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    Gyro Tech vs Sportcopter Blades

    Obviously that's a common view for many makes of blades. I happen to really like Aerospatiale/Eurocopter blades for the same reason, they've kept me airborne for several thousand hours. I've heard predominantly positive things about Sport Rotors, so that's a good sign, particularly from a...
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    Gyro Tech vs Sportcopter Blades

    Thanks for the responses, it's certainly given me plenty of food for thought. Stew
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    Why don’t they make safer gyroplanes?

    Scrolling through old topics I've commented on and I find a reply from one of the crusty old buggers who taught me part of the trade and led me through some dark nights in a sandbox. Didn't know you'd become part of the gyro dark side. How's life treating you? Still QFI'ing or have they...
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    Gyro Tech vs Sportcopter Blades

    All, I'm just looking for pros vs cons of Gyro Tech or Sportcopter blades for an RAF 2000. Not a question about rotor heads, that's a different issue (albeit related). Thoughts on efficiency, lifespan and rotating moment of inertia, hub design, etc. Stew
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    Why don’t they make safer gyroplanes?

    There is a part of the population that can't see the difference between brave and foolish. Too many gyro CFIs and 'old sweats' who have got into the 'that's how gyros fly' and invented all sorts of BS reasons to support their view, 'more agile/maneuverable/higher performance/etc'. The fact...
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    Why don’t they make safer gyroplanes?

    I'm not against doing 'crazy $#!t', but I've tried to follow the advice of my first Sqn OC. 'Stick with the SOP! If you want or need to diverge from the SOP, plan it, brief your crew/formation, let them critically examine your plan and then, if you still want to do it, do it.' I've broken...
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    Why don’t they make safer gyroplanes?

    I lurk for months and then find a subject I believe important enough to comment on. This is one. When you add the above to Eddie's 'that's all I needed to know about lift', you get to the nub of the problem with the lack of 'safer pilots'. This is not aimed at Eddie, I've read enough of his...
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    Poll: Let's Ban Willisbr.

    Don't forget England's Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon, and perhaps last Orthodox King, of England. When he met that 'nice' Christian Norman, and Franco-Viking, by the name of William, the meeting was going very well and may have resulted in fluffiness and light throughout Europe for centuries...
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    Poll: Let's Ban Willisbr.

    One of those English girls that I've been so disparaging of came to Canada to be my mum. I could even admit there are a few 'English Roses' still wandering the streets of old Blighty, but then the history wouldn't be so entertaining so I'll stick wwith my original story. Until my mum finds out.
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    Poll: Let's Ban Willisbr.

    Erik, You got it. After 14 years in the UK, I imported my wife :whoo:, not from Denmark but the principle applies.
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    Poll: Let's Ban Willisbr.

    Brian, Give six guys pizza, beer and a locked room for 36 hours and you have the formula for solving 99% of the world's problems. Problem is, too much of society doesn't like the solution they'd come up with. Stew
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    Poll: Ban Kolibri

    Kolibri, I've actually read a lot of your posts and find some useful, others not. I disagree with you in some cases but others not. For the record, I think you should put your name in your signature block, that's all. Stew Stau is my real name, it was shortened by my military colleagues...
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    Poll: Let's Ban Willisbr.

    Ah yes, English, our great non-language. A bunch of Britons sat around happily speaking one of several Gaelic languages and then a crowd of Italians with stylish helmets and short swords showed up and introduced Latin. A few moons pass and a bunch of Angles (Danes . . . ish) showed up and...
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    RAF2000 rotor bearing and spindle "Jesus" bolt

    Roger, I misunderstood your previous post. Failing to heed advice is somewhat short of an 'indiscretion'. Been both sides of that equation myself from time to time. I shall return to watching the learning process for all it's lessons on gyros, life, aviation, engineering and humans. A bit of...
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    RAF2000 rotor bearing and spindle "Jesus" bolt

    Vance, I can see both sides of the equation. I'm an engineer and a professional pilot and, while the Ac Capt is legally responsible for the airworthiness of his/her kite, the wrench monkey has a moral obligation to make good on the 'contract' he/she accepts while wielding the wrench. Kolibri...
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    RAF2000 rotor bearing and spindle "Jesus" bolt

    Kolibri, I like the way you think and I've always appreciated Birdy's allergy to BS. In the Royal Air Force we had a 'blood on the carpet' debriefing culture. Not always needed but, when needed, absolutely necessary. Carry on mate, you're doing us all a favour by insisting on higher standards.
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    Known RAF Issues

    "how much money is your life worth" That's the million dollar question isn't it. However, I find that many who ask it forget context and perspective. I am a former member of a NATO Tiger Sqn and on the wall was a memorial plaque to a former member who died of cancer. Despite being terminally...
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    Known RAF Issues

    Some don't understand how dangerous lions are and others refuse to believe they can be dangerous. You'll note that the same patterns emerge regarding ISIS. These are the ostrich types. Others want to believe they can be tamed and listen to fellow believers in the 'can be tamed' theory. These...
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    Known RAF Issues

    Mate, I PM'd you about the keel drop drawings. I've got a kit I bought in 2003 that I'm slowly modifying. 10 years overseas between purchase and getting home to Canada allowed me to learn a bit more about the machine. Aussie Paul and others have been very helpful in feeding me a wealth of...
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    Drop Keel

    I've sent you a PM.
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