7). CFI: Nicolas Horn.
And in Saint-Apollinaire the CFI is David Sigier of AirPro Gyro.

In Ontario, you can sign up with Gyro Ontario, located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (CYKF). (Opening in Fall of 2012)

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  Gyro Ontario uses the Magni gyroplane, the M16 Trainer. The instructor (CFI), Neil Laubach, was puzzled at the lack of instruction in Ontario, so he did something about it. Gyro Ontario is his "baby".
The first gyroplane licence issued in Canada was in Petrolia, Ontario for R. Sager. He had to instruct himself and have a Transport Canada representative watch him fly.


Magni Gyroplane Magni-Gyro


Electric Powered Gyro?


Canadian Gyroplane Cargo Carrier Unmanned Aircraft

      June 2009
The self launch, gyroplane type aircraft has vertical take off and near vertical landing capability. CQ-10 Bravo is manufactured by MMist Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was designed to be operated from an unprepared launch / landing site with flexibility in regard to operating location and terrain. The user selects and installs the self launch kit, programs the selected launch mode during mission planning and loads her with up to 500 lb. (227 Kg) of cargo.

It has an exceptionally high cross wind tolerance during launch.
  MMIST is a full solution provider of Precision Aerial Delivery products and services. This is not their first product of this type for delivering cargo "in the field". The Bravo unit is a cross over aircraft using systems from both the rear propulsion design of a gyroplane to the fixed landing gear of a helicopter.

The overhead rotors are powered for vertical take off, but it is not known if they remain powered or go into autorotation once in flight.
  Canadian Drone Autogyro CQ-10 Bravo, Ottawa, Ontario

Gyroplane Commuter a Real "PAL" in Holland

      April 2009
A few people in Holland are actively testing gyroplane commuting to relieve road congestion. The first press conference, with a prototype, took place this month. Information circulating in many areas, indicates a serious effort using the Pal-V hybrid* design, in government sponsored road tests.

Regalpony research on the subject has learned: The Dutch Minister of Transport, Minister Eurlings, is responsible for roads, rail, aviation and also the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
  The Pal-V has been in the news before. The design rocketed to the top of aviation news, a few years back, with it's innovative use of autorotation (from the gyroplane) and it's combining the motorcycle drive train with the automotive body styling. There have been many other concepts before of this type. This is the first one to make it onto the desk of someone who can push the idea through the many channels of "red tape" and bureaucracy. The Dutch Minister of Transportation appears positive to the driveable Pal-V concept.   roadable Pal-V image


The PALV company has an impressive employee roster, with many experienced people on board.

Gyroplane Takes The Plunge - ASRA Operations Manager Safe

      April 2009
The Operations Manager at Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association took a death defying plunge in Tasmania. He was strapped into a Monarch gyroplane at the time.

Mr. A. Wardill experienced loss of control in his gyroplane during a flight. The aircraft turned upside down before it entered the water of the Tamar River, in what must have been a terrific splash.

Mr. Wardill was rescued by a passing boat after the mishap.
  According to statements made by Mr. Wardill, it is suspected the problem was associated with the control linkage for the rotor blades. The Monarch gyroplane is known for having a good safety record. So it is with some surprise at learning of a possible hardware failure on this aircraft. At the time of writing, the gyroplane was still at the bottom of the river. It is not known if attempts will be made to raise the wreck.
It is not known if a bird strike at the mast head could cause sufficient damage to make the control input to the rotor blades inoperative.
  There is speculation that the linkage from the joystick to the swash plate became separated. This could occour at two mounting places on the swash plate control bar, where the two vertical control rods connect. It could also occour at the lower control bar linked to the horizontal end of the joystick. All of these areas are bolted together.
On most gyroplanes, screw on fasteners are backed up with cotter pins to prevent vibration from loosening bolts.

Gyroplane Pusher Type Leading Tractor Sales

      March 2009
Gyroplane designs and models produced using the popular pusher propeller configuration, continue to dominate the gyroplane marketplace.

Although the original gyroplane (Cierva autogiro) used a tractor configuration (or propeller upfront), the use of pusher propeller designs have continued to dominate since the introduction of the Gyro Copter by Mr. Bensen in 1955.

  Tractor designs are known for their stability in flight. Tractor gyroplanes do not exhibit the tendency for pilot induced oscillation which happens in pusher gyroplanes when flown by novices. The stability of propeller forward gyroplanes has been documented in several tests. One such test, conducted by: D. DeWinter, showed the tractor gyroplane to be the easiest to fly over pusher types and small fixed wing aircraft. (Full article ->)
  Currently there are three manufacturers of tractor type gyroplanes:

Pitbull (Washington, USA) ->
Little Wing (Arkansas, USA) ->
Rotor-plane (Colorado, USA) ->

Currently there are no known tractor style gyroplanes in Canada.



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