10-30-2003, 06:06 PM
Hi everyone, yes, it is sad to see Norm and his forum in trouble. I wish Norm all the best, and thank him ever so kindly for what he and his forum has allowed me to learn and achieve.<br><br>Norm I wish you well in your future.<br><br>We have to continue on from where Norm is leaving, and I think that this forum is probably the best way to go.<br>I enjoy participating in the UK forum, but, it is a little outdated, and more difficult to use than this.<br><br>I will, though, still participate in the UK and the Oz forums.<br><br>Welcome to everyone who chooses to come to this forum, and I hope that we can continue to help one another in the promotion of our chosen aircraft activity, GYROPLANES.<br><br>My friend Chum achieved solo flight in his owner built gyro, for the first time yesterday. Chum was a friend of my father and is a retired machanic with lots of time and not over flushed with finance. His grown children bought Chum a Subaru ej-20 120 hp engine for fathers day 3 years ago, and he had hand built 80% of the machine.<br><br>I trained Chum in Hybrid and he was up to balancing on the mains ijn his own pride and joy. Yesterday had the wind favourable, and it was time to open the tap a little further and become airborne for 40' before reducing power and landing.<br><br>Only the people who have soloed your own homebuilt aircraft can appreciate the feeling that Chum, and I, had with his first solo hop yesterday. By the end of three 30 min sessions he was able to fly 600" along the runway at approx 10" nice and steady.<br><br>Three years in the building, with support and help from his wonderfull wife Melva, Chum who is only knee high to a grasshopper, was walking 6" higher than he has ever walked before!!!!!<br><br>Aussie Paul.