View Full Version : Gyronauts of New Mexico
04-09-2004, 08:17 AM
Last Janurary I tried getting a gyro meeting together. The few of us that showed up talked about the possibility of having another meet this spring. We were thinking of trying to set it up at an airport as a fly/drive in.
I have had a few private emails asking if I had, and when I might get something set up again. The past few months and for the next few months My company has me flying all over the world installing equipment. My schedule has me out for 2-4 weeks home for a week then out again like this for the next few months. Therfore I will not be able to set anything up.
Is there some one who has hanger space, and willing to host a fly/drive in meeting? I would love to see a group established here in New Mexico. I will attend if in town.
Lets get something going here.
04-11-2004, 02:50 PM
Wait for me , I'm coming. But not yet. I live on the east coast and I am in the process of building a house now, it will take about 4-5 more months to finish. but I am very in to anything gyro and out here I am all but alone, except for one heck of a nice guy I have yet to meet in person and he does not yet have a gyro.I fly an aircommand single 582. So wait I will be there.
04-12-2004, 06:46 AM
Dave, We will be glad to welcome you to The Land of Enchantment when your get here. What part of New Mexico will you be moving to?
NM guys, I don't see any takers here for setting up a meeting? Not asking for a benson days type of event, just a single day on a Saturday or Sunday where we can meet, talk gyros, and discuss the possiblity of starting a NM PRA chapter.
04-12-2004, 12:12 PM
I am moving to Deming, just outside of LasCruces
04-16-2004, 01:53 PM
I'm still here :) I have been running too. Let me know when and where.
04-16-2004, 07:57 PM
You know, some of us guys from California, Texas or Arizona would come to a fly-in in New Mexico if it weren't for all the paperwork and hassle to get in.....visas, passports, luggage checks, long lines at customs, declaration papers. It's just not worth it.....especially when trying to convert from U.S. currency to your currency. I get screwed every time. :cool:
04-17-2004, 02:49 AM
Wow , It has not yet started and this fly in is getting bigger and better . Dave
04-17-2004, 07:48 AM
Very Funny Ken :) Aleast since the Roswell UFO sensation, we can atleast say, You know Roswell, the UFO place.
Artesia New Mexico
04-17-2004, 07:49 PM
I guess it is pretty hard to get a visa to leave la-la land. Heck, he can't even make it to El Mirage, so GOD's country is impossible. As for Roswell, I spent 6 years at Walker AFB, loved Roswell. I missed the January meeting (in the hospital) but I'm ready for a meeting when one is announced.
04-17-2004, 10:24 PM
Hey Tom......PHFFFFFFTTT!! ;)
04-18-2004, 05:07 AM
Ken, I expected more of you. Darn, I can't think of a thing to say now. A friend of mine from Gillette, Wyoming came to Bensen days to visit with me and while there he bought a RAF (with HS) so I will be going to Wyoming soon to check it out for him. (I hate to think of having to fly one of those things, Ha) Good luck with finals. Looking forward to saying I know a young, pretty nurse.
04-18-2004, 07:41 AM
Who you going to say that to?
04-18-2004, 08:26 AM
Any grown man who goes out in public in little short pants.
04-18-2004, 07:01 PM
Tom did you friend buy Terry Wells RAF? How is he getting it home?
Were you able to repair your Hirth? I feel bad it had a problem.
04-18-2004, 08:12 PM
04-19-2004, 06:17 PM
Ron: Wayne bought the RAF and TW's trailer to pull it home in. I hope I get to go to Wyoming soon and fly it. No problem with the Dominator. I ordered a HeliCoil kit for 10mm plugs and will have it flying again soon. Don't feel bad. I feel that I could fly your aircraft if I asked and you are still welcome to fly mine. Ken J. accept that comment from an OLD fart that was raised that way. I'm too old to change, but just kidding you. I still look forward to meeting you in person and I am fast getting to the point of needing all the nurses I can find for friends.
04-20-2004, 08:59 AM
I notticed no takers on setting something up. I am in Oregon at the moment and will be headed back to NM this weekend, for a few weeks. I will see about trying to set something up at the Moraity airport on the 15th or22nd of may. No promises. Which of these two dates sound best?
04-20-2004, 12:46 PM
Either date is good for me and I will make every attempt to make it. I haven't talked to the people at the Gallup airport, but I'm sure they would welcome us. Gallup is a bit out of the way for the rest of New Mexico though. What are your thoughts?
