What is the NANO?

The NANO is revolutionizing the Part 103 category in the US.  There is no other aircraft like it in the world!  The NANO is a TRUE Part 103 Ultralight Gyrocopter.  No license is required to fly this aircraft in the US, but training is strongly encouraged.  The NANO is made in Poland by Fusioncopter, and imported to the US by Gyro103, a California company.  Gyrocopters are extremely maneuverable and inherently safe aircraft, able to handle wind gusts and windy conditions much better than their fixed wing counterparts.  They are much easier to fly than helicopters and are able to land in extremely short distances.  The rotor is always in auto-rotation so engine failures are much less of an event than in a helicopter or airplane.  Being a pusher, the view is uninhibited and they are truly a joy to fly.

​Uses for the NANO:

  • Aerial photography

  • Sightseeing

  • Low and Slow FUN!

The NANO is a simple gyroplane that has a cabin and a solid - traditional, riveted, duralumin aviation structure, providing the pilot with a sense of security.  The NANO uses the proven and durable Polini THOR 250DS (dual-ignition) engine, a true aircraft engine for light aircraft (New 50 HP engine now available!!). The chassis of this gyroplane enables take-offs and landings not only on runways but also on unpaved meadow-like areas.  The NANO has a reliable and easy to use pre-rotator. An additional feature is the ease of hangaring the aircraft. After disassembly of the rotor, chassis and tail it takes no more space than a motorcycle.

Technical Data:

  • Dimensions: Rotor diameter 7 m (~23 ft)

  • Length without rotor 3.5 m (11.5 ft)

  • 1.7 m (5.6 ft) wide without rotor

  • 2.4 m (7.87 ft) high

  • Curb weight with coolant and hydraulic fluid 100 kg (220 lbs) (new weight with 50 HP engine will still meet Part 103)

  • Maximum take-off weight 209 kg (460 lbs) (higher gross weight with 50 HP engine; numbers forthcoming)

  • Maximum pilot weight 95 kg (210 lbs) (Will be higher with new 50 HP engine)

  • Fuel tank capacity 20 liters (5 US Gal, limited for US)

Performance Data:

  • Maximum speed Vne 110 km / h (68.3 MPH)

  • Maximum speed Vmax 90 km / h (56 MPH)

  • The speed of the largest climb angle Vx 45 km / h (28 MPH)

  • Minimum speed Vmin 35 km / h (21.7 MPH)

  • Cruising speed 70 km / h (43.5 MPH)

  • Maximum climb 2 m / s (394 FPM) at a speed of 50 km / h (31 MPH) (new climb rate with 50 HP engine TBD; will be significantly greater)

  • Takeoff run about 50 m (164 ft) (will be shorter with new 50 HP engine)

  • Landing distance 0-10 m (0 - 33 ft)

  • Fuel consumption approx. 6-8 l / h (1.5 - 2.1 gal/hr) (will be higher with 50 HP engine)

  • Practical ceiling about 2250 m (7382 ft)

Construction

  • Main supporting structure - metal.

  • Composite carbon composition.

  • The fairing of the cabin and the seat made of carbon-Kevlar composite.

  • Main elastic shin, composite.

  • 20 inch main wheels.

  • Front swingarm, cushioned.

  • 16 inch front wheel.

  • Metal rotor, profile developed by Fusioncopter.

  • Hydraulic prerotation system.

  • POLINI engine, type THOR 250DS with electric starter and dual ignition system, power 36HP. (new Minari Stratos 400, 50 HP, dual ignition with electric start)

Base price:  20,000 euros for Polini version (does not include options, accessories, or shipping; 50 HP version price TBD)

Contact us at gyro103@earthlink.net for a custom quote.

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Copper NANO

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Contact Us

(661) 972-5240

 

FAQs

How many NANO’s are flying today?  What is the break down by country??

We started serial manufacturing in March 2020. So 3 in Poland, 1 Austria, 2 USA, 2 Germany and next 6 under construction, to be delivered this year.

Can you tell me more about the structure of the aircraft?

It is very light due to aluminum riveted structure, vacuum shaped composite carbon and aramid parts and the rotor which is 175 mm not 200 mm as usual in larger gyros.

How do I place an order?

A 30% deposit is required at the time an order is placed.  You would send the deposit to your dealer, at which time the clock would start for your lead time.  Lead time is currently 3 months from when the order is placed.  The remaining 70% plus shipping costs is sent to the dealer once your aircraft is finished and ready to ship.  Then your aircraft is shipped directly to your location.

Does it come as a kit?  What is the build time?

The aircraft comes completely built, only requiring 3 assembly steps from the crates.  Attach the landing gear (4 bolts), attach the tail assembly (4 bolts), and attach the rotor (4 bolts).  Total assembly time could be as low as an hour with two people.  If transporting your Nano to the flying field on a trailer you would only need to attach the rotor to be ready to fly.  This can be done very quickly.

Does the Nano come with instrumentation?

Yes.  It comes with a cockpit instrument called a Motomonitor.  It is a full-color digital display which gives the following information:  

    • Engine data: RPM, EGT, CHT

    • Flight data: Ground speed (GPS), Variometer and Altitude from pressure sensor, direction to start point, logbook

    • Rotor RPM meter

The Nano also comes with a Hall airspeed indicator

Where do I get training to fly the Nano?

There are many Gyro Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) nationwide.  We can help you locate one near you.  You may have to travel to get to one so be prepared.

How many hours of instruction will it take me to learn to fly the Nano?

This varies from person to person.  It will be between you and your instructor and how well you are picking up on the skills.  Some people can solo in their Nano after 10 hours of dual instruction, some people take 20 hours.  Remember that there is no FAA requirement, but your safety is worth taking the time to learn to fly properly!

Can you tell me why I shouldn’t be concerned about the high thrust line?

We have done in depth calculations on the stability taking into account the big tail surfaces, relatively small engine power and pilot weights. The results indicate that this CG is safe. Then we performed flight tests - pilots from 55 kg to 100 kg. And there is no problem in flight. The gyro is perfect in flight.  We know that in US gyro pilots sometimes believe that the CG should be on the thrust line. This was crucial when the tail surfaces were small or did not exist at all. Modern gyrocopters are quite different :)

Can you tell me more about the rotor blades?

They are aluminum extruded.  The rotor blade profile that we have developed is around 10% more effective than NACA 8H12 which is usually used in gyros.

What is the warranty on the Nano?

2 years on the aircraft
1 year on the engine
500 hours on the rotor, at which time the rotor MUST be replaced.
The warranty does not cover hard landings or damage sustained during transport.

What are the expected delivery costs to the United States?

$1600 (depending on an exact address)

 

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