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    I'd like to thank Michael O'Shea for flying his beautiful Calidus down to the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight, and giving an up close and personal presentation on the DOJ's program for using lighter, more cost-effective aircraft for law enforcement. Mike, come on back next year on Saturday...
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    VA Festival of Flight

    Time for my annual reminders for the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. This year VARFOF will be the weekend of April 30-May 1, and once again will be at the Suffolk Municipal Airport (KSFQ) in southeastern VA, about 1 mile north of the NC border and about 20 miles inland. There will be...
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    Forum Presenters?

    I have been handed the task of recruiting presenters for forums and workshops for the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight at the end of May. I was thinking that it might be a good place for a basic gyrocraft forum, sort of an "introduction to gyros (and why they aren't flying deathtraps)" or...
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    Saluting a CMH Honoree

    Navy Petty Officer, PO2 (Petty Officer, Second Class) EOD2 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Second Class) "MIKE MONSOOR" April 5th, 1981 ~ September 29th, 2006 Mike Monsoor was Awarded The Congressional Medal Of Honor Last Week For Giving His Life In Iraq , As He Jumped On, And Covered...
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    You Don't Mess With The Corps

    This One For A Speeding Ticket Two Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, just north of Oceanside , San Diego , California . One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching the crest of a hill. The officers were...
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    Virginia Regional Festival of Flight

    Hey, folks, it's time once again for the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight (Once known as the EAA Virginia Regional Fly-In, before EAA punked out of the Fly-In business). The dates are Saturday & Sunday, May 22 & 23. Decent number of vendors, lots of forums. We had over 200 planes &...
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    Personal Breakthrough

    As I was flying home from a holiday visit with the family in California, I was readining Paul Abbot's "Understanding the Gyroplane" (for about the third time) when a previously unpowered light went off in my head, and... I FINALLY UNDERSTAND HOW AUTOROTATION WORKS!! :whoo: I know, it's old hat...
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    What do I unlearn?

    I am a fixed wing pilot. I practice standard maneuvers a lot. Steep turns, emergency landings, engine outs, various types of standard stalls. Nothing aerobatic, no spins. This gives me a set of reflexes to handle these basic emergencies (or at least I hope so). In order to learn to fly gyros...
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    Pilots & Paws

    This is more for the FW pilots on the board. I'm not sure how it would work with gyros... I just flew my first mission arranged through Pilots & Paws. P&P is a loose orginization (basically a website) that connects animals, mostly dogs that have been rescued or are in "High-Kill" shelters, with...
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    Virginia Festival of Flight

    Just getting in an early notification here. The Virginia Festival of Flight (Formerly the EAA Virginia Regional Fly-In) will take place at Suffolk Municipal Airport (KSFQ) on Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31. SFQ in in the SE corner of VA, about 5 miles north of the NC border and about 15-20 miles...
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    Saw a DC3

    I was on a Connecting flight through Charlotte yesterday afternoon and there was a beautiful DC3 pulled off to the side of the taxiway with engine trouble. It was painted in the old Piedmont Airlines colors. Does anybody know anything about this plane?
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    Virginia Regional Fly-In

    :plane::plane:Coming this Father's Day weekend. They've moved it to Suffolk Executive Airport (KSFQ), which is in the Southeast corner of VA, about 20 miles inland & a dozen or so north of the NC border (Distances approximate; your milage may vary). No airshows, unfortunately. I'd love to see...
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    Virginia Regional Fly-In

    Coming this Father's Day weekend. They've moved it to Suffolk Executive Airport (KSFQ), which is in the Southeast corner of VA, about 20 miles inland & a dozen or so north of the NC border (Distances approximate; your milage may vary). No airshows, unfortunately. I'd love to see a couple Gyros...
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    I have just been informed that I will be in Peoria on business in a couple of week. Being somewhat geographically challenged regarding that area of the country, is there anybody near there who might want to show off their gyro? I'm still looking for eyes-on experience.
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    What's this opportunity worth?

    There is a Bensen gyro (or at least most of one) at the local airport that belonged to a gentleman who has passed away. A friend of a friend is brokering the sale for the widow, and neither of them are experts on gyrocraft. Of course, neither am I. If I go look at it, what should I look for...
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    Ron A Must Die

    It's sad, really. He seems like a nice guy, and I enjoy his posts. But I clicked on the link he puts at the bottom of his posts, and now I have that damn "Those Things Are Huge" song stuck in my head. I can't get rid of it, it's driving me crazy (well, that's not really a "drive"; more of a...
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    Bensen Days 2008

    I know it's a bit early, but what are the dates for Bensen Days 2008? Or have they been determined yet? I may be in FL in early April...
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    Yet another insanely basic question

    Here's another question for remedial Gyrocraft 101: I have a picture in my mind of the cross-section of a standard airfoil, basically flat on the bottom, rounded at the front, with the greatest thickness about 1/3 back, then tapering to almost a point at the trailing edge. I also hold in my...
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    Where can I fly & land

    Coming as I do from the more structured world of FW training, I was wondering what the laws/rules/regulations are for where I can take of and land. City streets? Country roads? Fallow fields & meadows? The parking lot at the local Wal-Mart?
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    CG Adjustment

    If I extend the front of the keel a foot or so as to extend my rudder pedals and keep my knees away from my ears, what is the best way to counter the forward shift of the CG that would occur? Lower thrustline? larger or differently angled horizontal stabilizers? An old microwave oven duct taped...