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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    Vance - The first two accidents both indicate the pilot thought he was supposed to "rotate" - so I question the instruction. My gyro CFI knew I was an instrument rated FW pilot and the very first thing he taught me was you don't rotate a gyro. The third accident indicates the pilot had not...
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    Vance, All 3 accidents you cite are incorrect positioning of throttle, cyclic and/or rudder.
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    Wow- Phil you and I agree completely. - Wonderful! If you manage smoothly increasing the throttle so you get increasing rotor rpm and increasing ground/air speed. If you manage balancing on the mains with cyclic position. If you manage directional control with the rudder. The gyro does the only...
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    So why is our accident rate so off the charts outrageous- given the small number of pilots and hours flown?
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    You say crow hops are essential- WHY? And yes this discussion has gone on for years- just like the insanely high accident rate for gyros has gone on for years. Correlation? Rob
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    In both my FW and gyro instruction proper exchange of controls was done when the CFI was going to demonstrate something. But on every early takeoff and landing they had their hand on the stick. Terry's touch was so light I was never quite sure what he had done, but the result was a smooth...
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    High speed taxi tests and crow hops being done by test pilots testing new aircraft are of course common. Teaching active rudder work for tail wheel transitions is also valuable. I do high speed taxi and or crow hops after any major work on my gyro myself and as I said earlier it is a good...
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    Yes it is essential to teach aborted take-offs and from any point in the take-off sequence as you do. That's different than crow hops as in the Bensen hold over folks. Rob
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    I wonder why I've never ever heard of a FW instructor teaching high speed taxi or crow hops?
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    A crow hop requires you to fly perfectly- inches off the runway. It's usually done in the early stages of flying- you are a novice. Why make a novice fly so precisely. Get in a bit of a crab, touch a wheel- it's over. Touch the nose wheel first- it's over. Drift to the edge of the runway...
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    Tyger, A few years back I was trying to convince the FAA to bring gyros into the LSA world with allowing factory built aircraft. I was on the ASTM committee developing standards for LSA gyros and had a petition before the FAA with that request. To support the petition I did a pretty deep dive...
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    Things I've never done in a gyro- Balancing on the mains the length of a runway and using throttle to manage that- so I never built any muscle memory for reducing throttle when trying to take-off. Instead I built muscle memory for actual take-offs which when done correctly have no possibility of...
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    Student accidents in FW flying are a minuscule number. In FW the accident rate kicks in about 200 hours when pilots get over confident, but for students and low time pilots the record is really good. By comparison the gyro world is a disaster- we train a far fewer number of students have an...
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    Nashua, New Hampshire - Magni M24 N327JD - 15th Jan 2020

    Phil, I'm curious - are you a CFI- do you teach what you are writing here or are you a student or newer pilot trying to understand things? Have you only flown in a Cavalon? I find confusion and incorrect information in nearly everything you post. Your statement above that accident pilots did...
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