Bandit Gyroplane

j4flyer

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Apr 7, 2004
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Woodland, Ca
I thought Jim or Chucks design was simple and a good example of out of the box designing. I’ve only seen it once on a lightening gyro. But, it seemed to work very well. There’s a wealth of talent in the gyro community. Maybe Jim will bring it back or supply plans and parts.
 

Supermotive

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Sep 13, 2019
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Greenville
Brian in this case looks are deceiving. The single place Bandit is probably one of the easiest Gyros for a newbie to fly. The Gyro was never built without a large horizontal stab. We equipped all of our Gyros with them when the status quo were telling us they weren’t necessary. Having flown many designs I can honestly say you would probably be very surprised by the single place.
Joe went on to build a two place Gyro. Because of the requirement by buyers for a center line thrust gyro, Joes two place was built using that concept. Having flown both, I thought the two place was a poor design. The stability enhancement wasn’t noticeable and the Pilot and Passenger lost the roll cage protection of the single place.
I’m currently bringing a Bandit back to flying condition. Mine will have a C-85 for power which differs from the original Bandit. This Gyro was built by Joe and Bob Aspegren. Bob went on to design and fly his own design.
Anyway, I hope this post sheds a new light on these Gyros. The single place is very safe and stable. The two place, not so much.
Also, Jim Vanek designed a hand crank prerotator that worked very well.
I would love to have the plans for this machine. Perhaps a CLT redesign could be baked in to this machine.
 
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