AutoGyro MT-03

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MT-03
Autogyro MT-03 (D-MTBI) 06.jpg
AutoGyro MT-03
Role Autogyro
National origin Germany
Manufacturer AutoGyro GmbH
Status In production (MTOsport, 2012)
Unit cost
45,553 (MT-03 model, assembled, 2011)
Variants RotorSport UK MT-03

The AutoGyro MT-03 is a German autogyro, designed and produced by AutoGyro GmbH of Hildesheim. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1]

The MT-03 was approved in the United Kingdom in 2007 in a modified form as the RotorSport UK MT-03.[2]

Design and development[edit]

AutoGyro MT-03 without fairing fitted

The MT-03 features a single main rotor, a two-seats in tandem open cockpit with an optional partial cockpit fairing, tricycle landing gear with wheel pants and a four cylinder, air and liquid-cooled, four-stroke, dual-ignition 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912 engine or turbocharged 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914 engine in pusher configuration.[1]

The aircraft fairing is made from composites. Its 8.4 m (27.6 ft) diameter rotor has a chord of 20 cm (7.9 in). The aircraft has an empty weight of 245 kg (540 lb) and a gross weight of 450 kg (990 lb), giving a useful load of 205 kg (452 lb).[1]

The MT-03 was developed into the MTOsport and the fully enclosed AutoGyro Calidus.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The MT-03 was flown on a world record-setting distance flight in Australia of 1,263 km (785 mi).[1]

Variants[edit]

AutoGyro MTOsport
AutoGyro MT-03
Base model for the European and North American market. No longer in production.[1]
RotorSport UK MT-03
Modified model for the United Kingdom market, imported assembled and modified by RotorSport UK.[2]
AutoGyro MTOsport
Improved model for the European and North American market. This model offers a choice of three different rotor systems, two different propellers, two engine choices (Rotax 912S or 914) and floats.[1]

Operators[edit]

Military[edit]

 Ethiopia

Specifications (MT-03)[edit]

AutoGyro MT-03 instrument panel

Data from Bayerl[1] and Duda[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Airfoil: NACA 8-H-12
  • Empty weight: 245 kg (540 lb)
  • Gross weight: 450 kg (992 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 34 litres (7.5 imp gal; 9.0 US gal) or optionally 68 litres (15 imp gal; 18 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 75 kW (101 hp)
  • Main rotor diameter: 8.4 m (27 ft 7 in)
  • Main rotor area: 55.4 m2 (596 sq ft)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed variable pitch composite

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 185 km/h (115 mph; 100 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 160 km/h (99 mph; 86 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 5 m/s (980 ft/min)
  • Lift-to-drag: 4
  • Disk loading: 8.1 kg/m2 (1.7 lb/sq ft)
    Minimum speed: 20 knots

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 176-177. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b "Type: RotorSport UK MT-03" (PDF). United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ethiopian Air Force Invests in Gyrocopters". Air Forces Monthly (Stamford, Lincolnshire: Key Publishing) 263. February 2010. 
  4. ^ Holger Duda & Insa Pruter. "Flight Performance Of Lightweight Gyroplanes" page 8. German Aerospace Center, 2012. Accessed: 17 December 2013.

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