M2 912 sport copter

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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.
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mdalcant
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.

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.)

M2 large panel.jpg

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.

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Below are the aluminum M912 and carbon-fiber M2 rudders, with comparable weight per area:

rudders - M912 and M2.png


Don't try this with any glass/foam or aluminum rudder:

M2 carbon-fiber rudder.png


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.

axles - M912 and M2.png


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.

brake calipers - M912 and M2.png


Besides the Rotax 912 and 914, we will offer two competitively priced higher horsepower engine options:

Rotax 915iS
(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!

SC advantages over other gyros.png
 
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You're welcome Dave, and we'll post flying M2 video links here to our Sport Copter YouTube channel. They'll include crabbed 20° landings on the nosewheel, tight radius 360° ground handling, "off-road" taxiing, and vigorous aerial maneuvers.

Our preliminary calculations indicate that with equal fuel the 140hp M2 with 200 lb. passenger will have the same power:weight ratio as our 100hp single-place Vortex M912. I.e., M912 performance, but for two!
 

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November 2019 Sport Copter M2 Update

Here are two 200 pound men standing on an unsupported horizontal stabilizer.
Don't try that on any standard aluminum tail part.
Our design team was amazed at the strength-to-weight ratio.

M2 pre-preg carbon tail.png

All Sport Copter M2 pre-preg carbon-fiber tail pieces incorporate our new revolutionary V-SparTM design technology
for unsurpassed strength, while lighter than common fiberglass wet layup and foam-filled parts.
Much stronger in flight, and virtually say good-bye to hangar rash!

M2 tail from above.png

M2 tail progression.png


With nearly all parts (but for rotor) on-board temporarily in their positions, we hung her to test preliminary weight and balance.
We are well within our target ranges.

M2 first hang test.png


Between two “big brother” SC2s, you can see how substantial the M2 is.

M2 with SC2s.png
M2 left side.png
M2 quartering away.png

Our goal for the M2 is to offer you the world’s most rugged 2-place gyro — always ready for tough missions.

M2 and SC2 big brothers.png
 
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When do you think one will fly? Looks great. Very impressed. How do you think it will perform in higher elevation areas such as around CO?
 
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Hi Dave, thanks for that, we like its looks too. We've cleared all our previous design and tooling hurdles, so finishing the first flying model should go very quickly now. We'll update our progress in this thread.

A normally aspirated engine generally loses 3% of power for each 1000' altitude gain.
We've an interested M2 customer who lives at 7000', and summer DA can add 3000' to that.
Without a turbo-normalized engine, he'd be taking off with only 70% of rated horsepower on a hot day.

The Rotax 915 iS is turbo-normalized to make its full continuous power up to 15,000', so it would be the preferred M2 engine for those in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, etc. with field elevations of >4000' MSL.
 

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The M2 will benefit from our 30 years development of rugged suspension and safe trailing-link fully castering nosewheel.
Thus, only 17.2% of Sport Copter incidents have occurred during takeoffs and non-emergency landings.
For a leading competitor, their incident rate occurring during takeoffs and non-emergency landings has so far been 4x greater at 51%.

Here are still frames from a recent test Jim Vanek performed in our Vortex M912, intentionally landing at a severe crabbed angle.
Sport Copter crabbed landing-1.png
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That was a great photo-demonstration !
Brian
 

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Very nice. Wish more gyro manufactures would use the castering nose wheel design and independent brakes. Very hard to keep gyro straight on sloped runway without independent brakes once nose comes off the runway.
 
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