How Trendak Gyrocopters Outperform all the Competition:

2017 Gyrocopter Competition Results:

Pilot

Country

Aircraft - Manufacturer

Total Points

Alojzy Dernbach
Poland
Zen1 - Trendak

8679

Dariusz Szymanczak
Poland
Tercel - Trendak

8598

Marcin Majsterek
Poland
Tercel - Trendak

8309

Konstantin Luzhetskii
Russia
MTO Sport - Autogyro

5424

"Top Gun" pilots enter the European competitions, flying the aircraft of their choice. Pilots competed against other pilots flying aircraft in the same "class". See the Gyrocopter class results in the chart at the right.

So, how is it that every single pilot flying a Trendak gyrocopter, outperformed all the other pilots in any other brand of gyro? There were 3 pilots flying Trendak Tercels. They won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. (Note that the Zen1 shown in the chart, is the original name of the Tercel.) There were also 3 pilots flying Autogyro MTO Sport gyrocopters in the competition, from 3 different countries. One pilot flew an ALA Eclipse 10.

We had one of the champion pilots, Dariusz, at our headquarters in Utah, the week following the competition. He said that he put in many hours of practice, especially trying to nail the engine-out landings. In fact, he only came in second place because he was less than one meter further from the landing X than the winner, which cost him the points difference. So pilot skill played a big role. But then he told us the other reasons the pilots flying Trendak aircraft won easily. (Note that fourth place finished nearly 3,000 points behind the third place pilot.)

Trendak aircraft won on take-off distance because their Rotax 912 engines have 20 more horsepower than the competition. They have a custom turbocharger, develop at the aeronautical institute at the University of Warsaw in Poland, which gives them 135 horsepower, compared to 115 horsepower for the standard Rotax 914 turbocharged engine. They also have a better pre-rotator which gets them up to near take-off rotor speed before they even start taxiing.

So how did Trendak aircraft also win on fuel economy and distance (using only the allotted 10 liters of fuel) with all that power? Their turbocharger is adjustable, to stay at maximum efficiency. They beat the competition by nearly double.

What about navigation? Having windows in the floor, gives the Trendak pilots an enormous visibility advantage. The results prove that.

And landing accuracy, especially the engine-out test? Well Trendak gyroplanes have a better rotorblade, that maintains enertia much better. The design for the rotorblade was also developed at the University of Warsaw. That and the visibility of looking through the floor make for much more precise landings.

To top off their superiority, the Polish pilots racked up more points in total, than any of the teams from any other countries flying any other class of aircraft as well. The Trendak aircraft beat all other classes of aircraft in the tasks of the competition.
Seven more reasons Trendak Gyrocopters are much better than the competition:
Dual tail boom with dual rudders - more stability, more control.
Much wider and more effective horizontal stabilizer - Stabilizer is 2 feet wider than Autogyro Cavalon, and is positioned in the centerline of the prop thrust. More stability
Better rotor blade design - More enertia in low speed operations, or engine out landings, or recovering from acrobatic moves. More safety.
Wider wheel stance - Much wider wheels means more stability on the ground especially when taxiing on grass and dirt landing strips. It also means a broader base when landing. More safety
Open bottom of engine compartment - No heat build-up, which is a common problem with the Autogyro Cavalon, fully enclosed engine. Also, easier inspection of fuel lines and filters.
More space between passengers in cabin - More comfort, but also much easier to trouble shoot and maintain all of the control cables and sensor wires in the chase between the seats. (This nearly impossible in the Autogyro Cavalon's tiny tube between the seats.)
Windows in floor and in ceiling - much more visibility in the cabin, for sightseeing, navigation, and easier landings.