01/31/2011. The Twinstarr gyroplane or autogyro was created by Ira Donald 'Don' Farrington in 1990, and subsequently kits were produced by the Farrington Aircraft Corporation at Paducah, Kentucky, USA. Production ceased after Don Farrington died on April 23, 2000, from injuries sustained in a crash flying an Air & Space 18A (N905AS c/n 18-9) at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, Florida, on April 13.
Since the Twinstarr is highly sought after as it has become renown as a durable and trustworthy gyroplane trainer and cross-country autogyro. The Twinstarr has a Chrome-molly pre-welded steel frame, dual controls and an 150 hp Lycoming 0-320 B2C engine. In April 2007 it was reported that attempts were being made to bring the aircraft back into production.
The pictured aircraft was built by Benjamin Canaday of Paducah, and was registered as N2409E on March 24, 2000. The registration was cancelled on May 12, 2003, as the aircraft was exported to Ireland where it was registered to Charles O'Shea of Abbeyshrule as EI-DBT. Two years later, June 2, 2005 the aircraft was exported to the Netherlands and registered to R. van As of Arnemuiden as PH-RVF. When not flown the aircraft is on display in the small Gyrocopter Aviation Museum at Midden Zeeland airport.