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From Autogiro to Gyroplane: The Amazing Survival of an Aviation Technology
From Autogiro to Gyroplane: The Amazing Survival of an Aviation Technology
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Predating the invention of the helicopter by two decades, the Autogiro was the world's first rotary-wing aircraft. The helicopter had the advantageous ability to rise straight up, while the Autogiro/gyroplane could only taxi...

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  • Book Description Publication Date: July 30, 2003 | ISBN-10: 1567205038 | ISBN-13: 978-1567205039 Predating the invention of the helicopter by two decades, the Autogiro was the world's first rotary-wing aircraft. The helicopter had the advantageous ability to rise straight up, while the Autogiro/gyroplane could only taxi. Yet the gyroplane was safer and more stable; both aircraft should have had value in market. Why did the helicopter survive and prosper, while the Autogiro became a nearly forgotten historical footnote? Why didn't the Autogiro catch on, and why is it being revived today? This is the first book to tell the fascinating 80-year history of today's gyroplane and its antecedent, the Autogiro. Charnov explains that the near-eclipse of the Autogiro was caused by a potent combination of bad luck, the impact of the Great Depression and World War II, and egregious business decisions. Only by understanding the amazing manner in which this aviation technology has persisted and evolved can one fully understand the basis for its future. In contrast to the fate of the Autogiro, the gyroplane's unfolding story is characterized by successful business models, effective decision making, and the emergence of cutting-edge technology. The survival of the gyroplane may be a paradigm for the persistence of earlier, less complex technologies, and its future relies on grasping its colorful history.
  • Review "Bruce Charnov has written an exceptional book, and the first to tell in detail the quite extraordinary story of 80-years of autorotational flight. It should prove to be a valuable reference resource for many years to come."-British Rotorcraft Association Members' Magazine Book Description Charnov tells the 80-year history of the Autogiro, a rotary-wing aircraft that predated the helicopter by two decades and that was almost lost to history before its resurrection as the gyrocopter in the 1950s and 1960s. Product Details Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Praeger (July 30, 2003) Language: English ISBN-10: 1567205038 ISBN-13: 978-1567205039 Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.3 inches Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews) Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,800,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Did we miss any relevant features for this product? Tell us what we missed. Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price? More About the Author
  • Most Helpful Customer Reviews 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Lays out the entire and intriguing 80-year history October 18, 2003 By Midwest Book Review Format:Hardcover From Autogiro To Gyroplane: The Amazing Survival Of An Aviation Technology by Bruce H. Charnov (Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Management, Entrepreneurship and General Business Department of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, Hempstead, Long Island, New York) superbly lays out the entire and intriguing 80-year history of rotary-wing aircraft. Seeking answers to the question of why the helicopter thrived, while the safer and more stable (if less versatile), gyroplane was nearly forgotten, From Autogiro To Gyroplane deftly and comprehensively examines the impacts of the Great Depression and World War II upon these motorized aircrafts, as well as the simply bad business decisions, and the lessons that the fate and persistence of the gyroplane has for other old, long lasting, yet ultimately fully functional technologies. From Autogiro To Gyroplane is a unique and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Aviation History collections. Comment | Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
  • 10 of 13 people found the following review helpful 3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile if read with some skepticism July 8, 2006 By JPH Format:Hardcover Charnov has done a creditable job of presenting a history of the Autogiro. This effort joins the small library available on the subject, the current gold standard being "Cierva Autogiros" by Peter Brooks, who in addition to his writing abilities is technically qualified to discuss the subject. Though Charnov has obviously expended much effort in gathering, sifting and organizing information on the Autogiro, his greatest weakness is his lack of technical understanding of the aircraft. For the casual reader, this deficiency is probably unnoticeable; however, since books of this type tend to attract a somewhat technically aware audience, the frequent and inaccurate use of terms and descriptions detracts from the book. The discussion of the Fairey Gyrodyne completely misses the point of what made this third type of rotorcraft (including gyroplane and helicopter) so technologically significant. Also, the title, "From Autogiro to Gyroplane," is misleading since the latter term is merely a generic definition for autorotational aircraft which automatically includes the trademarked Autogiro; the title is analogous to "From Chevrolet to Automobile." This book's greatest failure is the implication that the Bensen Gyrocopter and its derivatives are the natural successors to the Autogiro. The Autogiro was developed, constructed, and operated by aviation professionals. This produced the outstanding safety record of the Autogiro even though each successive aircraft included significant technical or operational advances over its predecessor. This work laid the foundation for today's rotary wing aircraft industry. Read more › Comment | Was this review helpful to you? Yes No 3 of 3 people found the following review help
  • 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Complete History of the Autogiro December 21, 2004 By Matthew G. Bisanz Format:Hardcover I have read Dr. Charnov's book and actually had the chance to take him as a professor at Hofstra University. I must say that this book is the most complete account I have ever read on any aviation technology. Dr. Charnov really put his heart in this book and has done his homework in researching obscure facts like the Rotodyne and the direct control mechanism. Its a great read for any aviation buff. Comment | Was this review helpful to you? Yes No 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and complete, perhaps too much so. October 7, 2005 By Charles Hall Format:Hardcover|Amazon Verified Purchase The book is superbly researched and seems to include every scrap of autogiro history from the beginning right up through the ultra-lights of the present day. Each period is given it's due and no enthusiast will be disappointed by the coverage of his or her special interest. Excellent bibliography and further reading suggestions as well.
The Gyroplane Flight Manual
The Gyroplane Flight Manual
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This is the world's most popular book on amateur-built gyroplanes. It introduces these unique helicopter-like aircraft that have become popular worldwide for sport flying. Thousands of pilots now take to the sky in these small, maneuverable aircraft that they themselves have built...

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