In addition to Magni Gyro and ELA Aviación, a Spanish manufacturer with an outstanding rotor design, there are many enterprises active in the autogyro sector. They offer, with fluctuating results, a plethora of gyrocopters in assembled, kit or plan forms. The long list of companies includes AAT – Advanced Aircraft Technologies (Austria); Air Command (USA), Air Copter (France); Air Bet (Spain); Aircraft Design (USA); Astra Aero (Russia); Aerso Aviation (France); Autogyro (Germany); Barnett Rotorcraft (USA); Bauer Avion (Czech Republic); Butterfly (USA); Carpenterie Pagotto (Italy); Carter Copters (USA); Celiar Aviation (Poland); Chayair (South Africa); Eben Mocke (South Africa); GBA - Groen Brothers Aviaton (USA); Gyro-Kopp-Ters (USA); Gyrotec (Germany); Layzell Gyroplanes (UK); Little Wing Autogyros (USA); Merlin Autogyros (UK); Michel Delluc (France); Midwest Engimeering & Design – Flitplane (USA); North American Rotorwerks (USA); Ralf Taggart (USA); Rotor Flight Dynamics (USA); Rotor Hawk Industries (USA); Rotortec (Germany); Schröder Gyrocopter (Germany); Sport Copter (USA); Star Bee Gyros (USA); UFO - Ultimate Flying Options (New Zealand) and Vortech (USA). The latter is still selling the plans to build the Bensen B-19 Glider and the B-20 Kopter powered by a 35 hp engine. In addition, many individual amateur builders, all around the world, have designed their own personal gyroplane. In this category, one of the most significant is the original EJM-002 two-seat cabin gyroplane, designed by sport pilot Jean Marie Enfissi of France, and flown for the first time in 2004. It is just one example of the wide interest and enthusiasm which today characterizes the magic world of the gyroplanes.
In the picture: AVRO Type 671 (c/n 753) I-CIER autogyro at “Leonado da Vinci” Science and Technology National Museum in Milan, Italy, photographed during the 1970’s. It is a Cierva C.30A model manufacured under licence in Great Britain in the 1930’ and initially registered G-ACXA. The aircraft was later bought by the Italian “Regia Marina” (serial MM30030) for evaluations which led to no orders. The possible use of autoyros aboard Italian warships unleashed a competence conflict with the “Regia Aeronautica”. In 1941, it was bought by Vittorio Bonomi of Milan, receiving the civil registration I-CIER. Having survived WW2, the autogyro had a further lease of life, flying till 1948. In the ‘Seventies, it was restored and presented to the Milan’s museum. (Luigi Perinetti Postcard Collection)
(Aeromedia with contributions from Jukka Tervamäki web-site: http://www.icon.fi/~jtki/)