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Questions tagged [autogyro]

An autogyro, also known as gyroplane, gyrocopter, or rotaplane, is a type of rotorcraft which uses an unpowered rotor in autorotation to develop lift, and an engine-powered propeller, similar to that of a fixed-wing aircraft, to provide thrust.

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Why autogyros use pusher-, whereas, piston-engined planes use puller-configuration?

I found that most modern gyrocopters use a pusher-configuration, whereas, most piston-engined planes use puller-configuration. Since the pusher-configuration has major disadvantages, are there ...
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Is this XKCD comic list about autogyro features accurate?

I recently came across this XKCD comic which gives you a number of facts about autogyros: Image is copyright XKCD, licensed under CC 2.5 BY-NC I'm not sure if this is satirical or really drawing ...
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Why does XKCD say that autogyros will crash if the pilot reacts to a stall as in a normal airplane?

This recent XKCD comic is all about autogyros. Image is copyright XKCD, licensed under CC 2.5 BY-NC The note at the bottom is what got my attention Extremely safe, unless you do the one thing you ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of autogyro aircraft?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of autogyro category of aircraft? Is there a maximum speed an autogyro can attain?
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How does the forward speed of an auto-gyro relate to the rotation speed of the rotor during auto-rotation?

In my other question I was looking for a relation between the forward speed and the thrust (lift) of an auto-gyro. I have come to the conclusion that for an auto-gyro in auto-rotation the forward ...
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How to calculate the amount of thrust of a autogyro during auto rotation?

When a autogyro/gyrocopter is in a horizontal steady flight the rotor should be able to provide enough thrust using the auto rotation principle if the horizontal speed can be regulated by the vertical ...
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Is it possible to have dual contra-rotating rotors on a gyrocopter or gyroplane? Are there disadvantages that would outweigh the extra lift?

Is it possible to have dual contra-rotating fixed-pitch rotors on a gyrocopter or gyroplane? It would seem to me that it would provide a lot more lift. I am wondering if any disadvantages would ...
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Is it technically feasible to dampen the control stick in an Autogyro?

The control stick in a gyrocopter is too wobbly for a glider pilot's liking. Is there a way to dampen the stick in a Gyrocopter [Eg. the Air command] to make it feel as smooth and light as one would ...
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Can an Autogyro with wings survive a rotor mechanical failure? Will it be safer?

I'm not an expert but as I understand autogyro sustentation relies on the rotor. If the rotor breaks, the aircraft will fall as a rock to the ground... But If the autogyro was built as a tractor ...
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What are the uses of gyroplanes?

From my understanding, a gyroplane (autogyro): Is a rotocraft. Uses an unpowered rotor for lift generation, instead of wings. Uses a propeller for horizontal translation like an airplane. Cannot take ...
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What is an autogyro, and why would I ever want to fly one? [closed]

Autogyros seem to be one of those mythical creatures: we know there are actually a few of them out there and they're supposed to be fun to fly. What are they really; how do they work? And how do you ...