RE: In that photo of the Brock gyro in post #1, (N144MG) was constructed by Mark Givens, formerly of Antelope, CA, according to the FAA's aircraft registration files. It was certificated back in 1992. He apparently is the same fella who built N142MG, the Predator, now owned by Vance.
Can we assume that is Mark patting up his rotorblades (or slowing them down, since his finger tips look to be in front of the blade's leading edge...) in the photo? Anyone know him personally (Vance?) to say?
Edit: From the position of his arm & hand, as well as his wrist watch's face dial location, he appears to doing the former, rather than the latter...
I met Mark Givans several years after I purchased The Predator at Marysville at an EAA fly in and then he stopped by Santa Maria with his new wife about a year ago. He is a very nice, very knowledgeable gentleman. He first flew The Predator in 1999 and sold it to a friend of his around 2006. I purchased her in 2,007 with less than 200 hours. She is coming up on 2,200 flight hours.
In my opinion the person in the picture at El Mirage could be anyone Kevin.
The person in the back seat of The Predator in the picture is Sam Puma, a client who is even older than me, a flight surgeon and an Edward’s trained test pilot. As I recall he was born in 1937. He is wearing his flight suit from many years ago. I am proud to know him.
The picture was taken by Rene; A fighter pilot and flight instructor.
It is a perfect example of why not to hurry aviation and why a through briefing is so important.
It is also a good example of how things can be compounded.
I prefer to tell stories that people will remember rather than just sharing what I believe.
I am proud to know you and value our friendship.
I don't use your name when I tell the story.