Since 1997 the Xenon brand has been a quality icon among ultrlight aircraft, with a unique combination of high standards in design and ergonomics creating the safest, most comfortable and best performance ultralight gyrocopter on the market.
But it’s not just our opinion. The Xenon was awarded the Grand Champion Award for gyrocopters at the prestigious Airventure Oshkosh USA in 2015.
The Xenon is a professionally-built aircraft consisting of a single carbon fiber composite cabin structure, equipped with all necessary reinforcements at load points.
It can be supplied in 2, 3 or 4-seater configurations, with a spacious and heated cabin that offers unmatched comfort levels. The cabin is 125 cm wide, with large doors and curved 3mm-thick Plexiglass panels that provide near-unlimited all-round visibility - better than the Cessna 152.
The Xenon also offers luggage space with a total capacity of 250 liters (66 gal) or 500 l (130 gal) for the C-44 variant.
An extraordinary cabin strength provides 15G resistance (fifteen times the force of gravity, several times that sustainable by people), offering unparalleled safety to the crew. It can be said that this type of carbon fibre monocoque construction is at the leading edge in gyrocopter design.
The helicopter-type instrument panel contains all the necessary instruments and accessories. The central console is ergonomically designed to provide easy access to all levers and switches, from either side.
The undercarriage consists of two fixed wheels mounted on stiff but flexible struts either side at the rear of the cabin, with a front wheel that can be steered by the ruder pedals. The main wheels can be fitted wtih wider tyres for operation on rough ground such as tundra.
The rotor is equipped with a hydraulic brake, as are the main wheels, controlled by the pilot collective.
Two multi-position ergonomic bucket seats are installed, made of composite, finished in leather, with heating option. These provide shock absorption. Each seat is equipped with an adjustable three-point harness.
The Xenon is equipped with full dual controls, both rudder pedals and stick, for the left and right-hand seats. The side-by-side positioning of the crew offers unparalleled communication, both verbal and visual, between the pilots, an invaluable aid in training.
The control surfaces consist of two vertical stabiliers (that each incorporate rudders, operated by bowden cables) and a bridging symmetrical horizontal stabiliser. This arrangement guarantees excellent efficiency and control, being placed symmetrically in the slipstream of the airflow around the cabin and behind the propeller. The use of a horizontal stabiliser to bridge a wide twin boom tail results in high stability and easy, precise control.
The Xenon is powered by Rotax motors of varying power (100,115,122, 135 hp) according to your choice. It is equipped with a three-blade composite Kaspar propeller that offers the option of manual or automatic pitch control via an hydraulic system.
Two coupled 42 l fuel tanks allow more than 4 hours of endurance. At an airspeed of about 130 km/h we can achieve over 500 km range, with additional range possible if using an optional flexible ferry tank.
The rotors can be supplied in 8.4 / 8,6 / 8,8 m length, manufactured and supplied by AIRCOPTER. The rotor blades are extruded aluminum with balance weights at the ends of the blades. The blades are completely anodized and finely balanced as a pair, with rotor hub. The 8H12 profile offers an excellent compromise between generating the lift required for horizontal flight, while offering excellent performance during pre-rotation. The vibration level is close to zero. The rotor head is extremely solid. This combination provides increased service life and reduced maintenance. The rotor, after dismantling for transport, can be packed into a 4m long box
Safety of gyrocopters.
Xenon is a gyrocopter and is classified as an ultra light aircraft. How do gyrocopters differ from helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft?
Regarding the difference with helicopters, the rotor on a gyrocopter is driven not by the engine, but by air flowing up through the rotor disc. To get the rotor turning initially, a special mechanism that is temporarily engaged with the engine allows the engine to ‘pre-rotate’ the rotor to about 220 rpm while on the ground. After that, the pre-rotator is disengaged and from then on the angle of the rotor disc, coupled with the forward motion driven by the propeller, drives air up through the disc and continues to spin the rotor at about 350 rpm in a mode that is called ‘autorotation’.
In contrast, a helicopter rotor, directly driven by its engine, always pulls air from above while under power. In the event of a power failure, the helicopter must reverse the air flow direction across the rotor disc to enter ‘autorotation’, the normal condition for a gyrocopter. In the time it takes to reverse this airflow, the helicopter is in free-fall, which can create a dangerous ring vortex, threatening to create a phenomemon known as "cooking in your own air”, leading to an uncontrolled descent. In the Xenon there is no such possibility, because the rotor is always in autorotation, with the airflow upwards through the disc. Additionally, the Xenon’s rotor system is extremely simple, requiring little or no maintenance, compared to the complexity of a helicopter rotor.
