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  • Originally posted by Grodou View Post
    Thanks for sharing another well told adventure, Vance.
    A broad smile on a passenger's face is always a pleasant reward and a pilot's delight !

    Pictures just make me wanna fly by those scenaries someday.

    Keep up the storytelling, sir !
    Thank you for the kind words Fred.

    I appreciate the fun and passion you share here.

    For Ed Flying with me is a lot like going dancing and it was a romantic day.

    I love sharing the fun with my friends or the Rotary Wing Forum and I am glad to have you along.

    I love the way the joy of flying gyroplanes can transcend borders, language and culture
    Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI


    • Glad to have you along John Rountree!
      Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI


      • Laura Wood and Joe Pires both commented on the same photo on Facebook and I felt my response to them might answer some questions here about how we picked the pictures to post and what Ed is trying to share with her art.

        As we looked through Ed's 672 images we were looking for things we felt were visually interesting, beautiful or made us feel like we were in the aircraft.

        We found this picture visually interesting because of all the different shapes and textures and you could just see the edge of the starboard fuel tank and landing light and that placed us in the aircraft.

        The silvery reflections were much brighter on the original picture and more exciting in person. I could feel the heat reflected off the water on my face as I looked down.

        We were descending with the power well back about 1,100 feet above the ground and the swishing of the blades was the dominant sound. It was one of our magic gyroplane moments.

        It is interesting that you both noticed this particular image.
        Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI


        • John had recently returned from delivering Cirrus to the east coast with at least three hours in hard instrument meteorological conditions AKA couldn’t see a thing. His VariEze is almost airworthy and it appeared to me he needed an aviation fix. Saturday I asked him if he wanted to fly up to San Luis Obispo for the EAA meeting. Sunday he was ready to go at 10:30.

          John had helped me become a flight instructor by helping me teach him to fly my gyroplane (The Predator) so he is welcome to fly with me anytime.

          Flight Service warned us of moderate turbulence and increased winds in the afternoon.

          We were wheels up at 11:10 from Santa Maria (SMX) headed toward San Luis Obispo (SBP).

          John couldn’t hear me well so I was flying when I thought I heard a noise in the back seat. It was John wohooing in the back seat waving his arms and reminding me that even very simply flying is magic.

          We encountered moderate turbulence near the foothills and gently rocked and rolled toward SBP.

          There was a fire north of SBP making the air smoky.

          The San Luis Obispo Tower was busy. I was to make a straight in for runway two niner and report four miles. Before I could report I was “number two behind a Bonanza, runway two niner clear to land”. There were three behind me and shortly we heard; “gyroplane Two Mike Golf make all practical speed and exit at taxi way Echo, no delay”. I ran her up to 90kts (104mph) making it kind of windy for John in the back seat.

          As we touched down and scooted off the runway I heard ATC say; “nice job Two Mike Golf, contact ground point six.” Ground directed us to parking and we jointed the meeting for some delicious hot dogs and some good hanger flying.

          A retired airline pilot talked about what it was like to fly the heavies and a World War Two navigator who was shot down and became a fighter pilot in Korea shared some of his aviation adventures. It was a delightful meeting.

          As we prepared for takeoff winds were 310 degrees at 15kts gusting to 22kts.

          We had a short ground roll and I flew a right down wind departure by noise abatement procedures.

          A small adjustment to John’s helmet had made communication practical so I gave him the controls.

          We climbed up to the ridge and descended over Lake Lopez in some pretty strong turbulence. John handled it well with smooth appropriate control inputs.

          As we made our way through the Huasna Valley we were on the leeward side of the ridge making for more rocking and rolling and some pretty good power changes to maintain altitude.

          I called Santa Maria (SMX) air traffic control over the Twitchell Reservoir and I was to make right traffic for runway three zero and report mid field. I suggested to John that we descend to pattern altitude over the city (1,300 feet mean seal level) and he pulled power over the foothills. I suggested he wait till we were past the hills before he began his descent to avoid colliding with the hills. He hit altitude his target exactly. I love how smoothly a good instrument pilot flies.

          John had not flown with me in several months and it was a little windy so I asked him if he felt comfortable landing. He did and he made a perfect landing with very little coaching from me. On our taxi to the hanger I taught John about managing the spool down on a windy day.

          We had some good hangar flying over his recently cross country adventure and then called it a day. We both had the warm afterglow of a shared aviation adventure.
          Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI


          • your videos are inspriational vanse, as a life long pilot I always search for the flying truth.
            Last edited by gyrojeffro; 09-22-2018, 07:37 PM. Reason: looking good vance!


            • Thank you Jeffro, always glad to have you along.
              Interesting video!
              Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI


              • Originally posted by gyrojeffro View Post
                your videos are inspriational vanse, as a life long pilot I always search for the flying truth.
                to be honest, vance flying on a plastic seat in open air has never oppealed to me, going back to my roots with a real airplane. I flew today and couldn't convence my brain to go above 500 ft even though I knew it was safe.