AutoGyro looks back on a great fly-in weekend at the end of August 2023: Numerous AutoGyro gyroplane, pilots and partners from Germany and abroad as well as several hundred visitors from Hildesheim accepted the invitation to the fly-in and open house.
After an official reception by the AutoGyro management and the mayor of Hildesheim, Dr. Ingo Meyer, on the occasion of the 20th production anniversary, the guests were able to take a tour of the company, participate in workshops and try out flights with the AutoGyro team and experience the world of gyroplanes.
The HR team at a career stand informed about the numerous entry possibilities at AutoGyro. Also a child program as well as food and drinks has been provided. The visitors enjoyed the insights and the exchange in a relaxed atmosphere and stayed until the highlight: the joint sunset flight in best weather.
A celebration in the evening with customers, partners, friends & family as well as the pilot breakfast rounded off the event weekend.
AutoGyro proudly announces the successful launch of the fastest production gyroplane in the world: Calidus 916 iS. This new generation Calidus is flying with the “impossible” Rotax engine 916 iS (160 hp) at an “impossible” new Vne of 225 km/h / 140 mph / 120 KIAS.
The sharp aerodynamics mean that Calidus is a fast cruiser, and with new fuel tank capacity of 100ltr, has a huge 650 km range. A superb combination!
The new generation also includes new aircraft options:
A taller optional canopy, with an additional 150mm (6”) of headroom for pilots
Variable rate heater controls, heated seats and lumbar support
Screen demist incorporated
Latest generation pneumatic system
Latest generation rotorhead and pre-rotation
4-blade HTC or electric constant speed Woodcomp KW31 (electric) prop
Night VFR equipmenFull Garmin G3x panel, with Garmin, Trig or Funk radios and transponders
Leather seat cushions, customized to match the aircraft colours
The Calidus 916 iS has a maximum takeoff mass of 560 kg, an empty weight as low as 310 kg, and an engine TBO of 2000 hrs.
An impossible combination? At AutoGyro we love to make the impossible possible…
We are looking forward meeting you at our AUTOGYRO FLY-IN 2023 on August 26! Let’s celebrate our 20 year production anniversary…. and unite as many AutoGyro gyroplanes as possible. But of course any other aircraft types are welcome, too!
Schedule at AutoGyro GmbH, Dornierstr. 14 , 31137 Hildesheim, Germany
26-08 Fly-in Program
Music, BBQ & drinks
A camping area is available.
The event is also open to the public as an open day from 10 am to 4 pm. For day visitors no registration is necessary.
Only pilots and co-pilots arriving with an aircraft have to register through the following form. AutoGyro pays the airport fees for Fly-In attendees.
The acceptance procedure and handover of the AutoGyro Cavalon 915 to the representatives of the Czech Office of Surveying and Cartography was successfully completed in June 2023.
This is the result of a multi-year effort to use the AutoGyro gyroplane as a carrier for scanning and digitizing the relief of the earth’s surface. This aircraft met all the conditions of the tender and will carry a professional scanner from Riegel, in cooperation with the German company IGI, and it will be installed and subsequently used professionally by the Geodetic Survey. Our friend at company WEKU Fly from Germany has been using Cavalon gyroplanes and Riegel scanners for more than 5 years for work for the public and private sector in the field of digital surface mapping.
The owner of AGN Systems Pavel Březina together with the Director of the Geodetic Office Mr. Karel Brázdil conducted two days of tests and perfectly checked all flight and ground modes of the gyroplane equipped with the scanner carrier. The Cavalon perfectly met all the specified requirements and after the crews are trained, it will be included and used as a full member of the fleet of scanning aircraft and drones in the Czech Republic.
The handover event is the culmination of this teamwork and confirms the fact that AutoGyro is the only manufacturer in the gyroplane sector that meets all major national regulations, whilst also meeting the highest global safety requirements. This successful delivery not only highlights AutoGyro’s innovative qualities, it also marks the huge step AutoGyro has taken in the design, configuration and delivery of gyroplane aircraft for commercial and government use.
