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Calidus Sentinel

Calidus Sentinel – Our tandem enclosed camera platform.

The Calidus Sentinel may be equipped with day/infrared cameras as the perfect solution for fulfilling missions such as search and rescue, surveillance, and inspection. Such proven equipment can track cars and read license plates from 500 ft AGL (above ground level), and effectively detect the heat signatures of the people and vehicles on the ground.

Generally the cameras are 2- or 3-axis stabilized units with 360 degrees continuous rotation capability, with digital auto video stabilization and target tracking. Optical zoom capability ranges from zero to 30 times, and most infrared systems can provide four times zoom. Equipped with the Rotax 914 UL, 915 or 916 iS engines, the Calidus Sentinel has the power needed to fulfill your task requirements.

AutoGyro recognises that different mission objectives require different cameras or on-board systems such as LIDAR scanning. With a multitude of such systems already in service, the AutoGyro advanced engineering team has the skills and knowledge to provide the systems integration needed for such applications. Talk to us about your wants and needs, and we will work with you to find the solution.

Example application areas:

  • Ground vehicle tracking and recognition
  • Search and rescue
  • Fire spotting and tracking
  • General surveillance 
  • Traffic law enforcement
  • Media aerial photography
  • Border patrols
  • Overhead line monitoring 
  • Close protection 
Our platform for law enforcement

Our law enforcement models provide aerial support by day and by night. All our models are available as Night VFR certified in accordance with BCAR Section T, CRIE-01 and FAA Primary Category.

The Calidus is the ideal platform to carry camera equipment and provide aerial support and overview for the officers on the ground for applications where tandem seating and a full external view are a must.

With plentiful energy available from an auxiliary alternator, Police radio equipment can easily be powered for excellent communications and still have power for cameras, live stream downlinks, and other on-board systems. AutoGyro has created a superb cabin ‘office’ environment and wil tailor make one to meet your needs.

Current models offer.

  • Police radio system integration with live number plate recognition and 7″ control screen
  • Third radio integration for aux communications
  • Integrated camera display panel and controls
  • Removable passenger seat control stick
  • Heated and well-ventilated cabin for cold or hot mission environments
  • Fabulous external view for ‘eyes on’ observation

Click here to view the AutoGyro Cavalon Sentinel’s ability to track cars and read vehicle registrations – YouTube

Enjoy the difference

  • Proven in-service technology
  • Real-life use cases, not aspirations
  • Ergonomically designed and tested
  • Super-smooth camera platform
  • Live downlink service available
  • Multiple camera fitment are possible.
  • 74ltr fuel tanks, safe 3hr hour range, or extended range tank capacity of 100ltr

    Technical Specifications

    Technical DetailsModel Details

    L x W x H (exclude rotor)

    4.8 m x 1.7 m x 2.8 m (15.66 ft x 5.67 ft x 9.1 ft)

    Rotor length

    8.4 m | 8.6 m | 8.8 m (27.3 ft | 27.95 ft | 28.6 ft)

    Empty weight

    265 to 315 kg (584 to 639 lbs) Depending on engine options

    MTOM (Max. Take-Off Mass)

    500 to 560 kg (1100 to 1235 lbs)


    Rotax 912 ULS | 914 UL | 915 iS | 916 iS

    Take-off distance

    70 to 110 m (230 to 361 ft)

    Take-off distance, to clear 15 m (45 ft) obstacle

    250 m (820 ft)

    Climb rate:

    Up to 6.6 m/s (1300 fpm)

    Max. endurance 

    Up to 4.5 hours (with extended range tank)*

    Max. range 

    Up to 600 km (373 miles) ***

    Cruise speed

    90 to 185 km/h (55 to 115 mph)

    Fuel capacity

    74 L to 100 L (19.5 to 26.4 US gallons)

    Comply with

    BUT (Germany), Section T (UK), ASRA (Australia), US Primary Category,
    USA Experimental Category & CCAR-21 (China). However, the carriage of goods or people and associated requirements vary by country, consult with your responsible aviation authority.

    Technical data can vary regarding country-specific legal requirements
    *2: typical aircraft configuration, 1 pilot (80kg), 40 ltr fuel, 2000 ft MSL
    *3: typical aircraft configuration, 1 pilot (80kg), max fuel, 2000 ft MSL

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