Two-Place Gyroplane in a Box Coming Soon
Groen Brothers Aviation has formed
American Autogyro Incorporated (AAI), a new and wholly owned
subsidiary, established to produce gyroplanes for the kit-built and
upcoming new FAA "Light Sport Aircraft" category markets. AAI's new
two-place "Sparrow Hawk" gyroplane is also being marketed as an
excellent entry-level air surveillance vehicle for many law
In addition to GBA's turbine-powered Homeland Defender™
Hawk 4 Gyroplane (recently flown by ANN's Jim Campbell, who notes
that Groen "has really done their homework"), Groen Brothers'
existing network of 12 North American dealers, and 3 international
dealers, are now permitted to offer the new AAI gyroplanes as
American Autogyro has already begun
accepting fully paid orders for its Stability Augmentation Kit
(pictured here). This kit, highlighted in ANN last
Fall, was designed to dramatically improve
in-flight stability and safety for the RAF 2000, the most popular
competing kit gyroplane in that market. AAI is developing
additional safety and performance enhancements for this and other
kit gyroplanes and has also begun receiving paid orders for these
components. AAI and GBA are committed to ensuring that the
gyroplane remains the safest form of flight.
Jim Mayfield, AAI's new President, said, "The sport and
kit-built aviation markets have never before been offered a
gyroplane produced by a professional aerospace manufacturing firm.
Because of the aerospace quality standards that we have been
operating under for so long in the development of the Hawk 4
Gyroplane, AAI's aircraft will be designed, engineered and tested
to standards that are typical only of production aircraft.
"AAI has at its disposal a highly skilled team of structural
engineers, designers, stress analysts, aerodynamic and rotordynamic
engineers, manufacturing engineers, tooling engineers, and a
metallurgist. Our team also consists of aircraft technicians,
machinists, tool setters, pilots, flight instructors, an examiner,
and of course, the people necessary to maintain our corporate
"In addition, we have available all
of the necessary flight stability and loads data measuring and
collection equipment along with sophisticated 3D modeling and
finite element analysis capabilities, so that our gyroplanes can be
safe, dynamically stable, easy to build and fun to fly."
AAI will produce, market and sell gyroplane kits and their
ancillary options and supporting parts. AAI will also operate
builder assist centers and flight training centers, as well as
produce a large variety of safety upgrade kits and components for
existing gyroplane designs.
First deliveries of the Stability Augmentation Kits are expected
to begin by the end of February. First deliveries of AAI's complete
gyroplane kits are expected to begin before the end of summer
David Groen, President & CEO of GBA, said, "It is clear that
GBA, through its wholly owned subsidiary American Autogyro
Incorporated, in relatively short order can effectively and
profitably enter the small gyroplane market. Because of the
reputation of Groen Brothers Aviation and its in-house expertise,
American Autogyro can play a dominant role in the existing
gyroplane market and can dramatically expand that market.
"AAI's design also opens new and
potentially much larger markets for fully assembled two place
gyroplanes to both U.S. and international government agencies for
whom it can offer unequaled low-cost aerial observation
capabilities. The FAA's upcoming Sport Aircraft category, which is
expected to be a huge market, can also be effectively serviced with
a production version of this new AAI design."