I've often wondered if there were a practicle use & need for these type aircraft. Because of their great mobility and visibility from the sky and cheep operating cost. Back around the mid 80's I recieved a call from Kurt Shaw "one of the owners of the Windryders Gyro company" he asked if I would be willing to help in a aerial search for a missing woman feared dead for the Greeley police department (a town about 50 miles north of Denver) I said sure if the weather was right, the time of year was October, could go either way around these parts. So he said he would pass it on to the lead Detective on the case. Sure enough a short time later a call came in and this gentleman asked if I could come out to a Church on Saturday and meet all the search crews for the sites "turns out there were more then one" and we would all be sent out to our locations. When We got to ours, "just on the northern outskerts of the town of Greeley turns out there was a big lake in the middle of the field with trees & hills. At the time I had a modafied Bensen style with Rotax 503 and no prerotator. After putting the Gyro together I asked the Detective on the case if he could block traffic on the county road so I could take off, he said sure. He sent one of his Police cruisers to do the deed. After take off I did a grid search over the lake real low and slow (could see all the way to the bottom no matter how deep) also did a sweep around & above everywhere else, took all of about 20 minutes or so flight time. The other people looking there were on horseback, motorcycles. atv's & walking. They still had about an hour to go to cover the area I just did. Forget about the lake there's no way they could have seen the way I did with no rotorwash. After my flight I landed in the field near the road as not to cause problems with traffic again. After slowing down & stopping the rotors I approched the Detective and said he would not find a body anywhere in the lake or on the surface anyhow. After going home and thinking about my first hand experince that day I realized there was a real need and use for these type aircraft. Later that evning while watching the local news, we found ourselves on tv. Sadly they had found that lady's body the same day at another location in a shed................Dick...........(Blood is thicker then water, but it ain't thicker then a dollar)..........Try loaning money to a relative!