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Michael Hille

My first gyro experience

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A ride in a brand new gyro, very impressed 

 

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Back in "the old days"

A club in Sydney's Easterncreek/Badgery's creek area, had a Gyro-glider.

They would tow the pupil & instructor around the big paddock with a Ford, to acquaint learner with controlling the rotors.

I would have taken it further. But for an instructor having me on, saying $4000 an hour for training, I would have started flying there & then.

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Wow that does sound very antiquated haha the last gyro I saw flying before this was a seat out in the open , very bare , this thing has all the bells and whistles 

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I found the zero forward airspeed when trimming back all the way a bit unsettling at first. It was an interesting ride though. 

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Yeah it really is a different experience . The control inputs felt positive and the whole machine felt solid 

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Sound like me spacesailor. I was Schoies member 139. Never flew out of Schoies though, normally due to weather. I did my bit from Bankstown on weekdays with Mark always wears a hat and long skarf (forget his surname) after geriatric Airways had transferred aircraft to Bankstown for weekday op's. 

Still have occasional contact with Val Leslie who ran the club mag and was secretary to Ian Honnery who organised the air shows..

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1 hour ago, bexrbetter said:

Surprising amount of accidents in Gyros, you would think they were crashproof due to their design, idiot pilots aside.

The early ones (1950's Benson and Australian Bee) had no roll control, and many were towed, so you would climb up on a thermal and slide down the side to your death. It never occurred to the untrained pilot to apply rudder and glide down.

 

The rotor originally was wound up on the ground by agricultural means such as by hand, and in many cases may have been too slow for flight.

 

A recent thread on here indicated instructions were very complex for the pilot and particularly centred around having to monitor rotor speed, and what that had to be for specific tasks, and that would all be hard for a low hour pilot.

 

Then there was the low flying excitement.........

 

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22 hours ago, turboplanner said:

The early ones (1950's Benson and Australian Bee) had no roll control...

 

In 1973 I saw my first Gyro; I believe it was a Benson. Very minimal, just three magnesium (?) SHS cross members, a seat and simple rotor head controlled by a down-stick. It was being assembled in our garage in Waverton, which we had sublet to this Navajo bloke who had been in the movies. His plan was to make a doco as he became the first to fly one across the Tasman. He reckoned he could refuel in flight from underneath. He got as far as testing it at Bankstown by tethering it in a strong breeze, but I lost contact after that.

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I have little knowledge on the subject, but it would seem to me that a tractor setup supplies the air flow required to excite the autgyro blades, even looks like a lot of fun ..

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5UQZsifzDk

 

 

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On 10/10/2019 at 9:19 PM, spacesailor said:

"antiquated"

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Like this, First Aussie club for me.

spacesailer

I've still got the tie.        IMG_6884.thumb.JPG.dc7a261d63262f9b1c212b985e376853.JPG

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