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(1st July 2011)

Magni Gyro makes a hit with US dept of Justice

Magni Gyro is proud to have participated in the U.S. Annual Department of Justice, National

Institute of Justice advanced aviation technology event held at Chesapeake Sport Pilot - Bay-

Bridge, Maryland on June 8th-9th. 2011.

The attractions of the event included four Magni M-16 Tandem Trainers that made the 1200-mile

(1900km) round trip from Missouri, and the recently delivered M24 ORION that will be evaluated

by the department of justice to patrol the skies and improve safety for the police departments of


At the end of the two-day event demonstrating the safety, maneuverability, and efficiency of

Gyroplanes to multiple police agencies, our M24 ORION has been flown to Somerset, Kentucky to

be operated by The Center for Rural Development, a technologies promotion organization

partnering with the Department of Justice, NIJ technologies development program.

During the next months, the Center will evaluate the features of this gyro for natural environment

observation and patrolling.

We are incredibly pleased and honored to have been chosen by the U.S. DOJ with whom we

hope to establish a long-term partnership.

Particular thanks go to our American dealer Mr. Greg Gremminger who has fully supported us in

this unique challenge!

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From Houston Texas

by BRYAN KIRK, HOUSTON CHRONICLE published March 29, 2011 5:09 pm

It's not a bird, and it's not a plane, but it is one the most innovative tools in the Tomball Police Department's crime-fighting arsenal.

The gyrocopter, which made its American law enforcement debut last week when it took to the skies above the Tomball German Heritage Festival, is a lightweight flying machine that isn't being used anywhere else in the United States.

"It's an amazing piece of police equipment," Police Chief Robert Hauck said. "We're excited for the city."

The gyrocopter, Hauck said, will be used in different ways, such as performing search-and-rescue missions and patrols to deter criminal activity.

Other uses include patrolling community events and conducting surveillance work when high-risk warrants are served.

On March 21, Tomball City Council accepted a service agreement from the U.S. Department of Justice to research and evaluate the gyrocopter.

According to the agreement, the police department will provide the Justice Department with feedback on the gyrocopter over a year.


Tim Aldeman, project manager for aviation for the Justice Technology Information Network, said the Justice Department began looking at the gyrocopter as a viable law enforcement tool in May after learning of the successes experienced by the British Civil Air Patrol and other European law enforcement agencies.

Aldeman said that while success can be difficult to quantify, the agency considers issues such as ease of operation, the safety record of the aircraft and whether it can be an effective in aerial observation.

"So far, the preliminary testing and evaluation we've done have indicated strong positives in all those categories," Aldeman said.

While the Tomball Police Department is the only law enforcement agency using and evaluation the gyrocopter, Aldeman said other departments are looking at other aerial options, such as unmanned aircraft, powered parachutes and small airplanes.

"The information we'll receive from Tomball will help us educate other agencies," Aldeman said.

Meanwhile, the Tomball Police Department has selected several police officers who will serve as command pilots and tactical flight officers, all of whom have begun flight training, and those officers will fall under the jurisdiction of the department's patrol division.


Capt. Rick Grassi, who leads the patrol division, said it was an exciting time to be involved with a ground breaking law-enforcement tool like the Gyrocopter.

"This is excellent," Grassi said. "We've done a good job of staying on top of technology and doing things that will allow us to do a better job. People have a tendency to change their behavior when they see a black-and-white on the ground, but if we can get a birds' eye view, maybe we can use this as a deterrent."

By Lisa Tindel

The Brewton Standard
ESCO seeking new aircraft

Published 11:31am Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department may increase their search and investigation capabilities from the air soon.
Sheriff Grover Smith said plans to add a new aircraft to the equipment owned by the Department is in the hands of the Washington, D.C., officials.
“I’ll be heading to Washington, D.C., next week to make a presentation on how we could best utilize this kind of equipment,” Smith said. “I feel really good about our chances to win the grant that will allow us to add the equipment.”
The equipment being sought is a gyrocopter, which, Smith says, will be able to perform like a helicopter without the large price tag or operating expenses.
“This gyrocopter will do anything that a helicopter can do,” Smith said. “Instead of a $3 million price tag and a cost of about $1,500 an hour to operate, this aircraft has a price tag of about $275,000.00 including top of the range camera equipmentand and only costs about $67.00 per hour to operate.”
Smith said the addition of the equipment will be beneficial for the Escambia County Department, but would also be available to assist other departments in the area.
“We already own the Powachute and have demonstrated how beneficial that has been for our Department and allowing us to help others,” Smith said. “We took the Powachute to North Alabama and helped search for missing people after the tornadoes ripped through the state. We were able to search a large area in a short amount of time by being in the air. We were able to do in a couple of hours what would have taken a couple of days if done from the ground.”
Smith said the Department has also assisted prison dog tracking teams throughout the region since acquiring the Powachute.
“We have helped countless times in assisting dog teams from area prisons,” Smith said. “We’ve been to Okaloosa County and in Talladega with the police department there. This equipment has been used all over the state.”
Smith said the proven record of using current equipment should be a boost in the attempt at the equipment grant being sought by the Department.
“We’ve got a proven record that we put all of our equipment to good use,” Smith said. “I feel really good about our chances to win this grant. We’ve done our homework and have letters of support from agencies where we’ve used the equipment. With all that we’ve done, I think we’re in good shape.”
Smith said the gyrocopter will be less prohibitive than the Powachute because of construction.
“The gyrocopter has a cockpit that is mostly closed,” Smith said. “This piece of equipment will be less prohibitive than the Powachute which can’t be flown in winds of 25 mph or more. This equipment can be flown in 20 mph winds or 90 mph winds. It’s far less prohibitive and has a good record for safety and efficiency.”
Smith said the meeting with officials is set for mid-week in Washington, D.C. and hopes to have a decision on the day of his presentation.
“I hope to know something when I leave Washington,” Smith said. “I feel good about our chances to add this equipment to the Department.”


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