Regarding fixed-wing aircraft, in the event of engine failure, a fixed-wing aircraft must find a straight and flat piece of land, about 150m long or more, without obstructions nearby, to land safely. From a cruising height of 2000’, a small aircraft may only be able fly about 3 n.m. before landing. This severely reduces the pilot’s chances of finding a suitable landing zone. The Xenon, on the other hand, is able to land in as little as 5m, even in zero wind. So finding a suitable landing site becomes much easier and more likely.
GRAND CHAMPION AWARD FOR THE GYROPLANE
AT AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH USA 2015
Read more about Executive
The Xenon 4 Executive is the access to a real professional gyroplane adhering to the new 560 kg MTOW regulations.
Over the last 13 years the XENON became an icon for flying qualities.It is a combination of the highest standards of safety and ergonomics design. The cabin is manufactured from carbon into a one piece monocoque structure, similar to a Formula 1 racing car, providing additional safety to the Crew. The Xenon 4 Executive is the first class version to exceed all your expectations incorporating:
electric trim*, improved landing gear, new brakes and wheels, variable pitch propeller*, LED landing lights & strobes, cabin heating dual with thermostat*, new prerotation system (up to 250 rpm), noise abatement with new exhaust and aftermuffler*, 135 Hp improved power by a new constant torque turbo system.
It is supported by a professional team to ensure after sales service and maintenance to the clients i.e. with an online parts ordering system.
As well it is manufactured in an industrial manner, complying with ISO9001 procedures. The industrialization process now in place, allows a high level of precision and repetitive actions.
The newly designed Instrument panel has been created to correlate to professional avionics and GPS systems.
The Cabin now offers a even more comfortable and spacious environment than ever before. In conjunction with its high cruising speed and the improved aerodynamics the new Xenon 4 could also be used for long distance travelling with ease, supporting you with a respective luggage compartment.
The comfortable and ergonomically shaped leather seats together with the high class internal finishing ensures that your flight is pleasant all the way. And the doors have been changed in Form, Size and Fixation.
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Over the last 13 years the XENON became an icon for flying qualities. It is a combination of the highest standards of safety and ergonomics design.
Read more about Sport
The Xenon IV Sport is the access gateway to a professional gyroplane adhering to the new 560 kg MTOW regulations, at an entry-level price.
Over the last 13 years the XENON has became an icon for flying qualities. It has always offered a powerful combination of the highest safety standards and great ergonomic design. The cabin is now a one-piece carbon-fibre monocoque structure, similar to a Formula 1 racing car, both reducing weight and providing additional safety to the crew.
We keep things simple and effective.
The Xenon 4 Sport is the entry level to your personal flying experience, or an ideal and cost effective member of your flying school fleet.
The Xenon 4 is professionally supported by our team to ensure quality after sales service and maintenance support to our clients, with a web-based online parts ordering system. Additionally, the Xenon 4 is manufactured according to leading industrial best practices, complying with ISO9001 quality standards.
The quality management processes now in place allow a high level of precision in quality control, combined with repeatable performance.
The newly designed Instrument panel has been created to accommodate professional avionics. The Cabin now offers an even more comfortable and spacious environment than ever before. The comfortable and ergonomic leather seats, together with top-quality internal finishing throughout, ensures that your flight is pleasant all the way.
With its high cruising speed and improved aerodynamics, the new Xenon 4 can be used for long distance travelling with ease, and now includes a dedicated luggage compartment.
Finally, the doors have been redesigned in form, size and fixation to further increase accessibility, comfort and safety.
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The next level to the mighty XENON 4 is the three seater XL
Read more about Xenon XL
The Xenon 4 XL replaces the previous known Xenon 2 and 3 XL. It uses the efficient Xenon 4 airframe, internally reconfigured for up to three passengers adhering to the new 560 kg MTOW regulations.
Over the last 13 years the XENON became an icon for flying qualities. It is a combination of the highest standards of safety and ergonomics design. The cabin is manufactured from carbon into a one piece monocoque structure, similar to a Formula 1 racing car, providing additional safety to the Crew.
The central box has been redesigned to accommodate the central pilot position and the comfortable and ergonomically shaped seats together with the high class internal finishing ensures that your flight is pleasant all the way. As well the new back seats are more comfortable than before and more reclined. Passengers will also enjoy a new footrest. The instrument panel and control systems are fully redesigned, modern and ergonomic and the doors
have been changed in Form, Size and Fixation.
The Xenon 4 XL is supported by a professional team to ensure after sales service and maintenance to the clients i.e. with an online parts ordering system. As well it is manufactured in an industrial manner, complying with ISO9001 procedures. The industrialization process in place, allows a high level of precision and repetitive actions.
In conjunction with its high cruising speed and the improved aerodynamics the new Xenon 4 XL could also be used for long distance travelling with ease. Off course the Xenon 4-XL is also a fabulous single or double seat with great space for luggage.
The use of this version may be subject to specific rules and regulations in your country.
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