While popular in general aviation as a low-cost and fun form of flight, the autogyro has never really made it big in the commercial world. Thousands of home- and factory-built machines are in private use, and a handful have even found their way into the hands of law-enforcement agencies. Qatar even uses some for limited search-and-rescue missions. But a team of engineers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR ) believe the gyrocopter’s attributes may have the makings of the perfect ...

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