04-21-2004, 07:49 AM
Tom, I might agree that Gallup would be a bit far for some, but then again anywhere might be good place just to get things started. Once we get a core group going I am sure that we can get a central location that we can have regular meetings at.
Let me see who I can talk to get something lined up at Moriarty airport. I'll report my finding next week.
To the rest of the NM flyers, Would Gallup be to far for a first meeting/flyin/drivein?
04-24-2004, 04:50 PM
My wife just got back from NM. and she told me how the planes are in a hangar not tied down out side like here on the east coast , this is due to high winds, the question in all this is . are the wind's constant . note: my wife was in the far souther part of the state.
04-24-2004, 05:58 PM
We had wind last Thrusday that shut the Interstate for 9 hours due to blowing dust. Springtime is the worst. March through about mid May. Early in the morning it is always still and beautiful, but can get gusty and rough during the heat of the day. There are aircraft tied down outside at Gallup and they make out alright. Problem here is density altitude. Airport is 6510 MSL and DA is always at least 8000. I fly here with 2 ft more diameter on the rotor than at El Mirage or Wachula. (25' instead of 23')
04-24-2004, 06:18 PM
I'm almost equal to Las Cruses. The wind does blow, but the old saying is that is because Texas Blows and Arizona Sucks :). Most airplanes are kept inside, but its UV damage as much as wind. The sun can sure wreck your interior, if you have one.
04-25-2004, 03:32 AM
Thanks guys for the info, we are moving to Deming in the fall and I just started flying gyro's and I am told by my instructor to not fly in strong winds until I build some time , so I was a little worried about the wind and weather, I now have a rotax 582 and 23' dragon wings, what do you think and what do you know about Deming too. It is new to us , we now live just outside of Philly. thanks Dave
04-25-2004, 01:48 PM
I think Deming is about 3,500 ft. Air density altitude is a consern for anyone during the summer when it's HOT. But with a 582, you should be fine. The wind does not blow all the time, thank God. Deming is a neat town. Home of the famous Duck Races. Your only a hop, skip, and a Jump from Columbis NM. Poncho Via sacked Columbus in the early 1900's. You will be a short drive from Las Cruses if you need major shopping. Good ole I 10 runs right through Deming. I have never been to Deming's airport, maybe some one else can shed more light on it. One thing is for sure, you'll be in the Mexican Food heaven. The state question is Red or Green :) .
04-30-2004, 03:27 PM
Okay guys, I just got through talking with a few gentlemen at the Moriarty airport and the soaring museum has a meeting room we can use that is open on the 22 of May, and we are welcome to use it.
I was told that if you decide to fly in that you would need to have a radio and use normal airport protocol, and that on weekends it can get quite busy so might your manners. The local radio frequency is 122.9
The museum is located in hangar #35. They also said that we should use the west end parking area for A/Cs and cars.
Moriarity is located on I-40 about 45 east of Albuquerque. To get to the airport take Howard cavassos exit also known as state 41 and head south. Turn left at the second stoplight and drive 2-3 miles and you will see the airport off to the right.
Now how many can we count on coming? let get out and call every one we know who is interesed in gyros and get them here. Last Janurary Don gave me a list of subcriber to his magazine and I will send them an invite via mail.
Looking forward to meeting other gyronuts and the time is short but lets see what we can get going.
04-30-2004, 05:57 PM
I'll try to make it!
04-30-2004, 06:57 PM
The date is marked on my calendar. I talked to the Airport Manager at Gallup and he said they would welcome us. There is a quanset hut type hanger available that will hold 20 gyros for any kind of weekend or extended fly-in. KOA is adjacent to the airport and motels abound. Plenty of good eating places and Gallup loves tourist. Keep us in mind. Oh! by the way, what time on the 22nd?
05-01-2004, 06:22 PM
Morning might be best for a little flying. but then again I am thinking that Noon might be a better time for the meeting. I have a feeling we will have more people driving in and only a few gyros attending this meet. Having the meeting around noon would allow some to make it a single day event to show for the meeting and make it back home without having to get up super early.
Me, I think I will show up around 9:00 am to watch what ever airtraffic there is, and watch for early birds. I'll be in a red Jeep Comanche pick up.
There are four hotels in Moriarity, Cozy Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Super 8, and a Days Inn.
Tell me me what you think and we will decide on Monday and I will send out the invites on tuesday.
05-04-2004, 06:01 AM
No replys, so I will make it for noon on Saturday at the Soaring museum. See you there.
05-04-2004, 07:26 PM
I'll try to make it, maybe trailer the Falcon. Thanks for taking working things out Shawn. I would love to have a fly-in in Gallup one of these days. Maybe we can move it around. Artesia would love to have us too!
