I want to ask if it’s possible for a suitable paramotor & trike to be mated with a rotary wing mounted on a rotor mast, in order to make a barebones Gyroplane that comes under FAR103.
A main motivator is that regular paramotor wings have extremely low wing-loading, which makes them less stable than other aircraft, and far more sensitive to turbulence and even air currents. A rotary wing however has much higher wing-loading, and is far more stable in high winds compared to other similarly sized aircraft.
Clearly, controls would have to be rigged up to enable control over the pitch of the rotary wing, as is required in a Gyroplane. Those controls would be more similar to what’s seen on the Powered Parachute Trike as compared to the Powered Paraglider:
Additionally, a pre-rotator would be useful to enable short-roll takeoff.
I was imagining that this kind of setup would be particular compatible with an electric paramotor, since electric favors distributed power, thus enabling power to be conveniently routed first to pre-rotator and then immediately switched over to the paramotor/pusher-prop for takeoff.
Likewise, perhaps the pre-rotator could enable energy recovery from the rotor, following landing. Converting the rotor’s rotational energy into electricity could both help to safe the vehicle once on the ground, as well as usefully put energy into the batteries.
Furthermore, since a Gyroplane on the ground can even have its free-wheeling rotor spinning from the wind, this could be used to charge up batteries out in the field, away from a power outlet (admittedly, this would probably take a long time).
Can it in principle be possible to build a paramotor trike gyroplane and fly it safely?
What factors would have to be taken into consideration?