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01-25-2004, 09:09 AM
Does anyone have much experience with beach landings and take-offs?
01-25-2004, 11:42 AM
Nope, but it sure sounds like fun! ;D
01-25-2004, 03:13 PM
Lot's of problems with that. One is it is sure to be a direct cross wind coming off the ocean. Two you may run into soft sand and flip over. Three you might be breaking a local law or federal law operating off the beach and Four you might be having too much fun looking at all the Hot women in the Thong Bikinis and fly into a Pier or something ;D
01-25-2004, 03:17 PM
:- Well, I believe Ken Janeulewiz tried that with his RAF one time (or was going to). I do know he landed on sand going to Buckeye for the SparrowHawk upgrade, and if I recall, he was very concerned about his wheels bogging down in the sand. I'm guessing that would also be a big concern on the beach too. I'd hate your gyro to become a boat at high tide! So, if you plan on doing a beach landing, you might want to check out the conditions first, and hope that you don't get stuck. My 2 cents.
01-25-2004, 05:16 PM
I know who did it, but . . . :-X
01-25-2004, 06:43 PM
My son's trike has 3 wheelbarrow tires on it and he has landed on the beach between Gulfport and Biloxi, MS several times with no problem.
He and I were wanting to fly a river not too far from here and possibly land on some of the long wide sand bars. They are pretty flat and as a rule the sand is dry and pretty smooth. So I figgured that if I replaced my hocky puck with a small tube type tire it might not be a problem for me either.
What do ya'll think?
01-25-2004, 07:58 PM
A number of Oz gyro pilots fly onto and off the beaches. Maybe they could post some info. Here in Oz we have gyroplane "Beach Operations" and "Waterborne Operations" certificates.
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