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Old 04-14-2012, 04:34 PM
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My small town is governed by "small" people, who are looking to save money by closing their little grass strip with three hangers. It has been in use since 1948 when a group of locals raised the money to buy the land and build the strip. This can not happen until my lease runs out the 1st of next year.

I travel 17 miles on gravel to go fly my airplanes and soon my Vortex M912.

The question I have. Do many of you store your gyro in an enclosed trailer? If so, do you remove the rotor each time you fly and how much of a task is that? Is this a workable solution or should one stay at an airport and rent a hanger, thus leaving the gyro intact? Also, do any of you trailer your gyro with the rotor still on the mast? If so, what are the precautions that you take in transport?

Thank you for taking the time to answer. Anyone near Scappoose, OR who I can meet while I am there the first week of May? My fixed wing friends have planned a big party for the weekend May 5&6 at the airport. Any excuse for a gathering of friends and you are welcome to join us, just let me know.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:54 PM
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Hi Karl

Not sure what you mean by "storing in a trailer" . What is the height of your gyro, consider a modified "reffer" trailer on a permanent foundation. They usually have an aluminum floor, and a side door and are insulated. Some of the older ones that are shorter can be bought at a rather good price. You can add a side awning and really dress them up. They are usually long enough to even have a small storaage in the end.

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:22 PM
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What a great idea, one I would have never thought about. I can build an enclosure on my trailer to any height, but I really like the idea of a semi trailer.

Thanks for the suggestion. Anyone want to give experiences in hauling your gyro?
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Most people remove the blades when trailering their gyros. A few have racks that will hold their blades all together without disassembling them. Most take the blades apart and put them back together at the new destination. Of those, some only remove one blade and leave the second blade attached to the hub bar for quicker setup and breakdown.

A few people transport their gyros with the blades left mounted on the gyro. They have support braces to support the blades. I've seen both, open trailers and enclosed trailers setup like that. I'll look to see if I have some photos I can post.
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A couple more.
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Karl,

I am very sorry to hear about your airport.

The first airport I took a lesson from is closing here in Cincinnati, Blue Ash Airport.

While some go to great lengths to build trailers to support blades in transit, most remove them.

A hoist, like the one shown in Tim's photos, can allow one person to remove and install blades eaisily and quickly.

Never trailer blades that are not very, very well supported and protected from vibration stress and damage.

It might be a good idea to contact the manufacturer go your blades and rotor head and see what they advise.

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Tim Chick,
Thank you very much for the pictures, they go a long way toward giving me ideas. I was afraid that no one here would take the time to answer, since I am not known.

I currently have a hanger with room for both my Sonex and my Vortex, but as I said, that will go away by the first of the year. I have plenty of land for an airport, but I am in the forest, with very little land that is not vertical, even if it were open enough for a strip.

I probably will never transport to any events, since I live so far from everything and am not interested in flying with a crowd, but was seriously interested in being able to transport from my place to a level spot where I could fly off to visit all my rancher friends. Now the opposite is true with my fixed wing. Over the past 10 years, I have flown all over the backcountry of Idaho, Utah and Montana. You can read a story of mine in the May issue of Cessna Flyer Magazine which will be out by the first. It is about Smiley Creek, Idaho. My next fly out story is about Mexican Mountain, Utah.

Again, I will be in Oregon the first week of May, anyone interested in meeting up and giving me ideas?

Thanks to all who provided answers to my questions. Any other ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:30 AM
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I learned to fly airplanes from an 1800 foot grass strip with trees on both ends, if you drifted 5 feet left or right, your wings were in the corn. It was on private property. That little airprort is gone and I still miss it to this day.
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