Finally, A Serious Gyro... "Done Right"
Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc., has announced that
its wholly owned subsidiary, American Autogyro Incorporated (AAI),
will debut the prototype of its new gyroplane product line
(prototype pix shown below) at the annual conventions of both the
Popular Rotorcraft Association at Mentone, Indiana, and the
Experimental Aircraft Association at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The
Mentone show is the world's largest gathering of homebuilt
rotorcraft and runs from July 23 - 27. The Oshkosh show is the
world's largest gathering of homebuilt aircraft and takes place
July 29 - August 4. Homebuilt aircraft, also commonly referred to
as kit-built aircraft, are extremely popular and each year make up
the vast majority of new aircraft sales worldwide.
"This will be the first public showing of this amazing aircraft.
Even though we have not yet begun our advertising campaign, we
already have fully paid orders on nearly 20 SparrowHawk Gyroplanes
which we expect will begin being delivered this year, and we have
been delivering stabilization upgrade kits of our design, since the
beginning of April of this year," says James P. Mayfield, AAI
president and originator of the AAI product line.
Mayfield goes on to say, "Because we began as a mainstream
aircraft manufacturer, we were able to apply to our products, all
of the modern high-tech design, engineering, testing, loads
measuring, in flight data recording, and analysis that is normally
only available in the development of FAA certified aircraft."
The AAI team's unparalleled knowledge of the principles of safe
autorotative flight was gained at Groen Brothers Aviation while
developing the Rolls-Royce turbine powered Hawk 4 Gyroplane.
James Mayfield also said, "The existing market for a safe,
stable, easy-to-fly two seat gyroplane is already large. We
believe, however, that our experience, expertise, and engineering
excellence, and the confidence it will bring to those who have
always wanted to fly rotorwing aircraft, will dramatically expand
this market. It will also allow us to enter the Public Use airborne
law enforcement sector and the traditional market for fixed wing
"Public Use Law 103-411, which enables any
government agency to operate the SparrowHawk as an aerial patrol
vehicle, creates a marvelous opportunity for small to medium size
agencies to have an aerial support capability. The SparrowHawk in
an airborne surveillance role, can be employed for slightly more
than the cost of a police cruiser automobile. We expect our entry
into this market to be very successful.
"We anticipate additional sales into the fixed wing market as
pilots have an opportunity to fly our aircraft and experience the
fun and affordability of autorotative flight. Most pilots, it
seems, have had a long fascination with rotorcraft and their
capabilities. We have a product that meets the engineering, safety
and stability standards that this sophisticated market