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  • Kitplanes has been running a series on Gyroplane stability. They are relating speed to stability and suggesting using an elevator for control at high speeds and rotor tilt for low speeds. Comments?

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    • There's an erroneous impression out there that gyros become unduly sensitive at high airspeeds. That simply isn't true for gyros in general. It IS true for gyros that have an unstable airframe layout (misplaced prop thrustline, misplaced center of fuselage drag) -- but it makes more sense to fix the underlying design problem that to introduce a second system of control.

      A gyro that's properly designed to begin with develops a firmer and firmer "feel" as it speeds up. It's the opposite of twitchy.

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      • Great point Doug.
        Leigh.

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