Performance Characterization of a Modern Gyroplane

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Jacob Dewey

Adviser(s): Professor Rob Niewoehner

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The study of gyroplanes has been largely neglected in the United States in favor of helicopter research because gyroplanes cannot hover. However, hovering comes with extensive mechanical complexity making helicopters much more expensive than gyroplanes. As a result, gyroplanes are experiencing a resurgence due to their high maneuverability and the increasing demand for low-cost rotorcraft. This project entails a flight-testing campaign of the FAA certified Calidus gyroplane to support the contemporary need for more informed gyroplane users. This project determines the effectiveness and necessary adaptations of industry standard flight test techniques for conventional aircraft as they relate to gyroplane performance.

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