General Aviation

Published on April 16th, 2015 | by Mark Dwyer


Cavalon Pro becomes the first certified gyroplane

The Cavalon Pro has become the world’s first modern-era certified Gyroplane after the UK Civil Aviation Authority presented Gerry Speich (MD of RotorSport UK), with the Certificate of Airworthiness for the first-of-type (G-CIEW), on the Autogyro GmbH stand at AERO Friedrichshafen on 15th April.

Gerry Speich of RotorSport UK said “…it has been a long and uphill struggle to get Cavalon Pro to this stage and I am absolutely delighted that a new era for the gyroplane is about to begin. Certification recognises a higher degree of safety, quality and reliability for operators as well as reducing insurance risk and enabling fleet financing. This is a real dream come true and represents years of development showing the world that gyroplanes are serious, useful aircraft that can now take their rightful place in the aviation industry, flying by day or night – and probably IFR later this year. It also demonstrates the huge lead in Gyroplane Aviation that AutoGyro and RotorSport now have in the world market, with our aircraft complying with the newest and highest existing gyroplane aviation standards.”

The Cavalon is fitted with a Rotax 914UL engine and has a MTOW of 560kg. This gives an impressive 250Kg of usable payload. The addition of an IVOPROP propeller gives up to 15% better take-off performance over existing models. It cruises around 85-90 mph with a fuel burn of about 15 litres per hour on unleaded petrol (UL91 is also approved). With a 100-litre tank, that’s up to 5 hours flying plus reserves.

Cavalon cockpit

The Cavalon cockpit


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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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