American Ranger 1 (AR1) Gyroplane
The history of rotating wing aircraft goes back to Leonardo DaVinci and possibly even earlier but it began in earnest on January 9th, 1923 when engineer and inventor Juan de la Cierva, flew his "autogiro" with unpowered rotors for the first time.
Unlike a helicopter, gyroplane's rotor blades are not connected to the engine and autorotate by way of being loaded and travelling through air. Thus gyroplane simply does not need the engine to be in control and fly. Engine simply keeps it going forward without losing altitude. In the event of an engine out, gyroplane will simply start to lose altitude and can land with almost zero roll, meaning it can touch down gently and stop.
The stability of the gyroplane is unrivalled thanks to its gyroscopic stability. It cuts through the air smoothly without letting you feel many bumps and controls are smooth and light. This allows you to fly the gyroplane in conditions when even many heavier airplanes are uncomfortable to fly.
Gyroplane cannot stall, cannot spin, take much less space than any other aircraft with wings, can transport relatively easily in a trailer, can fly very slow, can handle very strong winds and mid day turbulence with comfort and ease, takes small space to takeoff and can land in almost in its own length and can take you where you want to go at over 100 mph as well.
American Ranger 1 (AR1) is a modern US made gyroplane with tandem seating, convertible option (fully enclosed or windshields). It combines design, style balanced with ever important safety and performance. It takes you anywhere you want to go in style and complete comfort, cutting through turbulence and high wind better than most reaching speeds as high as 120 mph and it can fly as slow as 25 mph. You can sight see around your environment slowly in complete control and comfort as gyroplane does not stall like an airplane.
AR1 has the unique option in its class and price range to have the ability to fly semi-open cockpit with windshields or with a fully enclosed canopy with cabin heat in winter months. This gives the user the best of both worlds in one gyroplane. The enclosed canopy can also be ordered and installed by the user at any point
The rotor system is the venerable Stella rotor system by Averso. The carriage is built on a high-strength welded stainless steel frame, with a fiberglass composite streamline fairing, with an effective tail for excellent stability and control.
Both seats are comfortable, spacious and allow good views for the pilot and the passenger or instructor. The instrument panel is well arranged with conventional gauges and space for Garmin 696 or 796 GPS, iFly GPS 740 or an iPad Mini etc. in the instrument panel. There is a back seat glove box which can be converted into back seat instrument panel for an instructor
Controls are easily accessible. The main landing gear is an aluminium leaf spring but covered by lift producing composite fairings, hydraulic disc brakes on both main wheels, with wheel pants.
Composite 3 blade propeller, a parking brake hyraulic lever under pilot seat, an electrical speed trim and mechanical pre-rotator to start the blades rotating before takeoff and rotor brake system completes cockpit driven systems.
Available powered by field proven and supported worldwide Rotax aircraft 4-stroke power plants. Choice of either Rotax 912ULS 100 HP engine or the turbo charged Rotax 914UL 115HP engine for better performance and operation at higher altitudes, the kit can be supplied with or without the engine. 17 US gallon Aluminum welded fuel tank ensures compatibility with any type of fuel.
Builder's assist facility at Zephyrhills Municipal airport insures that your gyroplane is assembled properly with knowledgeable mechanics and electric technicians and can help in getting airworthiness certification for the owner/builder.
The AR1 gyro establishes new norms in the euro style gyroplanes with its expanded more effective tail, closer to CG thrust line and offset, in flight dynamics, with little to no coupling between power and yaw and power and pitching. This is achieved after careful engineering and flight testing where other models or similar looking configuration may exhibit these characteristics, AR1 does not and thus behaves as a more forgiving aircraft. Its high inertia rotor system and clean lines allow it a better glide ratio and energy retention, making landings easier and forgiving even for beginner pilots. Its forgiving and flexible landing gear absorb rather than simply spring back landing shocks. Its front or nose wheel is linked to the rudder for easier taxi but also has trail which allows a good compromise in both ground handling and in lessening danger of a pilot touching down the nose wheel while the front wheel is angled sideways like in a crosswind but there is still some forward speed left. The front wheel will try and striaghten itself out. In fact the faster one goes the more the front wheel wants to go straight. Its landing gear fairings act as small wings at faster speeds and also help stabilize the gyroplane further. Even in steep bank maneuvers one has to hardly use any rudder. A full descending pedal turn at very slow speed shows its effective rudder without power at very slow speeds. These points illustrate to show its superiority in flight control compared to similar configurations while its possible 5 bags and optional landing gear fairing large bags (optional) afford you ample space for a weekend getaway
SilverLight Aviation is no stranger to light aircraft and aircraft design, engineering and certification for multiple categories of aircraft. The US support is personal, technical and responses are fast. You are not just a number among thousands and your answers are given to you by experienced engineers and pilots who know a lot about the design and sub-systems used in the aircraft. While others may make you wait to hear from foreign countries, SilverLight Aviation actually controls the design and manufacture and can engineer and make changes to improve the product right here due to expertise not found in dealers and distributors.
