Bill Hogue's AutoGyro MTO Sport

I had been researching gyroplane technology for the past 20 years and knew that the modern gyroplane was an amazing aircraft. After scoring a ride in a MTO Sport in July of 2015, I knew I had to have one. I was fortunate that a dealer and flight training in Searcy, Arkansas was only an hour away by car.

I picked up my AutoGyro MTO Sport kit in December of 2015 and building was complete by March 2016. The airworthiness certificate was issued and the first flight was on May 23, 2016. After Phase 1 testing was complete in February of 2017, I flew my gyro home to Lonoke, Arkansas.

The MTO Sport is a well-designed, solid, safe-flying aircraft--AutoGyro makes an awesome kit. It's incredibly stable in windy conditions, and can easily handle a crosswind that would make the fixed-wing guys stay at home.

--William Hogue
Little Rock, Arkansas

3 Replies to “Bill Hogue's AutoGyro MTO Sport”

  1. Gyro is a great flying engine. ..With the coming 915 is rotax ..cruising speed should top 100mph and range over 500 km...
    Two improvements have to be urgently made: rescue parachute and quick release gas in case of problems...I fly gyro with great pleasure but lost already two friends due to those insolved improvements

  2. Rotary-wing aircraft present significant challenges to the use of rescue parachutes... The rocket-launcher for the parachute would have to launch the parachute right up through the rotor disk, and even if the parachute canister passed safely through the rotor between the rotor blades themselves, the canopy lines would be instantly tangled (or cut) by the rotor blades.

    One possible solution might involve attaching the entire emergency parachute assembly (parachute canister and rocket-launcher) to the top of the rotor mast, but the rocket would now be firing down towards the cabin, and there would be a fairly large mass attached above the rotor disk. That mass would likely affect flight characteristics, weight and balance, and a whole host of other complexities.

    I don't understand how "quick release gas" would be a benefit, either... Better to improve the crashworthiness of the fuel tanks than trying to figure out a way to somehow jettison them in flight. Think of the potential catastrophic issues if that jettison handle was pulled inadvertently by a passenger or even the pilot. As a helicopter pilot who has had another helicopter-rated pilot inadvertently pull the door jettison handle (in flight, no less), I think that an inadvertent tank jettison is a risk that is just not worth taking.

    Spend the money you would have spent on those two devices on type-specific flight training, and you'll learn how to avoid the situations where a parachute or fuel-tank-jettison might be required.

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