Jaycopter Corp. Ltd.
The Jaycopter was invented by Peter Charles Jacobs from Edmonton Alberta Canada. Many family members were involved in the creation, Leo Albert Jacobs (Builder), Ted Jacobs (Engineer), Emile Jacobs (Tester), Andy Jacobs, Terry Jacobs son of Andy Jacobs, later on there was Grant Jacobs son of Andy Jacobs, Daniel Jacobs son of Leo Jacobs, Darryl Jacobs son of Ted Jacobs and Jim Warman just to name a few. The projects were funded mostly by Jack Dubasz.
The first Jaycopter (built in 1958) was an electrically powered device with two-seats made for training pilots and so the controls were like that of a real helicopter. The sensations of a real helicopter flight are well simulated in this high-flying machine, So many people wanted a ride in it they decided to make a couple of 8 passenger units (Red) and then a couple of 16 passenger units (Yellow) which they took to Fair Grounds like the (1962) Seattle's World Fair and the (1964) New York's World Fair. Jaycopters also manufactured 23-coin operated Baby Jays (6' diameter bubble) (1964-1965). They were assembled at a local warehouse, during the first months of the NY Fair, they also made about 250 of coin operated Minicopters (42" diameter bubble). I believe the Aviation Museum at the old Edmonton Alberta airport still has a Baby Jay and a Minicopter. Minicopters also went into many airport waiting areas across Canada. The Baby Jays were scraped in favor of the Minicopter do to size. After that we made 2 more modern two-seater trainers in (1966-1967).
The First Jaycopter was attached to a 77 feet boom with a counter weight at the other end and the whole thing rotated on a 25 foot tower in about 125-foot diameter. The Jaycopter was free to rotate, change attitude, turn about its axes and later Jaycopters could achive altitudes of up to 100 feet. The counter weight moved up and down a track to adjust to the different weights of the passengers in the copter to with in a few hundred pounds. The rotor blades did the rest of the lifting to change altitude like a real helicopter. The door would electrically lock upon take-off and in the event of an electrical power failure, a hydraulic safety device would lower the copter gently to the ground. The idea behind all of this was to make it safe for training pilots, especially newbies.
On the Alberta Inventor's site you will find it says the Jaycopter was copied from a kids toy, to correct this, the kids toy came along years after the first Jaycopter was invented.