View Full Version : Enclose your gyro!
09-13-2011, 09:27 AM
Call mike @ 910-257-7322.
Great carbon or glass cockpits with nomexhoneycomb firewalls and bulkhead's.
Will email photos of shop, tooling etc..
Canopies by American plastics of Ohio
09-13-2011, 09:50 AM
Mike, I think you will gain a more interested audience if you went ahead and posted some pictures online. Do you know how to upload pictures to our forum? I can help you if you like. Thanks.
09-13-2011, 09:54 AM
Just a suggestion,
Your customers should be aware that putting a body on a gyroplane (not designed for one) may require a hang test and larger tail surfaces.
09-13-2011, 09:57 AM
Pictures please, do you have instrument pods, etc.
09-13-2011, 10:01 AM
I just talked to mike and will link up when I get home.
09-13-2011, 11:17 AM
I suggest people wanting enclosures to machines not designed for one...proceed with extreme caution. Not saying it can't or shouldn't be done.
09-13-2011, 12:58 PM
I think a more direct warning is appropriate for the new people on this forum. So here is how I would say it:
Adding an enclosure (or body) to any aircraft that was not originally designed for that body will make significant changes to the flying characteristics of that machine and it will most likely negatively effect the stability of the aircraft. Making major changes (like adding a body) to any aircraft should only be done under the guidance and help of others that have sufficient knowledge or experience to understand those changes. Design modifications to the airframe will typically need to be made in order to ensure the aircraft can be safely flown. First flights on a modified aircraft should only be handled by an experienced pilot and preferably an experienced test pilot. Please pursue this course of action very carefully.
I agree with all of the above statements of caution, however it is nice to see someone take the effort to fill a waiting market with a product that would be difficult for most of us to make, kind of like rotor blades. With good advice from the manufacture and instructions as to the posibilities of needing additional changes to the gyro to compensate for the aerodynamic changes in the aircraft along with caution from experienced forum members, this should be a positive move towards filling a market.
09-13-2011, 02:49 PM
My thoughts exactly Tony.
It would be good to see some more rotorblade Mfg's also.
Since Neal Carnes,Rotor Hawk) and Jerry Barnett (Rotordyne) died, that 1/2ed the rotor mfg's. I know that Phoenix rotor craft bought the rotorhawk line, But I do not know if the new owner is even promoting any gyro related products, or even knows anything about gyros or even what he has.
I am working on a 2 seat project, I have thought about a partial enclosure.
09-13-2011, 04:08 PM
I think there is a larger market for instrument pods and custom panels. How about this??
09-13-2011, 04:16 PM
Mike, Including some sort of tails (with HS) that are broadly realtive to the pod size with good guidenc can help the conversions safer.
09-13-2011, 05:47 PM
09-28-2011, 02:39 PM
See this thread: http://www.rotaryforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31403
09-28-2011, 09:59 PM
In Marion Springer's book 'Born Free' she relates what can happen when an enclosure is put on a Bensen. It is scary reading so I can imagine what she was feeling (if she had time!) while she was getting it back on the ground.
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