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Vance
Vance
Gyroplane CFI
Joined: 10-30-2003
Location: Nipomo,California
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  • In my opinion N198LT did not fall nose first from 150 feet above the ground.

    That is not constant with hitting the wires and ending up on the mobile home.

    We know it hit the wires because they were broken and we know it landed on the mobile home because it was destroyed....
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  • Congratulations Doug!...
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  • The value of carefully inspecting aircraft before flight.

    Sometimes people want me to teach them to fly in a gyroplane they already own.

    I have a firm policy that it needs to have a current annual condition inspection done by an A&P mechanic that I know.

    I have seen too many sloppy annual condition inspections to assume a stranger...
    The damaged steering stem. An example of how tidy the turbocharger installation is. The radiator hose in contact with the stainless braded hose.
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  • Thank you Steve!!!

    I always learn a lot when I spend time with the information you have collected and collated.

    It is so nice to learn from reality instead reading of fantasy and fear mongering....
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  • I have flown in 17 airshows (32 shows) under the jurisdiction of three different FSDOs.

    I would sometimes go over my routine with the FAA representative and it was always approved. Often on the second day the hard deck (if I had one) would be lowered.

    I don't know the name...
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  • Vance
    started a topic What is aerobatic flight in a gyroplane?

    What is aerobatic flight in a gyroplane?

    At any of the airshows I have flown a passenger is not allowed during the wavered airspace.

    I used to have a discussion about the definition of aerobatic with the FAA representative at every air show I flew. Typically there were two FAA reps watching the performance to make certain the...
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  • Vance
    replied to A contender...
    It is all about priorities.

    When I fly and air show I am required to be 500 feet from the crowd. I donít recall ever landing close to people.

    The gyroplane Kolibri claims to fly doesnít have a robust 4130 mast and he will sell it to someone as is when he gets his Sport Copter....
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  • Vance
    replied to A contender...
    If the rotor separates after impact it has already used up a lot of the stored kinetic energy.

    The pilot and the passenger are the ones most likely to be in the vicinity of the energy that is left.

    I feel it may be safer to have the rotor depart the aircraft after impact....
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  • Vance
    replied to A contender...
    "Mostly a fluke" it typical of your hyperbole and fear mongering.

    It would be nice if you would be honest.

    I don't know why you feel you need to make things up about how dangerous a gyroplane is Kolibri.

    I feel your unfounded fantasies misdirect pilot's...
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  • Vance
    replied to A contender...
    There is a large amount of stored kinetic energy in a rotor system at flight rpm Kevin.

    Contact with the ground at near flight rotor rpm releases that energy suddenly and the weak link either bends or breaks.

    Looking at the absence of injuries and the minimal damage to the...
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  • Vance
    replied to A contender...
    There have been no mast separations in flight for the Tercel reported to the NTSB to date....
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  • Vance
    replied to S-turns
    I felt your timeframe of flying in the spring was unreasonable Kolibri; so I wanted to make certain you knew how soon spring started and when it was over. Spring begins March 20 and is over June 21.

    I went to the website and see kit deliveries of the M2 will begin in spring so it looks...
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  • Vance
    replied to Registration
    I have not seen a Dominator that was ultralight legal Jim.
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  • Vance
    replied to A contender...
    Thank you for posting the pictures Kevin.

    I used them as a teaching aid just this morning.

    I try to keep it simple.

    If the cyclic was full back to begin the takeoff roll there was no way to lift the nose by pulling the cyclic back.

    It appears to me...
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  • Vance
    replied to HKS 700e
    Carl Schnideder's gyroplane was not a Dominator. Some people called it a Carlinator. It was different in many details.
    In my opinion a light gyroplane with a light pilot will fly well on 60 horsepower at sea level.
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  • Vance
    replied to S-turns
    Spring starts Wednesday, March 20 and ends Friday, June 21....
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  • Vance
    replied to A contender...
    This is a good example of the challenge a flight instructor faces when they solo someone.

    It appears he invented his own take off technique.

    I have had clients not want the nose to pop up suddenly so they donít move the cyclic all the way aft. They see the aircraft is accelerating...
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  • Vance
    replied to S-turns
    I use the NTSB reports as part of the flight training I offer so I am familiar with them. I have mentioned repeatedly in my posts that I feel there are insufficient data points for useful statistical analysis.

    I feel if ELA and AutoGyro had the scope of the problem you postulate Kolibri;...
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  • Vance
    replied to S-turns
    Based on my analysis; in my opinion none of the 39 accidents in the last three years reported to the NTSB were caused by a linked nose wheel.

    Before I became a flight instructor I felt a nose wheel linked to the rudder pedals was a bad idea. As a low time gyroplane pilot I had scared myself...
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  • Vance
    replied to S-turns
    I will do my best not to misquote you Ed.

    I like the way you think and question things and do not want to drive you away.

    Your background in fixed wings is helpful to understanding and you express yourself well.

    I feel you are an asset to the gyroplane community...
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