XENON IV FOR PROFESSIONAL USE
A Gyrocopter looks like a small helicopter, but there is a big difference: the rotor is not driven by the engine. The rotor is driven instead by air flowing up through the rotor disc (whereas the driven rotor of a helicopter drives air down through the disc). This airflow creates a thrust on the rotor blades to drive them round (a phenomenon known as ‘autorotation’) which in turn creates lift. Just as a windmill is driven by the wind.
As the engine is not connected to the rotor in flight, if the engine were to stop, this would not pose an immediate safety risk to flight. The rotor would continue to turn under autorotation, generating lift to keep the aircraft airborne. This feature, as well as the very short take-off run and even shorter landing run (5-10m) makes the gyrocopter unique and one of the safest aircraft in the world.
Ultralight rotorcraft today are lightweight aircraft with a Maximum Take Off Weight not exceeding 450kgs (560 kgs EASA). Modern Gyrocopters offer great performance, comfort and safety that can not be compared to other aircraft types.
Another key feature of Gyrocopters versus Helicopters is the low price of purchase and operation. Thanks to the use of automotive fuel the cost of the operation is between 40-100 Euro per hour of flight, the same time in a small helicopter can cost 10 times more.
Some key performance differences between gyrocopters and other aircraft types are shown in the following table, for the same maximum take off weight, where green indicates a very good capability, yellow is intermediate and red is poor. As you can see, no type of aircraft is good for everything, but the gyrocopter provides the best overall performance of all aircraft types.
MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GYROCOPTERS AND OTHER AIRCRAFT KINDS ARE THE FOLLOWING, FOR THE SAME MAXIMUM TAKE OFF WEIGHT:
PILOTING A GYROCOPTER
In the table above, we state that piloting is easy. This in no way means that you can just expect to sit in one, and be able to fly it straight away! Just like with any other aircraft, you will need to take lessons, and learn to become a safe, proficient pilot. Depending on the country, your Civil Aviation Authority may request more than what we suggest below.
A gyrocopter's controls are basically similar but often simpler than those of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and a fixed-wing pilot will usually need something like 10 hours of cross-over training to convert to gyrocopters. Someone with no prior flight experience will need about the same amount of flight time as they would for learning to pilot a fixed-wing aircraft, which might be in the range of 24-36 hours.
A pilot training course consists of ground and flight training.
The syllabus is very flexible in order to cater to the needs of the students with different backgrounds, jobs and time commitments.
Ground studies involve several different subjects which include Meteorology, Air Law and Navigation, at the end of which is a simple examination.
Flight training consists of about 40 hours for a private pilot but more for law enforcement agencies or militaries.
FOR GEODETIC ENGINEERING
Our gyrocopters can be equipped with a 3d scanning Lidar laser made by Riegl
FOR SCANNING OF PIPE LINES AND ELECTRICAL LINES.
Our gyrocopters can be equipped with a classical camera, UV camera & recorder / transmission system
FOR AGRICULTURAL USE
Our gyrocopters can be can be fitted with a sprayer and carry a tank for the chemical dispersant.
FOR OPERATION ON THE WATER
Our gyrocopters can take off and land on water when equipped with a floatation device.
FOR SECURITY, POLICE & LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
Eyes in the sky are ideal for Law Enforcement Agencies. The Xenon has proved to be the best option in the World for this kind of mission.
With additional sensors, Law Enforcement Agencies can be at the cutting edge, at a more economical cost.
FOR OTHER SERVICES
Our gyrocopters are the only machines that have been configured in many ways to carry a larger payload. The Xenon IV flying capabilities have proved to be superior to any competitor. The sky and your imagination are the only limits to the tasks you can accomplish with such a machine.
Camera (Articulated, fixed to gyrocopter) Laptop controlling camera
ARGO.Aero is constantly investing in research and development projects.
In November 2012 ARGO Aero dedicated its R&D team to the testing of a surveillance system. The camera (Panasonic WV-SW395/WV-SW395E) was fixed directly to the gyro without any suspension. The camera was not gyro-stabilised. The laptop computer was located on the observer’s seat, operated by the observer. The flight control system on the passenger side was removed. Test flights were made over 2 days.
Concept of downlink system to cloud or repeaters for the image to be seen at Head Quarters for the decision makers. Range can be increased to 40 Km line of sight.
Two tests were carried out one just before sunset but in good visibility, and one in rainy conditions. Both tests were acceptable within the capability of the camera.
We have manufactured a table to accommodate the laptop and joystick for the observer. The camera is also be insulated from vibration.
Machine Gun (7.62 mm) operated by Pilot
Transport of Armed Military Personnel
Bullet Proof Protection against light weapon fire