View Full Version : Safe gyro competition tricks?
02-12-2004, 02:05 PM
We are promoting a meeting at Atibaia city, near São Paulo - Brazil a few weekends ahead. One activity will be a pilot show and competition. We wish to do some aerial tricks for the sake of demonstrating gyro and pilot capabilities for the audience, BUT of course one should choose carefully what tricks to perform, because of safety concerns, so that no one gets hurt.
I am writing to you in the hope someone can bring ideas. I know that you, in North America, have a lot of experience in gyro meetings and I suppose you don't mind to share some insights or success/failure stories about gyro shows.
Thank you very much.
02-12-2004, 06:20 PM
In Australia at last years gyro copetition they had 3 events I think. One is a flour bag drop to hit a target, the second one is a carrier landing with 5 stripes painted on the runway each a meter apart and try to land as close to the first one as possible, and the third was a spot landing with power off from 200 or 500 feet.
I also recently flew with Paul Bruty who is active on this forum and he showed me some hotdoging tricks that were pretty impressive so maybe you want to email him for specifics.
02-12-2004, 08:29 PM
I got a trick for ya:
02-12-2004, 08:30 PM
I know.....It aint the safest trick, but it'll impress a croud.
02-13-2004, 04:24 AM
John I had to take that away. That was over the line Bro!
Juice All we do at American fly ins is fly in circles around the airport and sit under the shade tree and drink beer.
02-13-2004, 04:48 AM
That Pic just kills me everytime I see it ;D
02-13-2004, 05:00 AM
Okay Ron and John, you gotta let the rest of in on it now. If you can't air it, at least you could email it to me.
02-13-2004, 08:45 AM
I got to send it to you from "Da House." I don't have on this computer.
02-13-2004, 08:46 AM
Didn't you send me that Pic? It was Great!!!
02-13-2004, 12:00 PM
OK, I'm curious about this picture that got deleted too.
But back to the original topic... Has anyone had experience with dropping a bag of flour from an RAF 2000? I wonder how you keep it out of the prop behind you.
I thought about joining the flour drop competition at the Astoria flyin last year, but I didn't want to chance the prop eating it.
I remember the time my passenger cushion flew out the cabin and got chewed up by the prop. Fortunately, foam and fabric didn't hurt the machine or prop.
02-13-2004, 12:23 PM
Just through it down and forward.
02-13-2004, 01:24 PM
I just passed by Laurel this morning coming back to Texas, it was cold!
I took a little nap in Hatiesburg and proceeded straight to Boyd (26 hours total)
Short budget can't fly yet . . . :-
02-13-2004, 01:59 PM
Heron, I can't believe you didn't call me. If you are ever through here again, let me know ahead of time ane we'll plan to get together. I just moved over here five years ago from Arlington, TX.
02-13-2004, 03:43 PM
Okay this isn't the same pic but it is about the same thing. Enjoy!
02-13-2004, 04:37 PM
That was the exact kind of advice and suggestion I was after.
Thank you very much.
P.S.: and Ron, I am JuciÊ, not Juice (not yet). 8^)
02-14-2004, 05:30 AM
Sorry big J
02-14-2004, 05:46 AM
Chuck, I will try on the way back to Florida (30 days or so weather permiting) will call you in advance . . .
Went to bed at 7 yesterday, anda woke up at 6 as usual, it is Christmass all over again, the white stuff is coming down in Texas!!! Beautiful!!! ;D
You know . . .I am getting old, tired of a little trip (1430 miles) :-[
02-14-2004, 07:12 AM
Have you lived in Boyd long? I can't help but be curious as to why you are going to south Florida so much. Man, what a drive. If that's too personal, just forget that I mentioned it.
If you'll email me or call and let me know when you'll be coming through the area, I'll treat you to the best catfish, hush puppies and cole slaw in Missippi. (that spelling is correct, by the way, even most of the news commentators pronounce it with only three syllables)
Also, I can't help wondering where you're originally from, in that you don't have a last name. If the fact is that you really do have one, we would appreciate it if you would enlighten us and add it to your profile page.
Looking forward to meeting you, Heron Heron.
PS, Please leave all the snow there. I saw enough of that stuff during the 22 years that I lived there.
02-14-2004, 08:15 AM
Mis'ssipi thats what sounds like . . .
No I am not living in Boyd, I am staying with Larry Neal trying to short cut my gyro studies.
I am originally from Brazil, name is Heron Cerqueira de Souza and have been living in the U.S. (still the greatest) for more than 20 years.
Catfish sounds good, I love fish and use to be an avid fisherman (last time out july the fourth 1997) The Wheels of Fortune have caught up with me. (like in a roller coaster?)
Had to go back to Fla to see and talk with the bases, they were dispersing before time. It has to do with a company I am creating to promote, develop and ultimately sell gyros and related gear.
I will remain in Boyd 'till solo and some more, than I am going back to Brazil, maybe for good pending Immingration issues (sick of it)
It looks very beautifull here today, the snow is pretty!
Maybe in our visit I can convince you to go visit my other country and have a blast down there. I show you fish!!!
See you soon
02-14-2004, 08:20 AM
Heron is a drug runner. He has to go to South Florida to stock up on his supplies and then he sells them in Texas. He is looking into designing a stealth gyro with a special cargo pod to hold the bails of Pot, so the bails can be dropped from a vertical desent over the intended target - high school football fields -
Okay j/k, it is raining here and I am bored. Well off to the airport to tinker with the toys.....
02-15-2004, 07:54 PM
I am hurt now! :'(
After all this years you should have some consideration and respect . . .
You know very well that pot is not a good merchandise for gyro tranportation. (too bulky)
I am dealing with something more valuable and small packages got it? Like in my name hero . . . ;)
Reminds me of a joke they swear it is true:
This guy passed the Brazil/Paraguay border every week in a black motorcicle and a littel box in the back seat.
The feds started searching him everytime and never found anything but saw dust in the box.
One day one of the feds retired and met the guy in another city, spoke to him and ask him to tell him the secret, because they knew he was bringing somenting to this side and he told him he would be safe. (yeah right)
Than the guy said:
You guys always checked my little box, but never remember to check the motorcicle!!! ;D
02-19-2004, 06:44 AM
I was at a fixed wing fly-in out from Grandberry, TX seven or eight years ago.
I haven't given this a lot of thought to determine if it would work well for gyros or not, but you could give them some consideration and maybe use the following, or some variations thereof:
They had an event where they released a helium filled balloon for each plane to try to hit with the prop. So many points were awarded if the balloon was bursted. It seems that maybe the same thing could be done with a gyro. Maybe each pilot could get two shots at it. If he missed it the first time, he could turn around and go for it again and burst it with the rotor blades or the prop either one. If he hit it the first time, give him 10 points, etc..
Another was the war games, fighter pilot event. We flew from point to point over a course that was maybe fifteen to twenty miles. As we were flying the course, we had to be on the lookout for migs that might dive out of the sky shooting at us. If we saw them before they got within a certain distance from us, to keep from getting shot down, all we had to do was key up and say "I see you back there you son of a Mig" or just anything to let him know that we had seen him. On the other hand, if he got to within that certain distance from us before we saw him, he would key up and say "You're Dead, Jucie". You could make the distance of the course and the layout anything you wanted to. You could also keep it to where people on the ground could observe it all.
They naturally had the bomb drop (a small brown paper bag with about 8 ounces of flower rolled up and taped). They had zones and measured each drop from the actual target and gave so many points for each zone.
A pilots meeting was held before the events started, the courses were shown on an areal photo and an explanation of all the events were given.
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