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Old 01-07-2017, 03:41 PM
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I keep finding myself back here on the forum over a lot of years. I've been absent for quite some time but a lot of personal things had to be worked out before I could sustain a gyro build. But a recent new marriage to an amazing lady along with a rewarding career are big contributors to the long term duration and success of any big project.

I am beginning work on a GyroBee build dubbed QB2. For those who remember my postings of the QB build, QB2 will mostly resemble her, though the tail is a bit more refined. She will fly SportCopter blades, and I'm on the lookout for a great Rotax 503. A gentleman who goes by Rotax Rick has a zero time refurbished 503 for sale but I wanted to post here before dropping a large chunk of change, since I am ignorant of most things engine related.

It's nice to see some familiar names still participating here. I hope to participate again and catch up with a lot of you.

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Old 01-07-2017, 03:46 PM
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I am beginning work on a GyroBee build dubbed QB2. For those who remember my postings of the QB build, QB2 will mostly resemble her, though the tail is a bit more refined.
Hi Brian - welcome back.

As I have official permission (in Denmark) to build a Gyrobee, I am on the lookout for changes to the design.
I'll build the Bee per plan, but some parts aren't shown.
Like the tail, throttle quadrant, main gear axles and seat.

Could you please show us whatever changes you have in mind for the QB2?
I suppose the old posts were lost.

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Old 01-08-2017, 04:55 AM
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Hi Brian - welcome back.

As I have official permission (in Denmark) to build a Gyrobee, I am on the lookout for changes to the design.
I'll build the Bee per plan, but some parts aren't shown.
Like the tail, throttle quadrant, main gear axles and seat.

Could you please show us whatever changes you have in mind for the QB2?
I suppose the old posts were lost.

Cheers
Erik
Hi Erik,

Put a Dominator tail on it, A calumet seat tank (I thought the main gear axles are shown in the plans?) and Im sure Jake could make you a throttle quadrant, and go fly!

Heres a guide for the Calumet seat tank:

http://www.calumetair.com/files/Gyrobee.pdf
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A basic Gyrobee is Part 103 (Ultralight) category. If you start changing things, you will not make the legal weight limit. Consider your modifications carefully.
A stock "Bee" with 5 gallons of fuel and a Rotax 503. should have a couple hours of flight duration. That will let you venture out 25 miles (or so) and get back, depending on winds.
You mentioned Sport Copter blades. ARE THEY HAND STARTABLE??? If not, then you will have to have a prerotater of some type. Oh, more weight. Seat tank,. Oh, more weight. Tall tail. Oh, and even more weight. And we are just talking about the machine. Too many mods; and you will have to get a DAR to inspect and get an Air Worthiness Certificate.
And that brings us back to you.
Part 103 is not considered an aircraft by the FAA, and does not require a Pilots Certificate/rating. Anyone can fly them. Training is HIGHLY recommended!!!
A basic machine with an airworthiness and registration number will require the pilot to have as a minimum a Sport Pilot certificate for Gyroplanes. Or at least a Student Pilot certificate and a current solo endorsement from a CFI.
I do not know you and your experience level; I just want you to carefully consider all your options before you make any modifications.
Rotax Rick has a good reputation.
Oh, one more thing.
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A basic Gyrobee is Part 103 (Ultralight) category. If you start changing things, you will not make the legal weight limit. Consider your modifications carefully.
A stock "Bee" with 5 gallons of fuel and a Rotax 503. should have a couple hours of flight duration. That will let you venture out 25 miles (or so) and get back, depending on winds.
You mentioned Sport Copter blades. ARE THEY HAND STARTABLE??? If not, then you will have to have a prerotater of some type. Oh, more weight. Seat tank,. Oh, more weight. Tall tail. Oh, and even more weight. And we are just talking about the machine. Too many mods; and you will have to get a DAR to inspect and get an Air Worthiness Certificate.
And that brings us back to you.
Part 103 is not considered an aircraft by the FAA, and does not require a Pilots Certificate/rating. Anyone can fly them. Training is HIGHLY recommended!!!
A basic machine with an airworthiness and registration number will require the pilot to have as a minimum a Sport Pilot certificate for Gyroplanes. Or at least a Student Pilot certificate and a current solo endorsement from a CFI.
I do not know you and your experience level; I just want you to carefully consider all your options before you make any modifications.
Rotax Rick has a good reputation.
Oh, one more thing.
Welcome back!

In Denmark there is no Rule Part 103 same has in Canada and all other country's
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:45 AM
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Thanks everyone. Good to know about Rotax Rick's good reputation. And regarding mods, QB2 is basically going to be stock per plans. There's no compelling reason to change a proven design. Mainly the tail is a unique design that adheres to recommended surface areas, etc., and the seat, head and blades are by SportCopter. Prop is custom 60" P-Tip by Larry Prince. The only added component may be an intake silencer, which between that and the Prince prop should make her a fairly quiet bird... as gyros go.

One nice thing at my disposal now is a host of precise CNC extrusion cutting and drilling equipment. Many of the airframe parts and plates can be made directly from the 3D Cad model. Will be posting photos of the build.

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Old 01-08-2017, 01:36 PM
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By the way, I just spoke on the phone with Ron Davis (Rotax Rick). Very nice guy and extremely knowledgeable. I just bought a zero-time 503! So QB2 now has an engine. I'll start a thread in the Gyrobee section to post progress photos and write-ups.

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