View Full Version : Pictures of rotortach pickup unit installation
05-24-2004, 02:06 PM
Anyone got any pictures of how they installed the rotor tach pick up unit to the rotorhead? I have the newer style dominator head and don't want to bother Ernie to find out where I have to mount it.
05-24-2004, 02:21 PM
Not a dominator but here is mine. Hope that helps.
05-24-2004, 03:39 PM
I like to see thing neatly mounted. Can I suggest you use a clamp on the cheeck plates and route the cable more nite. Sorry to make this critic but will be safer, nicer and will insure a trouble free harness
05-24-2004, 07:00 PM
I appreciate the tip. I am replacing the whole wire soon.
I was planning on securing it to the mast with zip-ties but clamps would be better. It is a small wire and I donít want it to be loose so I will have to find very small clamps.
05-25-2004, 12:36 AM
Out of curiosity Barnstorm,what was your altitude in the lawnchair when you took that pic of your feet???[I get a nosebleed every time I see it.]It's a view I'll never see coz I reckon it's a bit higher than 200'.I actually went to 500' the other day but I ain't got the balls to go as high as you do.
05-25-2004, 07:22 AM
Which picture? If you mean the one in my 'avatar' ( the graphic at the top of my posts ) that was about 1200-1500 feet AGL.
I have to say high above the Ohio river because if the engine were to quit I would have to cover some distance to get to a landing spot. Also, because the river runs through a deep valley I have ALOT of climbing to do to get out of the valley, the top of which has power lines :eek: My little 447 powered gyro can't climb worth a (darn) so that is also a consideration. I actually got stuck in a grass strip airport last weekend :mad: cause I could not get a good climb rate and had to wait for the temperature to drop the next morning to get safely out.
I have some more pictures in the forum's gallery: http://www.rotaryforum.com/gallery/
and on the chapter 34 web site photos page:
And in older threads in this forum...
Out in the boonies where there are large expanses of farmland I get below 500ft. In the fall and spring when no crops are planted I go VERY low.
I have a picture of my feet about 75feet above an old abandoned barn. I have not posted it though because I did not want someone to think I have violated FAA regs by being less then 500ft from a structure. However, I believe I was in regs because I was in the process of a takeoff or landing. ;)
Back in the days' of Norms form someone posted:
Airspeed is life, and Altitude is life insurance.
I love that line, I wish I knew where it came from. I take it to heart and the higher I am the safer I feel because I have better options for emer. landings.
One thing though, I fly out of a busy airport with LOTS of student GA traffic. If I fly at 1000-1500ft I am likely to get mowed over by a Cessna 172 so I also stay low on approach to the field.
I don't suppose cattle would be very motivated by at gyro above 500ft. With my low powered gyro down low is scary... :D
05-25-2004, 08:20 PM
Yeh Barnstorm,definatly bigger balls n' me,not only altitude but traffic,gess I don't appreciate how lucky I am here,no laws or traffic.Just 1100 squ miles of me own country with me own rules,probably what people would call "freedom".
I have been to 1200' in the RAF once,with me eyes closed,to go over the lowest part of a range[1199'].Yes, I know,that's cutt'n it a bit fine but you only have to miss it,an inch is as good as a mile.
Gess it's what your used to,most of my fly'n is when I'm work'n cattle,and they don't take much notice of me when I'm over 150',some of the ignorant basterds will wait till I'm 6" above them before they'll move[testing my nerve I'm sure].[little do they know how silly I can be when they'v piss.d me off.]
But don't you get nervise when you are that high and hit a 3000fpm up draught.??[I sh.t my pants when I hit one at 100',never know how high it will take me.]
05-25-2004, 08:42 PM
I figure that the lower I fly, the sooner I can get down if something goes wrong.
05-26-2004, 04:35 AM
So far I have not hit any big updrafts. Though at first reaction I think I would like that :D My poor little 447 can hardly climb in the summer temps and any help getting altitude is welcome :D
She has no problems decending but not so climbing. Maybe I should grind up some Viagra and put it in my 2-stroke oil :confused: :p
05-26-2004, 04:46 AM
Viagra???? Something will probably rise but I'm not sure it'd be the gyro.
06-03-2004, 06:31 AM
Hey Birdy, lucky you were not with me when I was 6160" over Port Augusta on my way home!!!!! I have been really frightened with heights in open frame machines over the years since my fathers accident, but the false sense of security in my cabin, and pitch stability have helped me through this. It was 2 years before I flew with the doors off my Raf. At Rafs request I had to do a check ride at BDays in 1999 with Jim Logan, and Jim did not use doors!!!! I handled that and have improved as I gained pitch stability in gyros.
has the engine mount turned up?
06-03-2004, 09:43 AM
Birdy and Paul:
I saw in the paper this AM that the new Miss Universe is an Aussie from Sydney.
Please give her our regards!!
The first runner-up is from my old neighborhood, but I was retired and down here in Florida before she was born. Time flies.
06-03-2004, 09:48 AM
Paul, that's not but 513 feet.
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