GYROPLANE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Can I takeoff and land vertically?
A. No. Unlike a helicopter, the Commander cannot do this.


Q. What is the glide ratio?
A. The glide ratio is 4 to 1. What this means is that with power off the 447 Commander can glide 4,000 feet horizontally for every 1,000 feet it descends.


Q. How long a runway do I need?
A. This really depends on a lot of variables, but with the pre rotator the Commandercan take off in as little as 75 - 100 feet.


Q. What about changing the wheels? Rotor blades?
A. We do not recommend that you change anything on the Commander, for the simple reason that it was designed the way it is because it works. Any changes made, no matter how simple, could cause potentially dangerous situations for the pilot and observers. We recommend you use only authorized Air Command parts.


Q. Can I use the Commander as a glider?
A. No, the Commander was not designed to be towed.


Q. What is the craft's life expectancy?
A. As long as any metal aircraft if stored under good conditions.


Q. How high can I fly this?
A. The service ceiling on the Commander is 10,000 feet.


Q. Can I use this for spraying crops?
A. Yes, with the 65 to 120 hp engines the Commander can be adapted for agricultural use.


Q. Can I teach myself to fly?
A. No. We require our customers to agree to get training from a company approved facility before we sell them a gyro. Any aircraft is potentially dangerous, therefore it is always essential to get experienced help in learning.


Q. I am an experienced fixed wing helicopter/airplane pilot Do I need lessons?
A. Yes. The gyroplane is a completely different type of aircraft and does require getting used to; however, with some experience you should be flying sooner than those trainees without experience in an aircraft.


Q. Where can I get lessons?
A. See our Training Center Section.


Q. How many hours between engine overhauls?
A. 400 to 600 hours with proper engine maintenance.


Q. Is it available with electric start?
A. Yes. All of our Gyroplanes can be fitted with the electric start option.


Q. I am a heavy/light pilot. Will I have to change anything to fly?
A. Any weight from 120 to 250 pounds can be flown on the Commander as it comes.


Q. What kind of parachute is needed?
A. None. The Commander is not like other ultralights. It was built strong enough so that if you stay in its realm of operation, it will not fail.


Q. Are plans available?
A. No, we feel that plans would entice customers to build the Commander out of materials not suitable for aircraft use as history has proven with other gyros in the past.


Q. What is the rotor diameter on the Commander?
A. The rotary wing is judged a little differently than a stationary wing. The blade diameter is 23 ft. The disc area is 416 sq. ft. (larger on 2-seat models).


Q. Can I add things like a larger engine later on?
A. Yes. Any upgrade or option that Air Command offers will fit the basic Commander frame.


Q. How safe is it?
A. As any vehicle capable of three dimensional movement, it is a potentially dangerous vehicle. However, the FAA has stated that the gyroplane is one of the safest designs on the market.


Q. What happens if the engine quits?
A. Your rotor blades will keep turning. Maintain air speed and you simply put the nose down slightly and glide to a landing.


Q. How much gas does it use?
A. At the cruise of 45 mph, the 447 Commander will use 3 gallons of fuel in one hour giving you a range of approximately 90 miles.


Q. Do I have to register my gyro?
A. The 447 Commander is a legal ultralight requiring no licensing for either the plane or pilot. The 503 and 582 engines put the Commander in the experimental category and require N numbers and need to be registered.


Q. Can I do repairs myself?
A. Yes. It is legal to do your own repairs. We suggest though that you seek assistance in engine repair unless you are experienced at this.


Q. How can I transport my Commander? Storage?
A. The Commander can be easily transported on a trailer and stored in a garage.


Q. Can I buy one part at a time?
A. No. But we do sell a sub-assembly kit that comes with everything but the engine and rotorblades.


Q. What instruments do I need?
A. You don't actually need any but of course you may wish to add airspeed indicator, cylinder head temp. gauge or any other instrument that will make you a more confident pilot.

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