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Vance
Vance
Gyroplane CFI
Joined: 10-30-2003
Location: Nipomo,California
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  • Vance
    replied to Training can be an emotional roller coaster.
    In my opinion if someone has a hard linked nose wheel in an RAF 2000 it is not adjusted correctly.

    That is exactly what Robert had done because he didnít like the way his followed the drainage channels while taxiing around the hangars at the Santa Maria Airport.

    He is a motorcycle...
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  • Vance
    replied to More fun flying The Predator.
    Thank you expanding the scope of the thread Jake; nicely explained.

    I didn't know if you wanted me to reveal the specifics so I didnít.

    Everything went together beautifully and to me they look nicer than what I had.

    The apparent changes in the flight characteristics...
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  • Vance
    replied to Training can be an emotional roller coaster.
    Roberts's nose wheel is not hard linked to the pedals.

    You are entitled to your opinion.

    I prefer a free castering nose wheel.

    Many people do not and most gyrroplanes sold today have a linked nose wheel steering.

    The goal was to get Robert's aircraft...
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  • Vance
    replied to Hoping for new Gyro
    Thank you for the thought Frank.

    If I were to purchase a new gyroplane it would be an American Ranger by Silverlight Aviation.

    In my opinion the AR does everything well that a trainer should do....
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  • Vance
    replied to More fun flying The Predator.
    Please see post 539 where I explained exactly what they are, how they are mounted and the reason for them.

    In my opinion what Kolibri describes would not work and I would recommend not using spherical bearings with a 3/8 hole for teeter bearings in a heavy gyroplane.


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  • Vance
    replied to Training can be an emotional roller coaster.
    Now that the links are adjusted correctly it is easy for Robert to managing the hard linked nose wheel because it is not hard linked.

    Part of good training is adjusting the rigging.

    Duane helped me with adjusting the nose wheel linkage.

    If you are having trouble...
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  • Vance
    replied to Training can be an emotional roller coaster.
    My wild guess is at some point they were over torqued. Duane Hunn guessed exactly where they broke. The aircraft has suspension and disk brakes so I don't know how much is RAF....
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  • Vance
    replied to Training can be an emotional roller coaster.
    Good morning Eddie, It was the three lug bolts that broke, not the axle. My recollection is they are three 3/8 bolts. They broke at the face of the hub.
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  • Vance
    replied to More fun flying The Predator.
    An extended test flight in The Predator.
    I wanted to see the difference the new rotor towers, spherical teeter bearings and cheek plates made and three times around the pattern was not enough flight time to be certain of what I felt so the next day I headed off to San Luis Obispo for lunch. ...
    Climbing to eight hundred feet (550 feet above the ground) departing runway three zero with point San Luis in the distance. Coming up on Oso Flaco Lake over the fields of the Santa Maria Valley at 800 feet. Oso Flaco Lake with the azure Pacific beckoning and Point San Luis in the distance North along the Shoreline at 500 feet.  I love the curve of the shoreline and the breaking waves. The newly refurbished Pismo Pier with Shell beach ahead.
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  • Vance
    replied to Training can be an emotional roller coaster.
    We are very different people.

    Sometime things just break for no reason.

    Sometime things break from poor design.

    It appears to me in is was not a typical failure so there is no reason to imagine it will fail again.

    There are lots of parts that could...
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  • Vance
    replied to Training can be an emotional roller coaster.
    The people who make the wheels said it was uncommon for the bolts to fail.

    I suspect Robert will use a torque wrench and will do everything practical to mitigate the risk.

    Robert is an A&P mechanic and appears to me to be more skilled than I am.

    The wheels...
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  • Vance
    replied to Training can be an emotional roller coaster.
    I suspect the wheel lugs will not fail again.

    The pre-rotator seems to be working just fine. I just need to be ready for the feel of the cyclic to change when Robert releases the pre-rotator.

    If I worried I wouldn't have as much fun as I do.
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  • Vance
    replied to More fun flying The Predator.
    The Predator is flying again.

    I finished her up at 4:00 this afternoon and went for a maintenance flight.

    I am not a professional mechanic and expected to have some minor maintenance and adjustment issues. I was pleasantly surprised with how well everything worked.
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  • Vance
    started a topic Training can be an emotional roller coaster.

    Training can be an emotional roller coaster.

    I have a client (Robert) who in my opinion was ready to solo in The Predator but still has some issues to work on to solo in his RAF. He took his aircraft back to his home airport to install a larger horizontal stabilizer and his Sport Copter trim system.

    We scheduled a week of training...
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  • Vance
    replied to Forum failure
    I have found the Rotary Wing Forum to be the most helpful site for me to learn about gyroplanes because of the people here.

    I am not ready to abandon the Rotary Wing Forum because of some technical challenges.

    I own a software company and have developed proprietary software...
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  • Vance
    replied to Gyro down in Sebring, FL 2 fatal
    in News
    I feel the Piloting Technique/Accident Discussions would be a better place for speculations rather than in News. Someone has already started a thread about this accident there....
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  • Vance
    replied to ROTAX 914 vs 912iS with CSP
    I suspect you will get more thrust for takeoff from a 914 with a correctly adjusted propeller than from a 912iS with a constant speed propeller particularly at high altitude.

    Takeoff power is limited to five minutes for both engines....
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  • Vance
    replied to Gyro down in Sebring, FL 2 fatal
    in News
    I have not read of a report of a distress call on the CTAF until now.

    When I make a distress call I report my location, souls on board, my initial assessment of the problem and the expected outcome.

    If Chris made a distress call on the CTAF it may be informative.
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  • Vance
    replied to More fun flying The Predator.
    The Predator doesn't have a one piece mast.

    The Predator doesn't use hats.

    The hats didn't last very long so I replaced them with a proper inner race as can be seen in the picture.

    The setup I have is very common and works just fine as long as I lube the bearings...
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  • Vance
    replied to 10 awesome personal aircraft
    $160,000 seems high to me for an engine and panel.
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