- Sep 23, 2009
- Pace, Florida
- Maule MT7-235; RAF 2000 (sold)
Airgyro now has a sparrow hawk for training. I will be picking it up from GBA ASAP. I talked to them today and it is all approved.
...Searching the FAA website gives 232 hits for gyroplane, but only 34 for gyrocopter (and about 2/3 of those all talk about the same accident), so usage in general appears to be improving.
Understood, but if you're talking with ATC in an area where they haven't seen many, controllers will be sometimes be confused by "gyroplane." I know it's moving. Maybe in 20 years the official term will find more widespread colloquial use.
Interestingly, the most common error I get in the 18A is they respond to me as "experimental", and I have to correct that, too.
A gyro is flow almost onto the deck; the flare begins at an altitude of 6-12 inches.
That depends on the required approch Doug.
Theres a spot i land at often, where i have to literally 'drop' off the edge of a 60' tree line into dead air, with only bout 30 yards to hit, before i run into ol mates shed.
Its harder wen theres good wind coz ill be riden the ridge lift till im clear of the trees [ coupla times i wasnt quite clear] at low power n AS, then chop power n drop into the dead stuff, so the flair can need to be 40' sumtimes to give the machine time to pitch up n gain rrpms.
I, at one point, did not apply throttle to save a bad landing, and it cost me a set of rotors and a new mast. THe wind was coming at my nose at 25-35 mph, I flared too high, and it suddenly changed direction 90 degrees to my right. A rolling tube sucked the bubble out from under my rotors at the same time, and I went down harder than just a drop from a high flare, I got sucked down. Had I throttled up I would likely have easily saved it, but as it was I found myself duckwalking in a 25 mph cross wind, lifting me up and over. Not good. I'll never let such a stupid deficiency in power application throw me around like that ever again. .