FW and Gyros
- Oct 17, 2014
- Cessna 152, 172, 172RG, 177, 206 -- Piper 180 -- RV-7A -- Calidus -- RAF2000 -- Sport Copter II and
- Total Flight Time
No, Vance, my "fantasy world" is that something is first overbuilt, for safety and long service life, and field experience later illuminatesIt appears to me that the engineers at AutoGyro did not correctly anticipate the loads from the customer use for rotor system one and field experience motivated a redesign of the blade grips.
As far as I know no one was hurt using the first rotor system.
You live in a fantasy world if you imagine that everything is engineered correctly when it leaves the factory in any industry.
where weight and expense may be reduced without unwisely compromising strength.
AutoGyro (and ELA, etc.), on the other hand, underbuilds from the start, and field experience soon mandates that they add strength.
For life-risky aviation, that's the wrong way to do it.