Unfortunately I am quite a bit away from turning out any hardware. My idea is a bit special so I have to come up with a design of my own and I feel I need a very thorough understanding of existing theory for this. That is why I programmed a numerical gyro simulation program. That one has made considerable progress though and I hope to be able to release it to the public sometime this year.
Do you already have an idea where in Germany you will be deployed and how long you will stay? We could try to meet and talk gyros over a nice beer....;-)
PS: I am afraid I have not quite understood the message system, that's why I post to your user profile as well....
Hi Jacob, long time no hear....;-)
Apart from the usual problem that progress on my gyro program is much slower than I'd like it to be I am doing very well. I had tried to contact you several times and when that failed I was worried as to what might have happened. Great to hear from you! Is your project now getting under way again, Jacob?
toll zu hören, dass es Dir gut geht und Du vielleicht demnächst mit Deinem Projekt anfangen kannst. Für Deinen Einsatz in Afghanistan wünsche ich dir "Hals- und Beinbruch" dass ist der Glückwunsch, den in Deutschland Flieger austauschen. Er hört sich etwas komisch an ist aber gut gemeint...;-) Euer Job in Afghanistan ist enorm wichtig für die Sicherheit in Europa und USA. Herzlichen Dank für das was ihr dort tut, auch an Deine Kameraden in der US Army.
In meinem Projekt hat es gerade am vorigen Wochenende einen wichtigen Fortschritt gegeben. Ich habe ein numerisches Helikopter Modell eines UH1-H (Huey) aus dem Jahre 1973 in Matlab/Simulink lauffähig gemacht und kann die Ergebnisse die '73 berechnet wurden recht exakt reproduzieren. Ich denke darüber nach, das ganze als open source Projekt weiter zu entwickeln. Ich hoffe ich find genug Leute, die Spass daran haben.
By Jove, Jacob,
that's what I call an ambitious project. The FW186 is a good looking aircraft, unfortunately (as you probably know) her flight characteristics were so poor that FW abandoned her so you might want to go for the Kellet..;-). Both had, as far as I know, a fuselage from welded steel tubes so you must have quite a well equipped shop. Do you think there is half a chance to get hold of the drawings for a Kellet?
Anyway I keep my fingers crossed for you and look forward to hearing of your progress in the forum.
PS: where did you pick up all that German?
tractor gyros have unfortunately gone a bit out of fashion. If I were to build one I'd use the fuselage of a Pietenpol Aircamper,
replace the wing by a two bladed rotor and add small wings where the undercarriage is now like in the Pitcairn PCA-2 and
PA-8 gyros (mainly to widen the wheel base). The new wings would be guyed to the attachment points of the original main
wing struts. (is guyed the correct term even tough these parts would be loaded in compression?)
great to hear you're back! I had tried to contact you (see below) and was a bit worried when you didn't reply. I have been busy writing my rotary wing program and have made some progress. I hope that you can now start on your gyro.
(PS: I probably posted this message twice now, struggling a bit with the message system...;-)