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    Question Cheapest gyrocopter engine

    I would like to know what the cheapest, easiest engine to put on a ultralight gyrocopter? would like the speed to go around 80 to 90 mph.

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    Re: Cheapest gyrocopter engine

    Wanta,

    How much horsepower do you need? Are you looking for new or used? Check http://www.barnstormers.com for used engines. Reliable U/L engines aren't cheap.

    Hirth engines have moderate initial cost with a good warrantee. But then their parts prices are astronomical, and their reliability is questionable, and you better know how to tune carbs. http://www.recpower.com/hirth.htm

    A lot of the micro-helicopters are using the MZ202, which can put out over 60 Hp continuously and reliably. It's fairly expensive, but parts are reasonable. http://www.compactradialengines.com/engines.html

    Rotax is the most common U/L engine... well proven, readily available used, but a bit on the heavy side, since they're really snowmobile based engines.
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    Re: Cheapest gyrocopter engine

    One of the biggest gyrocopter fly-ins in the country is Sept. 19th through 21st in Olney, TX at the ASC Nationals. I went last year... more gyros than anything else... friendly, helpful folks. If you're really serious about getting a gyro, be there.
    http://www.aerosports.org/2008_nationals.htm
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