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  1. Chopper Reid

    Can Anyone Help ?

    I'm in a bit of a pickle so to speak. I'm wanting to purchase from the USA CV boots for my Polaris 4 wheeler & Rocky Mountains can supply the goods for a fraction of the cost we are paying here in Australia for the same item but I cant get the package shipped cause the box contains a satchel of...
  2. Chopper Reid

    Rotax 912 Spag Clutch

    Most of you hopefully have not had to re new this bearing. A very costly bearing to say the least but if its not working correctly then it makes starting a Rotax 912 quite a annoying exercise. I had all sorts of well intended advice on why my 912 was kicking back when trying to start. I tried...
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    912 ULS Rotax Black Box Failures. Have you had one ?

    Just recently I had the black boxes [ both ] fail on my 912 ULS Rotax engine. This failure was verified by the importers with their test equipment. When talking with Floods, they said the boxes failure was nothing to do with any wires breaking or failing & that the failure was entirely in the...
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    Fatal Accident Australia

    I regret to have to inform you of the death of Dean Driscoll of Bollon, Queensland.The accident happened Sunday, Murray , Allan [ ASRAS's senior Operations department ] investigeted the accident scene and it appears that something as simple as a helmet coming off in flight has happened, the...
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    A Few Facts About Australia

    1.Australia comprisies just 5% of the worlds land area, yet is the planets 6th largest country, 2. An area of 2,941,299 sq miles. 3, Australia is slightly smaller than the USA. 4. Australia is the lowest continebt in the world, average elevation of just 330 metres. 5 .Desert makes up 20% of...
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    Reliable Suby???

    There are a few here on his forum that openly state they would only fly with a Lycoming or similiar because of so called reliability etc. Thats all fine and to those of you who dont know any diferent I think you are the loosers. My gyro has a 2.2 fuel injected, electronic ignition Suby, came...
  7. Chopper Reid

    Thrust Lines. How Far Above is Okay??

    We all know that Magni /ELA & MTO's have HTL 's yet those three are considered 'stable' and have a very good safety record. Now, I am not a technical expert here but I am aware that the big stabalizer way out the back and the rotors are two reasons why they are 'stable'. There will be more...
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    "Arerodynamics of Gyroplanes"

    Are any of you familair or know anything of this extensive 356 page study released by the UK CAA. Its a joint research between the University of Glasgow and the UK CAA. The good Professor "Houston" man behind the report. I would be interested in those who know anything about Professor Houston...
  9. Chopper Reid

    Magni Gyrocopters

    Question, does a Magni fly nose down, nose up or level in staight and level flight ?
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    Throttle Handling

    I have seen a few comments regarding the reducing of power or throttle where its been said " chop throttle". Sudden changes of power are to be avoided unless its critical to safety, all movements of any control should be SMOOTH, even the hardest turn or reduction of throttle can be done...
  11. Chopper Reid

    RAF Hub Bar

    A friend of mine has bought a RAF and its the first time I have had the oppertunity to look at a genuine RAF hub bar. Just how dangerous are they and what is actually the problem with them and how many hours are they safe for ?? BTW, the new tail with a STAB is on its way so that is one area...
  12. Chopper Reid

    RAF Crashes.

    Was wondering, approximately how many fatalities have there been from what might be described as a PPO or similar in flight where the RAF gyro has tumbled?? I'm not wanting any lectures, rants or whatever, I am fully familiar with the RAF design and the shortcomings etc. A friend of mine has...
  13. Chopper Reid

    Stan Foster & the AVMAP GPS

    Stan, we bought the Avmap gps and have given it 6 days work so far. Its not as user friendly as the old Skyforce gps and I have still much to learn about driving the Avmap well but I'm impressed so far, the 'bread crumb 'track is more than I could have wished for and to think you have the choice...
  14. Chopper Reid

    Video cameras, which one?

    I'm going to buy a video camera and I see we have the latest thing with a 30 to 40 gig hard drive instead of DVD's or tapes. I was looking to use this video from the gyro and was looking for suggestions from the more technical minded in regard to the pluse's and minuses of hard drive cameras and...
  15. Chopper Reid

    Forced Landings

    It has been very interesting and informative watching the debate roll on over my comments on "My first Engine Out". Some of the comments were predictable and along party lines and oher's pretty scary. I dont like pointing someone out in particular but a lot of people could do well to go back...
  16. Chopper Reid

    Newbies delight

    I imagine everyone has figured out by now that Rob Dubin is a professional filmmaker. I'd take the opposite tack to those who say newbies shouldn't see this video. It's a perfect example of expert energy management. In doing such maneuvers in a draggy aircraft, you're continually trading energy...
  17. Chopper Reid

    When is a gyro over rotored ??

    Over they years, I have gradually increased the size of the rotors I am using, going from 26 ers to 27's then 27 ft 6 in's and then just lately a set of 28's. Birdy is the only one I have heard of making a comment about a gyro being 'over rotored' and I wondered what Chuck or Doug thought about...
  18. Chopper Reid

    Rotor Disc Management

    After reading about the loss of Ken I rememeberedd an incident that happened here in Australia that could help pilots. While this incident was not fatal, it prompted the pilot to say that gyros were dangerous and that they can do certain things that a gyro normally could not do in normal flight...
  19. Chopper Reid

    Loss Of Lift

    Flying back to the station the other day I ran into some reasonably heavy rain and noticed I was descending and added power to maintain altitiude, I glanced at the rotor tacho and it read 290 [normally 310/315]. I use fiberglass rotors and I was wondering why a loss of rotor revs occured. Is it...
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