You are landing that M-24 like a Cirrus SR20 pilot:
I feel most comfortable and least stressful to land that way.too fast at touchdown and too flat (NW touching with mains). If you're going to land so fast, at least flare more and keep the NW up. My 2 pence.
Thank you.Good videography, though!
Don't get comfortable.I feel most comfortable and least stressful to land that way.
My suggestion is that after a good landing you will need to add power to get up to taxi speed. You won't need brakes except possibly for steering, depending on your nosewheel type. For no wind conditions, try for a fast walk or less. With noticeable wind, try to do zero ground speed. With practice, this is not difficult for most gyro designs.How low?
My recollection is that a Cirrus SR20 has a stall speed of 57kts with flaps.You are landing that M-24 like a Cirrus SR20 pilot: too fast at touchdown and too flat (NW touching with mains). If you're going to land so fast, at least flare more and keep the NW up. My 2 pence. Good videography, though!
I've already thanked you for that advise in the past. :Try NOT to land.
Because of power-pitch-yaw coupling with most gyroplanes I recommend leaving the throttle alone from 20 feet above the ground to touchdown.Try NOT to land.
Get down to 2 feet.
Let her float, gradually reducing the power.
As she sinks in, RAISE the nose,and smoothly remove any remaining power.
The landings in the video appear smooth and consistent at less than ten knots of ground speed.
I don't mind replying to my own post. As I get older, I often talk to myself.With every gyro I have flown it is possible to touch down at essentially zero ground speed under most conditions.
I don't know if you have any fixed wing experience, but if you do, try to make every landing a "full stall" landing. That is, hold the aircraft off the ground with increasing back stick until the aircraft is incapable of flight. At some point the aircraft will settle to the landing surface at a really slow forward speed. With any appreciable headwind, it will appear that you have touched down with no forward speed.
If I could make a perfect gyro landing (I think I made one in 1976 and another in 2004) the throttle would hit the idle stop, the ground speed would be zero, the stick would be at the aft stop, and the wheels would go "squeak" all at the same time.
Grove aircraft has a really neat Kinetic energy calculator that we can "mis-use" to give us an idea of the energy increase that occurs when we touch down just a little fast. https://groveaircraft.com/wbproducts.html
Change the number of wheels with brakes to 1. That way you will be able to see total kinetic energy. Enter your typical landing weight and some speed. For the sake of argument, enter 10 knots. Read the total energy. Double the speed to 20 knots. See what happens to the energy.
From the kinetic energy standpoint alone, it's a really good idea to touch down as slowly as possible.