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An original idea from Jaime G.

presented on his behalf by
Alejandro Irausquín,
B.S. in Aeronautical

March 2015

The following presentation of this invention by Jaime G. Sada is aimed at
manufacturers of manned as well as Remotely Piloted (RPAS) gyrocopters.
The invention represents a way to provide gyrocopters with a practical and very
economical device for vertical jump take off. No runways, no expensive and
complex helicopter rotor head devices, no on-board extra power needed only

for takeoff (with the associated dead weight and expense). A (portable)
launching base does the job.
Intellectual Property Rights will be licensed to those interested by Jaime G. Sada.


The Problem:
Fixed pitch rotor gyrocopters can land in

That is why no JTO gyrocopter exist

very short distances, but can’t take off in


the same, unless at low altitudes and cold

gyrocopter manufacturers.

temperatures, carrying very little useful

What if we add a complementary

load and against strong headwinds.

ground system to be used just for takeoff?





Jump Take Off (JTO) systems have been
in development since La Cierva’s C.30
(1933) but the added rotor complexity,
the extra power requirements needed
only for takeoff, added manufacturing
and operational costs and added weight
make them un-competitive.

The simplest solution:
A toy helicopter hinted at a promising

The very same engine could them be


used, i.e.: to generate electrical power.

Place the takeoff extra power (and

For mobility, the base could be made

weight) requirements on a ground

trailerable, and at the same time, carry

based platform with an engine, using

the gyrocopter on it.

the same transmission system of the

existing pre-rotator to spin up the rotor

Restraining elements at the base will

up to the necessary Jump Take Off


RPMs. As the ground engine will not

gyrocopter to prevent it from spinning

go airborne, an inexpensive industrial

and from taking off until the rotor has

or automotive engine can be used.

reached the Jump Take Off RPMs.






After the experience gained by Mr Sada by developing and testing a fixed
wing HTOL RPAS for both civilian and military operations, the need for
runways to support the operations was found to be a critical economical and
practical factor, thus leading to the patenting and development of an HybridVTOL RPAS, which combines an airplane and a quad-rotor.
An evaluation of the regulations, acquisition/operational costs, and

performance of RPAS vs other flying platforms for agricultural missions, urban
transport, and urban surveillance operations (comparing Fixed wing aircraft vs
Gyrocopters vs Helicopters) lead to the conclusion that the gyrocopter was the
safest and most cost effective platform for such tasks, but only if it had

economical & practical Jump Take Off (JTO) capabilities.

A system suitable for deployment of a gyrocopter from reduced spaces
comprising a Ground Based Power Assisted Takeoff System to allow the
gyrocopter to takeoff vertically, without the need of a costly, heavy,
maintenance intensive rotor pitch blade control system and costly and heavy

extra on-board power.


To deploy the gyrocopter (8) from a

defined takeoff area (1), a ground based
power source (2 & 5) is coupled to the
gyrocopter pre-rotator system, while a set
of restraining systems (3 & 4) prevents
displacements of the gyrocopter airframe
due to torque and lift.

Once the gyrocopter’s rotor jump takeoff and propeller takeoff RPMs are achieved, a
release mechanism (6) is actuated to free the gyrocopter from the restraining systems
(4) and the ground based power source (5), resulting in a vertical jump takeoff.

General Arrangement
Takeoff System: (the invention)
1. Takeoff base
2. Ground engine
3. Lateral restraining system

4. Vertical restraining system
5. Base Power Output (P.O.)
6. Release mechanism for 4
7. Remote control for 2 & 6
Suitable gyrocopter:

8. Fixed pitch & pre-rotator
equipped rotor head gyrocopter

Pre-rotator requirements / modifications:
9. Base P.O. to gyrocopter pre-rotator transmission
10.Typical pre-rotator R.H. gears and transmission
11.Gear box interconnecting 9 & 10 transmissions


Pre-rotator modification:
The use of two transmissions
allows for dual pre-rotator use:
By selecting power from the
gyro engine, or by selecting

power from the takeoff base
By this mean, the standard take
off capability provided by the
typical gyro’s engine powered
pre-rotator is retained.

Potential scenarios of operation…
 A manned or remotely piloted agricultural gyrocopter taking off from a
trailerable base near crop fields.
 A





off from



station/medical services rooftop’s base.
 A RPAS gyrocopter taking off from a mobile Ground Control Station base.
 A commuter gyrocopter taking off from an office building rooftop or house
backyard base and flying into an airport and back.

…Potential scenarios of operation
 A leisure/sport gyrocopter taking off from a house backyard base and flying into
a ranch or fishing place, where another take off base could be installed both for
assisting the take off and for electrical power generation.

 A roadable gyrocopter taking off from a house backyard base, flying into an
airport/open field/remote road, and then going anywhere by road!

 All the previous scenarios on high and hot locations & conditions.


The weight, power, and economical facts