Schramm’s association with flying began in 1958 when he built and flew a Bensen Gyrocopter. He studied at California Polytechnic State University and eventually was drafted into the military where he worked on missles as an electronics technician at the White Sands Proving Ground. There he did design and drawings and began to formulate a plan for building a helicopter that the average pilot could afford. After his discharge in 1967, he immediately entered helicopter manufacturing and started his own company, Rotorway, with the goal of producing his own designs.
After Schramm’s health began to fail in 1987, he made some poor business decisions and failed to put the right people in charge of operations during his absence. This resulted in the company declaring bankruptcy in 1990.
After leaving Rotorway, Schramm moved to Nampa, Idaho, and began to develop a new engine for Dan Denney.
By the time he returned to the drawing board, the Rotax 582 and 618 were on the market and the power to weight ration that would suit his design. Almost three years later, he accomplished his goal of landing on War Eagle Mountain. Funds were short so Schramm formed Eagle R&D LLC to try to gain some financial backing.
1997: 2203 S. 10th Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605, USA.
2009: Eagle Research & Development, 2321 Hemingway Blvd, Nampa, Idaho, USA