|Magni M 16 Tandem Trainer|
Founded as VPM in 1976 by Vittorio Magni, this company developed the single-seat MT5 and two-seat MT7 gyrocopters. It was renamed Magni Gyro in 1996 and currently produces a range of ultralight autogyros, including the open-cockpit single-seat M 18 Spartan and two-seat M 14 Scout and M 16 Tandem Trainer. In total, around 300 examples were active at the beginning of 2002. The M 20 and M 21 are in development, but the M 19 is not expected to enter production.
MAGNI M 16 TANDEM TRAINER
TYPE: Two-seat autogyro ultralight.
PROGRAMME: Current production Magni aircraft.
CURRENT VERSIONS: Tandem Trainer: As described.
M 16-2000T: One aircraft (c/n 022074) supplied by manufacturer in September 2003 and modified to United Kingdom BCAR Section T standards for 'Golden Eagle’ world circumnavigation expedition (www.globaleagle. co.uk), then due to begin in February 2004.
DESIGN FEATURES: Open, tandem seating. Pod and boom fuselage with sweptback tailplane and triple fins; rudder on central fin only.
STRUCTURE: Chrome-alloy 4130 steel; TIG welded: glass fibre pod.
LANDING GEAR: Fixed tricycle type.
POWER PLANT: One turbocharged 84.6kW Rotax 914 UL flat-four with electric starter, driving a ground-adjustable pitch, three-blade, carbon fibre pusher propeller. Fuel in integral cockpit seat/tank of epoxy/glass fibre, capacity 50 litres.
EQUIPMENT: Optional 150 litre agricultural spray gear.
Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 2004-2005