Jointly developed by Ernie Boyette and Dick DeGraw, the L.F.I.N.O. is a proof of concept vehicle designed to explore the possibilities of incorporating V.T.O.L. technology and advanced fuselage aerodynamics into the modern gyroplane for police and para-military use.
Using a fully articulated 3-bladed rotor system developed in-house, the L.F.I.N.O. will be able to perform zero roll takeoff and landings, enabling operators to use tightly confined areas usually accessible only by more expensive helicopters. A partially-powered rotor system also minimizes drag by the rotor system, allowing for an increased cruising speed and additional range.
Triple-tail surfaces and a centered horizontal stabilizer, along with Centerline Thrust, ensures stability in all regimes of flight even under adverse weather conditions.
The cabin holds two occupants, and uses a pedastal-mounted instrument console providing an unobstructed view.