ELA 07

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ELA 07
ELA cougar.jpg
Role Autogyro
National origin Spain
Manufacturer ELA Aviación
Status In production (2012)
Unit cost
39,710[1] ($41,806 USD[citation needed]) (Cougar model, assembled, 2011)

The ELA 07 is a series of Spanish autogyros, designed and produced by ELA Aviación of Córdoba, Andalusia. The aircraft are supplied complete and ready to fly.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The ELA 07 series features a single main rotor, a two-seats-in-tandem open cockpit with a windshield, tricycle landing gear with wheel pants and a four-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke, dual-ignition 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912S engine in pusher configuration. The turbocharged 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914 powerplant is optional.[1][2]

The aircraft fuselage is made from TIG welded, CNC laser-cut stainless steel tubing for corrosion resistance. The cockpit fairing is non-structural carbon fibre and resin. Its 8.23 m (27.0 ft) diameter rotor has a chord of 22 cm (8.7 in) and is mounted to a rotor head made from a combination of stainless steel and 7075 T6 aluminium. The triple tail is also made from carbon fibre and resin. Equipment fitted includes a pre-rotator, pneumatic pitch trim and mechanical roll trim. The Cougar version has an empty weight of 250 kg (550 lb) and a gross weight of 450 kg (990 lb), giving a useful load of 200 kg (440 lb). A forward baggage compartment with a volume of 60 litres (13 imp gal; 16 US gal) is optional.[1][2][3]

Operational history[edit]

By January 2013 two examples had been registered in the United Kingdom with the Civil Aviation Authority.[4]


ELA 07 Agro
Agricultural aircraft version with the rear seat replaced by a 130 litres (29 imp gal; 34 US gal) tank that can be used to apply liquids or solids in ultra-low volumes. The aircraft fits an 8 m (26.2 ft) spray boom and an enlarged windshield. The Agro can be quickly returned to two-seat configuration by removal of the spraying equipment.[1][2]
ELA 07 Cougar
Version for recreational touring use, with a single windshield for the front cockpit.[1][2]
Version for flight training use, with two windshields, one for each cockpit, plus dual controls.[1][2]

Specifications (ELA 07 Cougar)[edit]

Data from Bayerl and ELA[1][3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Empty weight: 250 kg (551 lb)
  • Gross weight: 450 kg (992 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 75 litres (16 imp gal; 20 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 75 kW (101 hp)
  • Main rotor diameter: 8.23 m (27 ft 0 in)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed composite


  • Maximum speed: 185 km/h (115 mph, 100 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 140 km/h (87 mph, 76 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 175 km/h (109 mph, 94 kn)
  • Range: 400 km (250 mi, 220 nmi)
  • Rate of climb: 5 m/s (980 ft/min)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 179-180. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c d e f Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 192. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ a b ELA Aviación (2013). "Technical Data". Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  4. ^ Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom) (2 January 2013). "GINFO Search Results Summary". Retrieved 2 January 2013.

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