1923 - Autogiro rotor
blades developed by Juan de la Cierva, in Spain
1923 - First Autogiro flight at
Getafe Airfield, Spain by Cierva
1925 - Cierva Autogyro flown
in test flights near Farnborough, England
1927 - Cierva rotor hub
redesigned to include a "drag hinge", Spain
1928 - Juan de la Cierva
fly's his Autogyro across the English channel to
1929 - American, Harold
Pitcairn, purchases U.S. rights to Cierva's Autogyro
and begins building Autogyros in U.S.
1931 - 51 Autogyros built by
Harold Pitcairn's factory, U.S.
1931 - Amelia Earhart
claimes world altitude record in an Autogyro of over
1934 - Cierva Autogyro
developed with "jump" takeoff device
1943 - Bernard Haseloh
builds his first helicopter. (gyrocopter in 1954).
1955 - Bensen Gyrocopter
makes first flight. Igor Bensen flys own powered
design in U.S.
1959 - Design of Avian 2/180
Gyroplane by Peter R. Payne, Avian Aircraft,
Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
- Raymond Umbaugh builds and test flys U-17 gyroplane
1962 - Igor Bensen starts
the PRA, in U.S.
1967 - Bensen "Spirit of Kittyhawk"
gyrocopter sets out to break more than 10 world
records, in U.S.
1968 - Avian 2/180 Gyroplane
issued H-76 Certificate of Airworthiness, Transport
1969 - Avian 2/180 Gyroplane
issued H5EA Certificate of Airworthiness, FAA, U.S.A.
1973 - J5, by Jukka
Tervamaki, single seat, fully enclosed gyroplane,
makes first flight. Finland
1974 - J5 gyroplane design
sold to Vittoro Magni, becomes MT-5, Italy
1987 - RAFM introduces
RAF1000, single seat, enclosed cabin, gyroplane,
- B. Haseloh key advisor on design of two seat RAF2000
for RAFM, Canada
1988 - Bensen Gyrocopter
company closes, discontinues production of open frame
1993 - UFO Helithruster
(prototype gyroplane) makes it first flight, New
1998 - Avian 2/180 Gyroplane
issued Type Certificate H-76. 2/180 renamed Pegasus MK
lll, California U.S.A.
- Death of Dan Haseloh, President of RAFM, Canada
2000 - Death of Igor Bensen
in February, at age of 82, U.S.A.
- Death of Don Farrington in April, U.S.A.
2007 - RAFM (sold
?) to Mocke Family, Canadian manufacturing moved
to South Africa