Ekin Airbuggy

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Role Light autogyro
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer W. H. Ekin (Engineering) Company
First flight 1 February 1973
Introduction 1975
Developed from McCandless M-4 Gyroplane

The Ekin Airbuggy is a British single-seat autogyro designed and built by the W. H. Ekin (Engineering) Company in Northern Ireland.


The company was formed in 1969 to manufacturer six McCandless M-4 Gyroplanes under licence. The company improved the design to produce the Airbuggy which was first flown on 1 February 1973. It was a conventional single-seat autogyro with a rear-mounted 75 hp (56 kW) Volkswagen flat-four motor car engine. It had a fixed tricycle landing gear with an open cockpit in a nacelle forward of the rotor pylon. The first Airbuggy was delivered in December 1975.[1]


Data from [2]Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
  • Main rotor diameter: 21 ft 9 in (6.63 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
  • Main rotor area: 371.5 ft2 (34.51 m2)
  • Empty weight: 355 lb (161 kg)
  • Gross weight: 650 lb (295 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Volkswagen flat four motor car engine, 75 hp (56 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 80 mph (128 km/h)
  • Range: 140 miles (225 km)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists



  1. ^ "English sale of new gyroplane". Flight International. 11 December 1975. p. 852. 
  2. ^ Orbis 1985, p. 1599