AR-1 gyro manufacturer
- Oct 31, 2011
- Tampa, FL
- Total Flight Time
- 4000+ 472 gyroplanes. Sport CFI Gyro and Trikes
I had an interesting discussion this weekend with a dealer rep, comparing a Magni M24 design to the Cavalon design which may reflect a little on the high rate of Cavalon accidents, particularly for low time pilots. The tail of the Cavalon sits significantly higher than the M24 due to the shape of the tail boom. This may result in the empenage being shielded from the airflow by the body of the aircraft to a greater degree in the Cavalon, which may result in less directional control particularly at low power on landing etc in the Cavalon. Of course add to that the nose wheel design differences possibly making for a less controllable aircraft close to the ground. I'd be interested to hear the thoughts of any folks that have flown both aircraft.
A side by side gyro with the tail literally less than 5 feet behind its big fat wide body is going to put the tail hidden from clean air. The farther back you are the more likely air will have a chance to get cleaner but neither gyro has that going on. The tail in both is of course more effective with some power on as prop is producing its own localized relative wind for the tail.
I have not flown the Cavalon yet but I did fly the M24. M24 and Magni gyroplanes in general have very thin airfoils for vertical stabilizer. Its easy enough to see. We all know that thicker curved airfoils produce more pressure and are more effective. M24 was happy flying in a slip for over a mile when I flew it without any tendency to come back unless I deliberately made it. It could use a yaw indicator.