05-20-2004, 03:19 PM
All loaded up and ready to leave in the morning. I am taking the gyro, but if the wind stays like it has been for the last couple of days, I probable won't fly. Looking forward to meeting all New Mexico gyronaughts.
08-15-2004, 07:29 AM
The New Mexico Pilots Association will be holding a Fly-in in Gallup, New Mexico this Saturday, August 21, 2004. The morning will be devoted to the FAA Wings Program, A cookout at noon and flying all afternoon. All gyro pilots and friends from New Mexico and Eastern Arizona are encouraged to attend and make a showing for gyros. I plan to be there with my Dominator and there will be coverage by the local media. Lets show Western New Mexico what gyros are all about.
08-15-2004, 08:11 AM
I will be moving to NM this fall to the Las Cruces area is this close?
08-15-2004, 10:54 AM
No town in New Mexico is close to any other town in New Mexico. :D
08-15-2004, 02:10 PM
Thanks , But I was hopeing for a little more than that. I guess I will pull out a map.
08-15-2004, 06:53 PM
Dave, it was very nice meeting you today at Lakewood.
I wish you and your wife the best on your move to New Mexico!
I'm just sorry I didn't get to see your gyro fly!
And please tell your wife that I just loved your German Shepherds!
08-15-2004, 07:14 PM
Ken, That was funny but true.
Dave, Gallup NM is about 6 hours driving time from Las Cruces. If you are looking at a New Mexico map, Gallup is about 30 miles from the Arizona border on I-40.
The area around Gallup is beautiful, a lot of red sandstone mesas, you can go from wide open high dessert, to pine forest very quicly in the Gallup area.
Tom, Thanks for the update and since I am in town for a few weeks I will try and make it out there this saturday. If we have enough of these get togethers and have more gyronuts show up we might yet get a core group large enough to start a NM PRA Chapter.
Who else is going to try and show up?
08-15-2004, 08:03 PM
...PRA Chapter 73 newsletter, that is.
Shawn was up in the Portland area recently on a work assignment, and came to a chapter meeting at Scappoose Oregon and went up for his first gyro ride with Jim Vanek in Sportcopter's two place trainer.
His thoughts of how it went (he's hooked!) are contained in the August newsletter, which can be read by clicking on the "New News" button on the Chapter 73 webpage.
Rotary forum member Gary Kaminski (active RAF 2000 owner) is the webmaster and newsletter editor for the chapter.
08-16-2004, 04:11 AM
Shawn, Not too bad of a flight, I will come by.
George, Thanks it was great to meet you , I will fly by Robbinsville as soon as the weather clears
08-16-2004, 06:55 PM
Kevin, Thanks for including the post to your news letter and thank the guys there for including my story in the news letter. As I was re-reading what I wrote two months ago I relived every second of that flight in my mind. You wouldn't believe the smile I got on my face right now just remembering that flight. :) :eek: :D :p
08-22-2004, 07:32 PM
TOM, I ended up having to work saturday and did not make it over to Gallup, How did it go and did any other rotorheads show up?
08-23-2004, 01:17 PM
No one else showed up, too windy to fly. We had a good cook-out with mostly
Gallup pilots. A few of the NM Pilots Assoc showed up, but not much flying.
I am in the process of getting ready for El Mirage. We will leave here on
Sept 17 and visit some friends in CA and be at El Mirage on the 20th. We
stay the whole week. Come on out if you get a chance.
08-25-2004, 05:24 PM
Hey Guy's , Does anyone know if it is legal to take off and land a gyro from your own property here in NM. I have plenty of room and a 1/2 mile dirt road on my property that does not get used by anyone anymore.
08-26-2004, 03:06 PM
Nothing illegal about it, but be a good neighbor and don't upset those living close and it is a good idea to have someone else around in case anything goes wrong and you need assistance.
08-27-2004, 03:47 AM
that's great. thanks. Dave
11-10-2004, 02:28 PM
I found this old thread about trying to get something going in NM. I'm just getting ready to start my LW but my Super Cub flies, and I would like to meet all of you. Let me know where and when!
11-10-2004, 06:24 PM
I would love a get together for a fly in . I live in the southwest part of NM
11-11-2004, 08:18 AM
I am going to be in Albuquerque whith my wife next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (19th thru 21st). Is there any gyro activity I should check out on those days? Maybe even an instructor in the area?
Is there a shop in Albuquerque where I could look for a headset helmet?
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