Developed in 1932 as a passenger transport helicopter capable of accomodating up to 5 persons, including the pilot.  The aircraft has a closed cabin and was the largest autogyro to have been built in America at the time [Ref 316].

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Pitcairn Autogiro Company

Primary manufacturer: Pitcairn Autogiro Company

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: No longer flying

Configuration

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: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height:  
Overall Length:  
Overall Width: 15.43 m 50.6 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length:  
Airframe Width: 9.35 m 30.7 ft
Airframe Height:  
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base:  
Landing Gear Track:  
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height:  
Cabin Internal Length:  
Cabin Internal Width:  

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Cruise Speed: 100 mph (160.934 km/h)

Weights
Max Gross Weight (ground): 2,105 kg 4,640 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 2,105 kg 4,640 lb
Empty Weight: 1,220 kg 2,690 lb
Useful Load: 885 kg 1,950 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.580
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb: 4 m/s 850 fpm
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE:  
Limitations
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.

Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated: 313 kW 420 hp
Intermediate:  
Maximum:  
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: 15.43 m 50.63 ft
RPM:  
Direction of Rotation: Counterclockwise
Hub Type:
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 4
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 187.00 m² 2013.0 ft²
Disc Loading: 11.25 kg/m² 2.305 lb/ft²
Solidity:  
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade:  
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

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

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