Augusto Cicaré

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Augusto Ulderico Cicaré
Born (1937-05-25) May 25, 1937 (age 82)
ResidenceSaladillo, Buenos Aires
Known forCH-7 Helicopter
AwardsJuan Manuel Fangio Prize
Scientific career
FieldsEngineering, aviation design
Cicaré SVH-4
Augusto Cicaré and his F2 competition engine
Augusto Cicaré and his F2 competition engine

Augusto Ulderico Cicaré (born May 25, 1937 in Polvaredas, Argentina) is an Argentinian inventor, engineer and aviation designer.

At the age of 11, still in 5th grade, he built his first four stroke engine that he used to drive a washing machine. In this same period he converted the engine of a car to use propane gas instead of petrol.[1] By age 15 he was constructing motorcycle engines.[2]

In 1958, despite having never seen an actual helicopter before, and knowing little of helicopter design,[3] Cicaré's first successful helicopter design, the CH-1, flew for the first time, with its designer as the test pilot,[2] teaching himself how to fly in the process.[3] The CH-1 was the first helicopter to have been designed and built in South America. By 1972, Cicaré was developing his third helicopter.[4]

In the late 1960s, Cicaré designed a V-4 engine for use in DKW automobiles, the engine being extensively tested by driver Juan Manuel Fangio.[2] A version of the engine for use in motorsports competition was also developed, but the closure of DKW resulted in the termination of the project.[2]

Cicaré continues to be active in aviation design, his recent work including the Cicaré CH-10 and CH-11 ultralight helicopters, and the development of the Cicaré SVH-3 flight simulator, which was declared Argentina's national invention of the year in 1998.[2]


A 1987 design for a fuel injection pump for Diesel engines resulted in Cicaré being awarded the Juan Manuel Fangio Prize, the highest award for Argentine inventors.[2]

In 1970, Cicaré was declared to be one of the ten most outstanding young men of Argentina, and in 1996 he was named as a Friend of the Argentine Air Force.[2] Cicaré also received an honorary Air and Space Engineer degree in 1997 from the Professional Council of Air and Space Engineering.[2]

In 1999, a roundabout in Saladillo, Argentina was named in Cicaré's honour.[2]

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  1. ^ Merola, Daniel (2015-06-08). "El mago de los helicópteros inventa y fabrica en Saladillo". ABC Saladillo. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Augusto Cicaré Archived October 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Cicaré Helicopters. Accessed 2010-10-28.
  3. ^ a b Rotary Revolution, 22 Oct 2000. Accessed 2010-10-28.
  4. ^ Jane's 1971–1972, p. 3
  • Taylor, John W.R. (ed.) Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1971–1972. London: Sampson Low Marston & Co, 1972. ISBN 978-0-354-00094-9.