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9 Passenger Turboprop Autogyro

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So in my spare time, I doodle aircraft drawings in mspaint. This is an imaginary 9 passenger utility autogyro with retractable gear which would fit in the same category as the Cessna Caravan and Pilatus PC-12. To me, it's a shame that autogyros always fell in the shadows of conventional airplanes and helicopters and are otherwise mostly restricted to hobbyist pilots in diminutive single or two seat designs. Hypothetically, I would market pic related as a light utility aircraft or business shuttle with extreme STOL performance (note the venturi air scoop on the rotor mast that provides cooling air for the electric pre-spin motor). The rotor can also be folded back for easy storage in a hangar. I've also been pondering a variant with floats but I'm not quite sure how that would pan out.

I figured I should share this with /n/ so that you guys could give it some decent livery (template in next post). In the meantime, we should have an autogyro appreciation thread while we're drawing.