SportCopter’s Jim Vanek Introduces the Next Step in Two-Place Design
Renown for its leadership in the gyroplane market, Sport Copter, Inc. debuted the latest in two-place design two years ago with the first flight of its SportCopter II. Since then, the company has continued to push for superior handling performance, including a brand-new tail design that provides better pitch and yaw stability than the previous cruciform tail.
One thing that has not changed is the SportCopter’s celebrated cabin class comfort; featuring a 49” interior width, the cabin size provides easier cockpit management and substantial cargo room for increased storage capacity. The compact instrument panel allows for customized instrumentation, including EFIS glass cockpit systems. Both the cabin and engine remain enclosed within the SportCopter II’s glass pod, offering complete protection of vital components, added propeller efficiency, and all weather capability.
The SportCopter II will feature the previously unavailable Lycoming I0-360, 220 hp air-cooled engine, as well as a new suspension system; due to the aircraft’s increased gross weight and need for rough-field capability, the system’s design provides maximum vertical undercarriage travel for absorbing extreme landings while still supporting slow, drop-in landings. Additionally, the SportCopter II features an all-new triple vertical stabilizer/rudder system that provides stability in slow flight maneuvering and high-speed cruise for superior handling without increased pilot workload. Currently, the SportCopter II kit is estimated at $59,995.00, with engine and prop packages sold separately based on customer preference.
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