Little Wing Autogyro

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Little Wing Autogyro
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Role Autogyro
National origin United States
Manufacturer Little Wing Autogyros, Inc.
Designer Ron Herron
First flight 1995
Introduction 1995

The Little Wing Autogyro is a series of conventional one or two place autogryros with a tractor engine layout using modern engines.[1][2][3][4]

Development[edit]

Ron Herron was concerned about the problem of pushover fatalities in pusher gyrocopters. He set to develop a tractor layout gyrocopter that also met the FAA rules for ultralight aircraft. A Prototype LW-1 powered by a Continental O-200 engine was soon followed on by the LW-2. The design was influenced by Juan de la Cierva's autogyros. [5]

Operational history[edit]

Andy Keech has set 29 world records in LW-5 Autogyro.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Variants[edit]

  • LW-1 Original proof of concept prototype
  • LW-2 Single place autogyro designed to weigh less than 254 lbs to meet United States Ultralight regulations
  • LW-3 A 70 hp covered version
  • LW-4 A two place long frame version
  • LW-5 A two place short frame version

Specifications (LW-2)[edit]

Data from Company[13]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 18 ft (5.5 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 5 in (2.57 m)
  • Gross weight: 750 lb (340 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 8.5 U.S. gallons (32 L; 7.1 imp gal)
  • Main rotor diameter: 23 ft (7.0 m)
  • Main rotor area: 415 sq ft (38.6 m2)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 65 kn; 121 km/h (75 mph)
  • Disk loading: 1.8 lb/sq ft (8.8 kg/m2)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page F-5. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ Downey, Julia: 2005 Trikes 'Chutes and Rotorcraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 22, Number 2, February 2005, page 57. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 206. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster UK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  4. ^ Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 182. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  5. ^ "Little Wing Autogyros, Inc". Littlewingautogyro.com. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  6. ^ "Little Wing Wonder-World Records". Littlewingwonder.com. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  7. ^ "Class E (Rotorcraft) record claims ratified". Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. 26 February 2004. Retrieved 12 September 2014.  1 2 1+2
  8. ^ "FAI Record ID #13113 - Speed over a closed circuit of 500 km without payload" Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 12 September 2014.
  9. ^ "FAI Record ID #13115 - Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km without payload" Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 12 September 2014.
  10. ^ "FAI Record ID #13111 - Speed over a closed circuit without landing" Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 12 September 2014.
  11. ^ "FAI Record ID #9597 - Autogyro, altitude" Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 28 November 2013.
  12. ^ "FAI Record ID #14695 - Autogyro, distance without landing" Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 28 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Little Wing Autogyros, Inc". Littlewingautogyro.com. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 

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