Magni gyrocopters next to each other.

Magni Gyro currently (2010) produces five sport autogyro models, all with similar pod and low boom, pusher engine layouts. They differ chiefly in the accommodation: both the M-16 and the newer, closely similar M-22 Voyager have open cockpits and tandem seats.

Front of a Magni gyrocopter.

A 85 kW (114 hp) Rotax 914UL flat four engine is mounted high and uncowled behind the pod, driving a 3-bladed pusher propeller. Below it the slender flat-sided boom carries the fibreglass empennage, which consists of a swept horizontal stabilizer with end-plate fins and a larger, central, fin and rudder. The 2-bladed rotor, mounted on a mast above the pod, is of composite construction. The open cockpits are fitted with dual controls. The M-16 has a tricycle undercarriage with the faired mainwheels on spring cantilever legs. The steerable nosewheel is unfaired.

Magni M16 Gyrocopter

The newer M-22 is optimised for touring with the inclusion of a pair of long side pods into the lower fuselage. These have their own access doors and together provide 150 L (5.3 cu ft) of baggage space. The M-22 is flown only from the front seat.

Magni M16

Operational history

By mid-2010 there were 114 M-16s and 44 M-22s on European (Russia excluded) civil aviation registers. At least 6 have appeared on the registers of South Africa and the US.

Most have been used as sports and recreational aircraft but some have been employed in agricultural spraying and survey work over nature reserves, traffic observation, fire prevention and photographic mapping.

Magni gyrocopter with lugguage compartment.

General characteristics

Capacity: 2

Length: 4.70 m (15 ft 5 in) overall

Height: 2.70 m (8 ft 10 in)

Empty weight: 261 kg (575 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 450 kg (992 lb) European ultralight limit (USA:550 kg)

Fuel capacity: 72 L (15.8 Imp gal; 19.0 US gal)

Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 914UL turbocharged flat four, 85 kW (114 hp)

Main rotor diameter: 8.23 m (27 ft 0 in)

Main rotor area: 53.20 m2 (572.6 sq ft) [Notes 1]

Propellers: 3-bladed Arplast, ground adjustable pitch, 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) diameter

Performance

Maximum speed: 185 km/h (115 mph; 100 kn)

Cruising speed: 145 km/h (90 mph; 78 kn)

Range: 480 km (298 mi; 259 nmi) no reserves

Endurance: 3 hr

Service ceiling: 3,500 m (11,483 ft) service

Rate of climb: 5.0 m/s (980 ft/min) at sea level