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03-28-2004, 06:11 PM
Does anyone have a estimate to the number of flying gyro's that are N numbered and a guess at the Ultra-lights here in the USA. With those number you can then put in perspective the number of accidents . So many people only hear about the accidents and have no idea of the number of safe flying gyro's out there. I know that there is many in other countries too. With some good numbers to show people they are safe and have good stats, this may help the gyo community out.
This is the information that should be in the PRA magizine. Maybe I have just missed this information but if anyone has some good estimates please post.
03-28-2004, 10:09 PM
Good question Mike. I've also wondered the same thing many times. I really have no idea, but I would venture a guess that there are only 500-1000 active gyro pilots in the United States. This does not include the 1000's of Bensen's etc. that are sitting in garages and such. I am talking about active pilots that fly thier gyros at least 3-4 times a year. I would welcome anyone to dispute my guess and offer your estimate.
03-29-2004, 03:22 AM
Todd: I recall seeing that there are 190 plus RAF's registered in the US.
03-29-2004, 04:30 AM
Stan, the last Raf kit we got 2 years ago was in the 500's. Obviously a lot still to be completed.
Judging by the number of Rafs for sale everyone has got very frightened. To think that any one of the stabs on the market would have them enjoying their Rafs as you are, and as I did,
03-29-2004, 07:12 AM
Is there anyway to pull that info from the FAA?
03-29-2004, 07:24 AM
I think on the n number search you can also search by type. Any way I will check when I get home.
I took a look and found the following:
1) http://220.127.116.11/acdatabase/acmain.htm doing a search on gyroplane = 36 registered ac, gyrocopter = 84 registered.
2) http://www.landings.com gyroplane =80, gyrocopter =149
I just did a seach under model at both locations. I have no idea how accurate they are. Both numbers seem low to me. Maybe someone can suggest a better search and point out what I may have done wrong.
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