Auction Ending Today (17th) 2010 Auto Gyro Calidus Aircraft under $10K right now...

ppetrazio

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My wife would kill me if I continued to bid on this Auto Gyro - working on getting out of debt right now. If someone gets it - would love a free ride sometime.

Renebates.com has a 2010 Auto Gyro Calidus Aircraft that was flown by the Tomball Police Department and maintained there as well. Current Bid is $8100.00 and someone with $$$ can steal it today (17th of June) when Auction Ends.

Link to Site: https://renebates.com/a_lot_2.php?id=182&lot=1034&cat=3


2010 Auto Gyro Calidus Aircraft; SN US10C01; 1,018 Hours showing; Rotax 912ULS Gas; Radio; Has key; Running when last utilized 8/2021; Log book will come with fleet; Usual wear and tear from frequent flying; Annual Condition Inspection 07/27/2021, 93 Octane Fuel, Garmin GPS, Includes both winter and summer canopy; The buyer of the aircraft is required to notify the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration office of such change in the registered owner of the aircraft. Considered airworthy; Suggest not flying it out of the hanger at the time of pick up just due to sitting for a few months. Up to date on annual inspections; Sold with an Aircraft Bill of Sale but the city will not warrant the title; Location 3: 20803 Stuebner Airline Rd., Ste O, Spring, TX 77379. Contact: Lexi McMinn 281-290-1416 [email protected]

There is also a MTO Sport up for Grabs for $13K right now on same auction.


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went for $27,600 still not bad
Why did they sell it. It had 1018 hours shown on hobbs. If it has not been crashed. It could easily go another 1000 hours
 

Abid

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The Tomball Police department doesn't use the gyros anymore.

Does that mean they did not find gyroplanes fit for purpose? Or they lost the pilot?
 

chrisk

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It was a public use aircraft. Maybe a silly question, but what kind of airworthy certificate does this aircraft have?
 

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Chrisk, most public use aircraft are maintained to FAA standards. The repair station at my airport services all the local and state equipment. It’s MY OPINION that they do it for two reasons. 1) They don’t have personal skilled in aircraft maintenance or facilities capable and 2) it’s hard to defend liability in court if you deviate from the expected norm.
 

Kevin_Richey

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Didn't one of their gyroplanes have an rollover incident that caused quite a bit of damage a few years back? Maybe the expense of fixing that caused consternation w/ the city bean-counters?
 

chrisk

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Chrisk, most public use aircraft are maintained to FAA standards. The repair station at my airport services all the local and state equipment. It’s MY OPINION that they do it for two reasons. 1) They don’t have personal skilled in aircraft maintenance or facilities capable and 2) it’s hard to defend liability in court if you deviate from the expected norm.
The issues is not how the aircraft is maintained. It is: "Does it have an airworthy certificate, and what kind?" It is most probably not amateur built experimental, but I guess it could be. Primary? Standard? Something else? And just as important, what kind of airworthy certificate is the new owner going to end up with?
 

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your FAA shows
Deregistered Aircraft 1 of 1
Aircraft Description
Serial NumberUS10C01 Certificate Issue Date01/14/2013
Manufacturer NameAUTOGYRO GMBH Mode S Code (base 8 / oct)50454307
ModelCALIDUS 912 ULS Mode S Code (base 16 / hex) A258C7
Year Manufacturer2010Cancel Date05/06/2019
Reason For CancellationExpirationExport ToNone
Type RegistrationGovernment
Aircraft Registration Prior to Deregistration
NameCITY OF SOMERSET
StreetPO BOX 989
CitySOMERSET
StateKENTUCKY Zip Code42502-0989
CountryUNITED STATES
Deregistered Airworthiness
Engine ManufacturerROTAX ClassificationExperimental
Engine ModelSEE BOMBADIERCategory
A/W DateException CodeNo
 

chrisk

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So, it is likely the new owner will end up with an "Experimental Exhibition Only" airworthy certificate.
 

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Wonder if they could just buy a new chassis, and use the parts from this to make a new Calidus?
 

ppetrazio

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I believe the winning bidder is a CFI/A&P Mechanic in North Carolina. He called me Friday morning with questions about the auction; and he is certified by the Calidus company for doing overhauls and such to the brand. With the engine alone being worth the $20K; not a bad deal for the AC.

Tomball stopped flying the Gyro's last fall; and I believe they are now sharing Helo Services across departments under a new LE Grant Program - the Admin listed on the Auction stated that there was a previous "crash" and due to liability related to their insurance for the Police Department, they have gone to the helicopter platform instead.

The two Gyro's were also built for another city first before Tomball acquired them.
 
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