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SilverLight Aviation

SilverLight Aviation created the first all-American gyroplane with modern sophistication and equipment, built by a proven expert. Gyroplanes like AR1 fly much like fixed wings but with real advantages.

The world's state-of-the-art gyroplanes employ tails with larger vertical and horizontal surface that provide exceptional stability making the rotary-winged aircraft much more predictable to fly. Beside adding stabilizing features companies have partially enclosed the cockpit with half-height fuselages making them more user-friendly than past-generation gyrocopters (the industry-preferred term for the older, less desirable models of many years past).

Along with aerodynamic refiinements, SilverLight's American Ranger 1 (or AR1) has improved seating and creature comforts, offers modern instrumentation, and a high level of fit-and-finish quality. All these improvements found a receptive market and Zephyr Hills Airport-based SilverLight is ready to meet the need. Zephyr Hills is located close to Tampa, Florida.

How is it to fly a gyroplane like AR1? The simplest comment is that with only a couple exceptions, you fly a gyroplane very much like a fixed wing. You use the stick and rudders similarly, although not identically. Your fixed wing skills will prove highly transferable to gyroplanes and most pilots will quickly adapt; you won't have to learn many new tricks.

Many pilots have observed that gyroplanes fly successfully in winds not advised for many other aircraft. The reason is that the rotor blades are spinning through the air at 400 mph making a 25-mph crosswind, for example, relatively insignificant. Combined with a higher wing loading, these aircraft are simply not as vulnerable to winds as are most fixed wing aircraft. More flying; less sitting on the ground waiting for the right conditions

In years past, pilots interested in a modern gyroplane had to buy a foreign product, but no more. SilverLight is contemporary, well-designed and -built, and an all-American design. Top that off with very attractive pricing and you've got a winner in American Ranger 1 (AR1)!

SilverLight Aviation

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Address: 40420 Free Fall Avenue
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City: Zephyrhills, FL 33542 USA
Phone: (813) 786-8290

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  SPLOG Flying America’s First Homegrown Modern Gyroplane, 07/22/2016
SPLOG begins: Once upon a time... gyrocopters were an American invention. Igor Benson was such an important pioneer that many fixed wing pilots refer to all such flying machines as "Bensen gyros." Starting in the 1950s, he hit on a good combination of ideas that made
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  Apollo -- Apollo Fox
A Hungarian design from a company called Apollo built this familiar looking aircraft. But now, it is primarily assembled in the USA, in Florida. Apollo Fox may look like a familiar older design but in fact, Apollo Fox has experienced several changes. One of them for example, it a taller vertical tail that helps bring very cooperative handling. The wings fold, too.
  SPLOG Fixed Wing or Flexible...TampaBay Has Choices, 06/09/2008
SPLOG begins: Our SLSA (Special Light-Sport Aircraft) List is popular with visitors and often generates a heads-up from alert readers about some new SLSA approval that snuck under my radar. This time the heads-up made me aware of new models in two forms. *** Please
Delta Jet 912    Add to favorites list
  SPLOG Atec Faeta Is Number 36 to Win SLSA Approval, 06/09/2006
SPLOG begins: You may know its sibling, the Zephyr , which was present at last year's LSA Mall at AirVenture Oshkosh . Some 90 Zephyrs are flying, mostly around Europe. But the Czech producer's U.S. importer, Atec Aircraft , went forward with certifying the Faeta (pronounced


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  SPLOG Searey Now Completely Ready to Enter China, 08/05/2015
SPLOG begins: Icon recently won FAA acceptance as the California company demonstrated meeting ASTM standards for their A5 seaplane and made a big show out of delivering the first airplane to EAA Young Eagles ... the same move, by the way, as Cessna did with their Skycatcher.

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