- May 13, 2014
- Vortex M912, SportCopterII, Vortex 582
Hi Mauro, we apologize that your emails somehow "fell through the cracks" but we'll track them down. Our office number is 503-543-7000 and you're welcome to call anytime. While we could have offered much earlier the 2018 Oshkosh M2 (with M912 tail and boom, control panel, rotorhead, etc.) it is difficult for Jim and Evan to cease improving what was already the world's most utilitarian 2-place gyro. They are much more pleased with their final round of refinements, and that superior M2 is what we will deliver to our patient customers.I have been trying to reach the company, but they do not return my emails They communicated with me last November 2018, and things were apparently moving fast, however, almost a year later, i have not seen actual availability of the M2 kit. Do you know anything more current? I am losing hope.
Below is the large M2 panel for those using a 10" glass display. The panel comes with glare hood and screened venting cowl. It will be offered in a clear-coated polished finish as an option. (We may add a pilot’s side lockable glovebox.)
Apart from Jim's medical recovery (he's doing very well these days, and thanks all of you who have so kindly expressed concern and best wishes), much of the M2 delay has been the co-development of our production tooling. We aim to satisfy demand without long waiting times.
In particular, is the revolutionary new pre-preg carbon-fiber tail (which has never been engineered this way for gyros, nor even for airplanes to our knowledge). No more easily dimpled/bent aluminum sheets, and no more unsightly rivets or exposed hardware. It's the design that we will use on our 260+hp 4-place SC4.
Below are the aluminum M912 and carbon-fiber M2 rudders, with comparable weight per area:
Don't try this with any glass/foam or aluminum rudder:
Notice the huge difference of the M2’s 1¼” axle vs. our excellent M912 with ¾” axle.
Like the SC2, the M2 wheel hubs have conical tapered bearings to better share the load.
The M2 axle and brakes are unlike any other gryo in its class.
The M2's 2” brake caliper has 4x more pad area than our M912 1” caliper.
This new caliper uses a Cessna pad, which you can order from Aircraft Spruce, etc.
Besides the Rotax 912 and 914, we will offer two competitively priced higher horsepower engine options:
(141 hp @ 5800 rpm, and 130+hp continuous @ 5500 rpm up to 15,000' MSL),
. . . and for about $20,000 less the M2-AM with Aeromomentum's normally aspirated AM15-HP
(147 hp @ 6500 rpm, and 130+ hp continuous @ 6200 rpm).
We'll very shortly begin testing both M2s, and then hosting a Sport Copter Open House this Fall for sample flights.
Details to be posted soon here in this thread!