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What stores sell gyrocopter kits?

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A range of gyrocopter kits is available from AvioMania.com, UFO-HeliThruster.com and SportCopter.com. Aviomania.com's range of gyrocopters includes the G1sa Genesis 912 and Genesis Sport kits. The Genesis features a triangulated frame for maximum pilot safety and a Kevlar reinforcement around the fuel tank. The tail is designed to ensure that the airframe always remains parallel with the rotor's flight path, which helps to keep the craft stable.

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The Genesis kit's tubes and plates are cut to size, but the builder must complete some of the cutting and drilling. AvioMania.com recommends bolting the frame together with small bolts and then drilling through the holes to make them the correct diameter. The Genesis Sport is the convertible model, featuring a fully enclosed canopy that can be switched with a windscreen.

The UFO HeliThruster is sold as a partially assembled kit. The chassis comes fully assembled, but the builder must fit the doors, tail, engine cowl and wheel spats. The builder must also paint the chassis, although the aluminium is anodized. The company estimates the gyrocopter takes around 300 hours to build. A fully assembled version of the HeliThruster is also available.

SportCopter.com's range of gyroplanes includes three single-seater models and one two-seater. The Lightning model is completely open, consisting of a seat with no cabin or windshield. The two Vortex models feature windshields, while the two-seater SportCopter II features a fully enclosed cabin.

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