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WaspAir
WaspAir
Supreme Allied Gyro CFI
Last Activity: Today, 07:07 PM
Joined: 10-21-2006
Location: San Jose, CA
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  • My first reaction is that this is a bit like asking, "why get a turbocharger on a Subaru when you could just buy the obvious alternative of a Ferrari?"
    My next reaction is to suggest that a different way of looking at it, equally valid, is "why pay six figures more just to get...
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  • WaspAir
    replied to New gyro planned with jump takeoff?
    No, the A&S 18A came only with a constant speed Hartzell prop. There are both two and three blade versions, but all are controllable. They are direct drive, but there is a transmission for the rotor head that determines the appropriate rpm ratio. The rotor does indeed snap from flat to flight...
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    replied to New gyro planned with jump takeoff?
    The 18As I fly show adverse roll with yaw, thanks to the distribution of lateral surface area, but that's the only handling oddity I've noticed in many years of operation. I've never noticed any pitch-roll coupling or squirrelly behavior. I find them docile and forgiving....
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  • WaspAir
    replied to Al Ball has passed away.
    in News
    Oh, no! I was just worrying about him this week because of the fires around Santa Paula, and was going to check the forum for any news, and then spotted this.

    I did the test flying for the A&S18A he rebuilt, and gave him some instruction in it. I'll really miss him.

    P.S....
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  • As to the accident aircraft, the rumor at the time was that they had exceeded 200% of the service life limit when the bearing failed (no big surprise).
    As to the Airfacts article, the author reports some "alternative facts". First, Vne was not because of retreating blade stall (106...
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  • WaspAir
    replied to Loda
    Of course, you could always buy one of the A&S18As in my hangar, and have no need for a LODA....
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  • WaspAir
    replied to New gyro planned with jump takeoff?
    A different explanation, based on historical speculation:

    The real reason we have a paucity of developed jump take off production gyroplanes is .... wait for it ... the U.S. Army. Back in the 1940s, they decided that hovering was just the coolest thing and absolutely essential, so...
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  • WaspAir
    replied to A broken accident chain!
    Hi, Vance -
    Did you declare an emergency when you called the tower?
    Just wondering.
    A typical tower response to declaring is "cleared to land, any runway", and they cancel all other clearances immediately.
    J.R.
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  • WaspAir
    replied to Old Vs Modern. T/O Length.
    Many of the old Kellett / Pitcairn era designs had fully articulated systems allowing for flat pitch spin ups and pitch-pull lift offs, and could indeed take off in much shorter distances, regardless of wind, than a fixed-collective modern gyro that must run forward to gain rotor rpm. Jump capability...
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  • WaspAir
    replied to Good for another year.
    I don't think I'll bother renewing mine in May. I think I can do what I wish with just the BasicMed. It allows all my intended operations (including instructing) with the odd exception of acting as a safety pilot for my friends' instrument currency. The FAA's interpretation (for now, anyway) is that...
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