Bauer BAD-12 Gyrotrainer


Bauer’s BAD-12 Gyrotrainer is a two-seater very much in the Magni style, but it has some interesting features of its own. A tailwheel allows the pilot to climb out steeply with confidence and the downward kink of the tailboom gives clearance for a generously sized prop. Power comes from a Rotax 912S, a Rotax 914 or a Subaru. A fully enclosed version, the Gyrotrainer C (for Cabine), is also offered.

The Bauer BAD-12 Gyrotrainer is a Czech autogyro, designed and produced by Bauer Avion of Prague. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.

The BAD-12 Gyrotrainer features a single main rotor, a two seats in tandem open cockpit with a windshield, tricycle landing gear with wheel pants, a triple tail and a four cylinder, air and liquid-cooled, four-stroke, dual-ignition 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS engine in pusher configuration. The turbocharged 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914 and Subaru EJ22 are optional engines.

The aircraft fuselage is made from tubing, while the cockpit fairing is composite. The main rotor has a diameter of Its 8.70 m (28.5 ft). The BAD-12 has an empty weight of 284 kg (626 lb) and a gross weight of 450 kg (990 lb), giving a useful load of 166 kg (366 lb). The tricycle landing gear is supplemented with a small tailwheel to prevent dragging the tail on take-off. The tailboom has a bend in it to permit the installation of larger and more efficient propellers.


BAD-12 Gyrotrainer - Base open cockpit model.
BAD-12 Gyrotrainer C - "Cabine" model with a fully enclosed fairing.