CAA (now FAA) Approved Type Certificate 446, resembling the PCA-2.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Pitcairn Autogiro Company

Primary manufacturer: Pitcairn Autogiro Company

Parent type: Pitcairn PCA-2/3

Aircraft status: No longer flying


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Gyroplane

Compound type: Lift

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Rudder

Dedicated propulsion devices: 1

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Tandem

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height:  
Overall Length: 13.72 m 45.0 ft
Overall Width: 13.72 m 45.0 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 7.04 m 23.1 ft
Airframe Width: 9.14 m 30.0 ft
Airframe Height: 4.14 m 13.6 ft
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base:  
Landing Gear Track: 4.01 m 13.2 ft
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height:  
Cabin Internal Length:  
Cabin Internal Width:  

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 1,389 kg 3,063 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 1,389 kg 3,063 lb
Empty Weight: 952 kg 2,098 lb
Useful Load: 438 kg 965 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.685
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb:  
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE:  
Max Level Flight Speed: 193 km/h 104 kts
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling:  
Range and Endurance
Max Range:  
Max Endurance:  

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 1
Designation: P&W Wasp Jr. reciprocating
Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated: 224 kW 300 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 13.72 m 45.01 ft
Direction of Rotation: Counterclockwise
Hub Type: Articulated, with flap and lag hinges and interconnecting blade cables and dampers
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction: Blade constructed from steel spar, plywood ribs with doped fabric skin
Blade Chord: 0.559 m 1.83 ft
Blade Tip Geometry: Tapered, unswept
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 4
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 147.84 m² 1591.4 ft²
Disc Loading: 9.40 kg/m² 1.925 lb/ft²
Solidity: 0.1037
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade: 3.83 m² 41.3 ft²
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades:  
Blade Construction: N/A
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area:  
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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