My thanks to Kevin Whitehead at Alba Airsports to the opportunity to photograph the "new" MTOsport 2017 model.
The MTO sport taxies in, past a Jetranger that's waiting to depart.
The 2017 model differs in appearance from the older models most notably with the movable side bar, which allows easier access and can be unlocked by the pilot and swung upward for entry.
Externally the MTOsport is equipped with a set of eight LED landing lights, in two pairs of four mounted at the front.
The MTOsport is approved for VFR daylight operation only. The bright lights gives an extra edge in to get you seen in less than perfect daylight conditions.
The front locker and company logo
The 2017 MTOsport differs from the older MTOsport models having a small set of horizontal stabilisers attached to the keel.
The vertical stabiliser trim tab
Sometimes low tech is the best tech and a tuft of wool is still the best indication for sideslip
Can't pass up the opportunity for an arty selfie
The front pilots instrument panel is well laid out with provision for a number of GPS options, such as an iPad. The locking pin for the side bar is to the lower right.
The throttle and brake have been redesigned and there are options for electric seat adjustment in both cockpits as well as adjustable ruder pedals. More notably is the option for a electric seat warmer
The MTOsport has four buttons on the control stick including this four trim switch
The front cockpit switch layout, with a set of easily replaceable fuses, note it only has 30 hours on the meter
Trim and rotor brake are pneumatically operated
This aircraft has the optional extras of a full set of instruments in the rear/instructors cockpit, airspeed, altitude, engine and rotor RPMs along with water and oil temperatures and a fuel gauge. The older models only had an air speed indicator in the rear cockpit. The new version also has a pair of guarded Mag switches as opposed to the older versions which were at the side
This aircraft is powered by the 100 hp Rotax 912ULS engine, this one has custom painted rocker covers, normally they are painted green.
The mechanical fuel pump
The Rotax 912 drives a three bladed Rotorsport propeller. There is an option for a variable pitch prop
Old school is sometimes the best with a calibrated sight gauge fitted to the fuel tank
The MTOsport has a fuel capacity for 94 Litres, the engine is rated for between 15 and 18 l/hr
The Rotor mast detail. The greased universal joint is the drive shaft for the rotor pre-rotator, which is driven off the engine, to spin the rotor up to speed before take-off. The light coloured pneumatic hose for the rotor brake can be seen to the left of the drive shaft.
The drive shaft engages with a gear wheel to spin the rotors. The pre-rotator is not required once the aircraft has gained flying speed. The rotors provide the lift and the propeller provides the thrust.
The horizontal square bar is the roll (rotation to the left and right) adjustment, which is made from the control stick or cyclic. The pitch (up and down movement) of the rotor is made by the linkage behind the square bar.
Vacating 27 at Charlie and before they get the chance to square the rotor up.
When looking at the front view of this aircraft I can not help but think of Toothless, the Night Fury dragon from the film "How to Train Your Dragon."
I hope this profile has been of interest to you.
Gyrocopters are a fantastic flying experience, beautifully stable in high winds with a perfect view from an open cockpit, why not try one for yourself. Flights are available from Alba Airsports at Perth Airport.