The American Ranger 1 gyro is Sport Pilot eligible allowing only a 20 hour pilot's license with no medical and has very competitive pricing compared to the competition.
AR1 powered by 912ULS (100 HP)
Kit complete with engine (Rotax 912ULS), prop, rotors, day VFR standard analog instrumentation, rotor system, composite parts painted: $61,000.00
AR-1 powered by 914UL (115 HP Turbo Charged)
Kit complete with engine (Rotax 912ULS), prop, rotors, day VFR standard analog instrumentation, rotor system, composite parts painted: $71,900.00
Standard Colors w/o extra charge:
Corvette Velocity Yellow
Corvette Victory Red
Metallic Deep Blue
Allows you to build the gyroplane at the factory with our help, guidance and specialized tooling with experienced mechaics who know the gyroplane inside and out. Could not be easier. We also do the builder's log, take you through the maze of FAA paperwork, arrange a DAR inspection for your machine and test fly your gyroplane for you to make sure the rotor is tracked right and everything works: $7500.00
Enclosure Option (convert your AR1 from fully enclosed heated cabin to semi open cockpit in 40 minutes. Perfect for flyers in cold climates who want semi open cockpit in summer and full heated cabin in winter): $6500.00
Panel Mounted Radio/Com: $1750
Flycom Helmets (x 2): $1650
Sandia STX165 Mode C Transponder: $2200
Trig Mode S Transponder (TT22): $3000
Custom Colors: $1000
Garmin Aera 500: $850
iFlyGPS 740: $1050.00
Back Seat Airspeed and Altimeter: $800
Position/Nav/Strobe Lights (Aveo): $800
Landing Lights (AeroLeds): $550
Instructor set, back controls: $750.00
Folding Mast (allows folding the mast down to fit in normal enclosed trailers): $850.00
Bags under front seat (x 2): $0.00 (standard)
glove bags (front seat x 2): $200.00
Bag behind the back seat (x 1): $125.00
Belly bag under body to store up to 20 pounds of clothes or soft gear in (x 1): $300.00
Contact us for a personilized quote if you desire customization that are not shown here
Empty Weight: 628 lbs (912ULS), 650 lbs (914UL)
Gross Weight: 1200 lbs
Style: Pusher, trigear, tandem seating
Minimum Speed (Vmin): 20 mph
Max Cruise Speed: 105 mph
Max straight and level speed (Vh), 914UL: 120 mph
General Cruise: 55 mph - 100 mph
Never Exceed Speed (Vne): 120 mph
Takeoff roll at ISA (calm air, short prepared grass, pre-rotate to 250 RRPM): 350 feet
Takeoff roll to clear 50 foot obstacle (standard conditions): 980 feet (912 ULS, 100 HP), 850 feet (914 UL, 115 HP)
Landing roll: 0 to 30 feet with proper technique
Landing over 50 foot obstacle: 250 feet
Rate of Climb at sea level, ISA: 725 FPM (912ULS)/850 FPM (914UL)
Fuel: 17 USG
Fuel Burn: 4 to 5 GPH
Rotor: Averso Stella, 28' 3" (8.6 m) (larger rotor of 8.8 m available for high altitude flyers)
Dimensions: Height: 8.8 feet, Width: 76.5 inches, Length: 17.7 feet. Folding Mast Option (folded): 6.8 feet