We are looking for our new exclusive Swiss sales partner, for affiliated Swiss flight schools, and Swiss maintenance partners to open this new market with us.
All of our class-leading Cavalon, Calidus and MTOsport 2017 models have been shown to meet the strict Swiss noise regulation requirements with the latest Rotax 915iS engines, so we have a gyroplane model to inspire everyone. In cooperation with ROTAX we found a way to tame the 915iS engine enough to meet the Swiss performance requirements.
Our Cavalon and the MTOsport 2017 are approved with a throttled ROTAX 915 iS motor and Woodcomp propeller, with a huge maximum takeoff mass of 560 kg. Our Calidus is approved with a ROTAX 914 UL motor and Woodcomp propeller, and maximum takeoff mass of 500 kg. A big thank goes out to our AutoGyro development, certification and flight team who prepared the tests and carried them out together with RS Flight Systems.
With 20 years of production experience and more than 3000 gyroplanes in service, the market leader AutoGyro is proud to enter the Swiss market for the first time. Benefit from the operating with aircraft built by the world’s leading gyroplane manufacturer, made-in-Germany quality and excellent service support. The application process for Swiss sales, service and maintenance partners is now open. We are looking forward receiving your inquiries and applications.
We want to offer our congratulations to the AutoGyro USA team, their patient owners, and the AutoGyro Certification Team for their success in appealing the imposition of helicopter fuel system safety requirements in gyroplanes.
We are all grateful for the careful consideration and understanding of the different operational characteristics given within the FAA, leveraging the new AIR Issue Resolution and Appeal Process. All aircraft that were temporarily grounded have been released into service without any modifications required. The entire AutoGyro team is thrilled to be back in full production. As the only provider of factory built, Primary Category type-certificated gyroplanes in the entire United States. We would like to thank everyone in the AutoGyro community for their support as we navigated this lengthy challenge. We are grateful to the FAA for their communication and consideration throughout the appeal process. And are excited to focus on what we do best, designing and building safe beautiful gyroplanes. Enjoy the Difference!
Our happy customers Eddy and Vicki Swamy were the first ones to take their new Cavalon delivery at the AutoGyro USA office in Maryland. And enjoyed their amazing journey across the US.
Hildesheim, January 31, 2023 – AutoGyro GmbH, the world-leading gyroplane manufacturer from Germany, hands over three Cavalon Sentinel gyrocopter aircraft fully equipped with a unique package of police systems and cameras to the Gendarmerie of the Republic of Türkiye (Turkish Jandarma).
Once deployed, the AutoGyro aircraft will support traffic monitoring and aerial surveillance in rural and urban areas for the General Directorate of Security in Türkiye as well as wildfires survey and control.
At the handover ceremony on January 31st at Hildesheim Airfield in Germany, Gerald Speich, Chairman of the AutoGyro Board, stated: “The Turkish, German and Ukrainian teams have been working on this government procurement project for two and half years, and have been building these unique gyroplanes for over three months. Today’s event is a culmination of this immense international teamwork, and involved every person in the AutoGyro Team. We are the only manufacturer in the gyroplane sector complying with all major national regulations. And our aircraft comply with the highest worldwide safety requirements. AutoGyro is immensely proud that our aircraft will be supporting the Turkish Jandarma for many years to come. Providing an effective, low cost solution to their policing needs.”
After two days of acceptance trials at AutoGyro Headquarters in Hildesheim, Germany. The Jandarma Acceptance Team, together with Sky Olympos (AutoGyro’s official distributor in Türkiye). Formally received the three aircraft from AutoGyro during the January 31st ceremony. With representatives from the Industrial and Commercial Chamber of Lower Saxony, Civil Aviation Authority Lower Saxony and Niedersachsen Aviation attending. The three Cavalon Sentinel were prepared for dispatch and commencement of aerial operations afterwards. “This successful delivery not only highlights the innovative excellence of AutoGyro. It also marks the huge step that AutoGyro has made in the design, configuration and supply of gyroplanes for commercial and government use,” Gerald Speich continues.
