Top Speed  100 MPH
Minimum Speed 5-10 MPH
Initial Climb 1200 FPM
Sustained Climb 650 FPM
Range 130 miles
Height 100 1/2 inches (79" w/folding mast)
Width 73 3/4 inches
Length 148 inches
Gross Weight 760 lbs


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The Vortex comes with more options than any other design. Full flight instrumentation is available. You can fly this single-place gyro out in the open, or with a partially enclosed body.

The Vortex is equipped with a composite seat which encapsulates the pilot with full support all the way to the top of the helmet, and cushioned with an energy absorbent ejection-seat material. The seat and fuel tank are seperate to keep the pilot away from the fuel. This arrangement is much safer than other designs.

The Vortex has a shock mounted rotorhead, and our high-performance suspension system including swing-arm nosewheel suspension. The Vortex standard engine is a Rotax 582.

The Vortex is a fully-triangulated "beefed-up" machine, engineered to accommodate options like our rough-field package and Full Lotus floats. There is also more cargo room (under the pilot seat) for carrying extra equipment.This is a highly versatile airframe.

The Vortex is standard-equipped with  toe-operated differential disc brakes, as are all Sport Copter designs. We are the only gyroplane manufacturer who does so.

Flying with Jim Vanek

Clip from the Sportcopter DVD