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Air Command International Tandem


The Air Command Commander Elite is a two-seat kitbuilt autogyro. Construction of the tandem-seat F-30 began in late 1999 with the first flight was made on 1 March 2000, and a public debut at Sun 'n' Fun, April 2000. A side-by-side version of the F-30 has been introduced.

The Commander Elite features an open cockpit with a range of options and many subassemblies preconstructed by the factory. Quoted build time was 100 hours.
With pre-drilled and anodised 6061-T6 tubular airframe, with a 5 x 5cm tubing used for mast. With an optional glass fibre enclosure, the F-30 has aluminium rudder and composites horizontal stabiliser and tailfins. The optional enclosure givies 10-15 mph higher cruise speed.

The landing gear is of fixed tricycle type with glass fibre speed fairings, aluminium suspension system with Hager wheels and brakes on all wheels, the mainwheel with hydraulic brakes. The nose wheel is fully castoring with a leg of 4130 steel tube and 6.00x6 Azusa tyres: 7.6cm tailwheel.

The pilot and passenger sit in tandem on Elite F-30 and side by side on Elile F-30ES.

Basic engine instrumentation is provided with each kit, and options include hydraulic pre-rorator and clutch reduction drive on F-30; and pre-rotator, C Box upgrade and electric start on F-30ES. Optional is a New Horizons Components gyro recovery system rocket-powered ballistic parachute. Fuel capacity is 37.9 litres in two seat tanks; and an optional 68.1 litre seat tank.

Versions were:
Elite F-30: Basic version, with Hirth F-30 engine.
Elite F-30ES: As F-30, but side-by-side seating.
Elite Mazda: As F-30, but with more powerful engine; withdrawn 2002.
Over 200 kits had been sold by the end of 2002.
The kit pricee in 2001 were:
Tandem light weight without engine: $12,570
Tandem heavy weight without engine: $14,235
F-30 Tandem, basic kit: $19,975
F-30 Tandem, all options: $24,975
Mazda Tandem, basic kit: $22,975
Mazda Tandem, all options: $28,450
The 2003 kit prices were: F-30 US$22,475; F-30ES USS21,792, both including engine.
Engine options include the 67 hp Rotax 582, 100-120 hp Arrow or the original 82.0kW Hirth F-30 driving a 68”four-blade Warp Drive propeller and 27’ x 8” Sky Wheels composite rotor blades. Tandems reach speeds up to 120 mph with a 160-hp engine or 110 mph with a 110-hp Hirth F-30, while the side-by-side can get up to only 85 mph with the F-30. A Patrol version came fully equipped with options.

Engine: Rotax 582
Width: 5’7”
Height: 8’10”
Length: 13’5”
Empty wt: 450 lb
Useful load: 685 lb
Gross wt: 1135 lb
Min speed: 20 mph
Cruise: 75 mph
Top speed: 105 mph

Tandem 1000

Engine: Arrow 1000, 100 hp
Speed max: 105 mph
Cruise: 75 mph
ROC: 1000 fpm
Take-off dist: 300 ft
Landing dist: 0-5 ft
Service ceiling: 10,000 ft
Fuel cap: 12 USG
Weight empty: 380 lb
Gross: 1000 lb
Height: 8.9 ft
Length: 13.4 ft
Disk span: 27 ft
Seats: 2
Landing gear: nose or tail wheel

Tandem Subaru
Engine: Subaru EJ22, 135 hp
Propellor: 3 blade 68"
Rotorblades: 28-29' Dragon Wings, Sky Wheels
Take off roll: 350'-750'
Cruise: 65-95 mph
Fuel Consumption: 3-5 gph

Tandem Mazda

Engine: Mazda 13B Rotary, 170 hp
Height: 8.9 ft
Length: 14 ft
Disk span: 29 ft
Empty weight: 700 lb
Gross weight: 1500 lb
Fuel capacity: 14 USG
Max speed: 120 mph
Cruise: 75 mph
Rate of climb: 1000 fpm
Takeoff dist: 350-700 ft
Landing dist: 0-20 ft
Service ceiling: 10,000 ft
Seats: 2

Tandem Hirth F-30

Engines: Hirth F-30, 110 hp
Propeller: Warp Drive 68"
Rotor Blades: 28-29' / 8.53m Dragon Wings, Sky Wheels
Width: 6'2" / 1.88m
Height: 9' / 2.74m
Length: 13'5" / 4.09m
Empty Weight: 490 lbs / 222kg
Useful Load: 420 lbs
Gross Weight: 910 lbs / 578kg
Max. operating speed: 177km/h
Min Speed: 20 mph / 33km/h
Cruising speed: 121-129km/h
Top Speed: 75-80 mph
Max rate of climb at sea level: 366m/min
Service ceiling: 3050m
Take-off run: 31-76m
Landing run: 0-6m

Tandem Hirth F-30ES
Rotor diameter: 8.84m
Fuselage length: 3.25m
Height to top of rotor head: 2.13m
Width: 1.70m
Max. take-off weight: 412kg
Empty weight: 141kg
Max. operating speed: 135km/h
Cruising speed: 105km/h
Min flying speed: 36km/h
Service ceiling: 3050m
take-off run: 31-76m
Landing run: 0-6m


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