The Cavalon Sentinel is AutoGyro’s premium side-by-side seat model, powered by the ultra-reliable and low fuel burn Rotax 915iS engine.
The gyrocopter aircraft has an operational range of four hours, or approximately 600 kilometers.
It carries special customer-defined equipment including a high-res day-, night- and infrared camera system with real-time data link. This system provides a best-in-class solution in day and night conditions.
By officially adding AutoGyro gyroplanes to the Jandarma’s aircraft fleet. The aircraft and parts become available to other NATO member countries through NATO’s procurement system.
A gyroplane is not a helicopter or a traditional winged aircraft, providing a vehicle platform complimentary to both. They are inherently safe aircraft, with a very broad speed range. They can be flown very slowly. Even to zero kilometers per hour. Making them an excellent observation platform perfect for border or highway patrols or wildfire spotting. Gyroplanes have a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to helicopters. And generally offer a cost-efficient and environment-friendly alternative for commercial aerial tasks.
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Between April 2020 to February 2022 AutoGyro and Southwest CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) carried out an almost two-year documentation audit to enable the release of the Cavalon Type Certificate. This long journey started in 2015 when the documents were originally compiled. With the joint efforts of both teams and support from the Airworthiness Certification Department of CAAC, AutoGyro gratefully received the Cavalon Type Certification in China in October 2022. Cavalon Night VFR and three-axis Autopilot operations were approved at the same time.
Cavalon is the first aircraft equipped with Rotax 915iS engine to receive airworthiness approval in China. The Type Certification of Cavalon marks the official entry of this model into the Chinese market, at the same time a significant milestone for the AutoGyro company.
AutoGyro is very proud that all AutoGyro models, MTOsport 2010, MTOsport 2017, Calidus, and Cavalon, have received airworthiness approval certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). AutoGyro is the only brand in the Chinese gyroplane market that has received airworthiness approvals from CAAC (China), FAA (the USA), CAA (the UK), and DULV (Germany).
AutoGyro’s partner meeting and Fly-In took place from 24-27 August 2022, strengthening the global network for partners and customers alike
During the meeting. AutoGyro’s partners were informed of the latest company and new product developments. And given the opportunity to pass their key perspectives and ideas back to the development team.
The Fly-In event provided a bonding event for AutoGyro’s large global customer base to connect with each other. And with the AutoGyro Team. It further ignites passion in customers by passing on practical skills in aircraft operation and maintenance
This is the first reunion for partners and customers after global travelling has been reopened.
AutoGyro’s partner meeting is an annual conference. At the conference, AutoGyro’s international distributors are able to get detailed company and product updates. As well as to exchange experiences and ideas with each other. This year, partners from the USA, the UK, Costa Rica, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Sweden, and France gathered at the company headquarters. The discussion covered various topics from company development, technical support, and product innovation to sales and marketing approaches.
Key topics were stated and discussed:
AutoGyro is committed to developing customer-centric gyroplane models. And features to meet diverse requirements, both in the recreational and commercial markets
Maintenance training will be continued for the international partners, with updated information and knowledge tailored for the latest AutoGyro models
AutoGyro targets a highly engaged international AutoGyro community. To provide aircraft that inspire, excite and drive the passion of flight, whatever the application
The Fly-In event attracted AutoGyro’s worldwide customers to AutoGyro’s Hildesheim production base. Trial flights enabled our guests to experience the most advanced gyroplane technology. For example, the integration of a fully certified Autopilot on Cavalon. Furthermore, they obtained practical skills in the operation and maintenance of gyroplanes via various workshops. On top of these programs. AutoGyro opened the entire production line for visitors. Letting them witness the sophistication of gyroplane manufacture and the real spirit of craftsmanship at AutoGyro. All AutoGyro employees were invited to the Fly-In event to celebrate this festive moment with partners and customers together.
On the evening of the Fly-In day. AutoGyro’s partners, customers and employees came together and enjoyed food, drink and live music. As the Co-CEOs Gerry Speich and Aleksandra Witkowska addressed in the welcome speech: “We are immensely grateful and proud of our partners and loyal customers. Tonight, let’s celebrate together! ”