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Old 10-11-2010, 11:20 PM
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Each flight is entered in order by Date.

NEW FLIGHT ADDED >
The latest flight (1-24-2014) is at the end of the thread. Page 6 post #80 .


Latest Flight Link > http://www.rotaryforum.com/forum/sho...t=27619&page=6

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LOGBOOK Monday Oct 11, 2010

Todd and I met just after sunrise to do the preflight on Xenon 9MB.



It's a crisp fall morning with blue skies to the South, and low clouds and the hint of the just dissipating morning ground fog to the North. Our course lies to the North.

Today we are heading to Denver's Centennial Airport to meet with Dick Goddard and Mark Treidel, to have breakfast and to talk about a new Colorado PRA chapter (among other things. hangar flying , remembering the good ole days etc.)

The weather ahead has a few areas to watch, like Monument Hill AWOS is reporting a 1 degree temp/dew point spread, but currently a 2,000 foot overcast. So we launch.

Xenon Take off from Meadow Lake Airport 10-11-2010 on Vimeo




There are Low Ceilings over the Black Forest, but we get under with plenty of room. The clouds have lifted a little since the last hour weather report, and visibility is good, and improving.
Unfortunately we have a 12 to 20 knot headwind, lowering our ground speed to around 55 or 60 knots.




Soon we are upon the fall colors in Castlewood Canyon, just over the county line in Douglas County.









At the end of Castlewood Canyon, Denver Centennial is ahead just a few minutes flying time.



9MB: Centennial Tower Xenon Experimental Light Sport GyroCopter 719MB is abeam KOA with Whiskey in a left base for 2 8.

APA: GyroCopter 9MB enter a left downwind for Runway 17Left, 2 8 has men and equipment working on a runway light.

9MB: 9 Mike Bravo Roger, One Seven Left.
As we pass 2 8 we see the truck clear the runway.
APA: 9er Mike Bravo, Runway 2-8 cleared to land.
9MB: 9 Mike Bravo, Cleared for 28, and request to land long on the West end of Runway 28.
APA: 9er Mike Bravo, cleared as requested..

Landing APA 10-11-2010 on Vimeo





Obviously security must be lax at Centennial, as we saw what appeared to be some shady characters hanging out in front of the Jet Center entrance.
(Turned out they were Gyro pilots, confirming our worst suspicions. )
But fortunately, it was just Dick and Mark, our breakfast companions for today's outing, men of fine character and 2 of Colorado's most experienced high altitude Gyro pilots.


L to R Mark Treidel, Dick Goddard, and Yours Truly. (Photo by Todd Rieck)
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Had a great breakfast and a long conversation. The Colorado Chapter appears to have more than the 5 required members interested. There are still details to work out.
Time to check weather for an update, and prepare for departure.




After saying goodbye to the Denver Gyro pilots, it was time to taxi out for take off.



We were cleared to Runway one zero via the ramp, and after a runup and a hold for landing traffic, we are cleared for take off, right turn out approved.

Take Off APA 10-11-2010 on Vimeo







We cruise toward home in the sunshine with a 15 knot tailwind.






Time to tune in the new AWOS at FLY (Meadow Lake Airport)

Its reporting clear with wind 320 at 12 gusting to 18.

We enter a close in right downwind and announce a short approach to the north end of runway 3 3.


YouTube - Landing Meadow Lake Airport 10-11-2010.wmv





Thanks for flying with us.

Todd & Mark

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Old 10-12-2010, 12:47 AM
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What can I say, another great day with great friends. Was great to see Dick and Mark again and it is so amazing how a gyro can turn a long distance into a short fun trip and bring friends together. And Mark, I cannot thank you enough for sharing the dream with me.
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Thank you for having us along.

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Old 10-12-2010, 09:28 AM
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Thank You Vance.

One of the things I look forward to is sharing your flights up and down the California coast through your great storytelling and Ed's pictures. Glad I could return the favor.

Reading your past adventures last year when my new gyro was in a hangar in Florida, and I was home watching it snow in Colorado made me appreciate your efforts, and that's when I decided that I would buy a new camera and try to take some pictures when I finally got to fly my Xenon.

This sport is just too good not to share.

Thank You for all you do to promote the sport, just by showing whoever cares to look at this forum just what you did yesterday for fun !

Mark

PS. I wouldn't have any pictures to post if it was not for my co pilot and friend Todd. It is a team effort.
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What can I say, another great day with great friends. Was great to see Dick and Mark again and it is so amazing how a gyro can turn a long distance into a short fun trip and bring friends together. And Mark, I cannot thank you enough for sharing the dream with me.
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Without you to take the pictures, all I would have are memories.

Did you ever try to tell someone about the cool thing you saw, and end up saying, "well you just would have had to be there". Words, at least my attempts at words alone don't explain 1/100th of the information to someone that adding the pictures, or even more so, adding the moving pictures (video) does.

Besides, nothing like taking a great flight and having a fellow pilot to share it with. Non pilots think it is all easy. Pilots know when a great landing or manever took some skill.

A "not bad" from a pilot you respect is like winning the Nobel peace prize to a pilot. (except without the money.)


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That was a great trip and a great logbook.

Thanks, Kai.
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Thanks Kai

We had fun doing it.
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Thanks for posting your flight.
Very clear pictures of country I may never get to see first hand. Can you tell me about the one with the road to no where. Was that once a bridge ? What happened to it ?
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Hi Colin

It is the remains of the Castlewood Dam in Castlewood Canyon state park.

See photos and video here. It explains what happened when the Dam burst in 1933.

http://www.rotaryforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=27344

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Mark- Thanks for posting more exceptional videos. We will keep you assigned to cover the mountain time zone, Vance has the pacific time zone, Mike Hughes and Tim O'. are covering the eastern time zone, and I will keep everyone informed what's happening in the cornfields of Illinois. Stan
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Mark- Thanks for posting more exceptional videos. We will keep you assigned to cover the mountain time zone, Vance has the pacific time zone, Mike Hughes and Tim O'. are covering the eastern time zone, and I will keep everyone informed what's happening in the cornfields of Illinois. Stan
Oh, I get it RNN. Kinda like the Rotor News Network.

.."This is Mark Shook in Xenon Chopper One for the Rotor News Network.."

I like it. LOL
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Looks like a great time! thanks!

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Looks like a great time! thanks!

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It was a great time. Mark and Dick are a wealth of information.
It was time to leave far too soon.

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Hi Mark

Thanks ever so much for the pics and vids, since you are obviously in the air a lot around there and somewhat "seen a lot" how is the aviation community looking at the autogyro ??? Also what engine is in the gyro??

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