The VERY embarrassed party ...will comment on his own about what happened ...in due course - I'm sure! None of his friends will dox him!I thought I heard someone had a hard landing in Denis's Black gyro during Mentone....any truth to that and who the pilot was???
Vance: It takes guts/courage to admit to a mishap, however slight! Thank you!
I say thank you because I & others try to learn from mistakes pilot's make, hopefully to avoid the same occurrence.
She flew beautifully with very little stick shake, good rudder authority and very maneuverable.
I did not spend enough time getting to know the aircraft, the panel, the sight picture and the unusual throttle on the ground.
I could not hear the radio once I was airborne so after a little air work restricted by a low ceiling I came back to land.
I was a little slow and flared a little high and touched down tail wheel first.
It was a hard enough landing to bend the keel and damage the prop.
I should have added power and had confusion managing the twist throttle.
There is no excuse for my carelessness.
Denis was very nice about it and initially refused to have me pay for the damage.
We eventually reached an agreement.
Thanks Vance, was just curious what happened being that the gyro is new to most of us and that I am considering one of the 912 units like Resai is building.
I tried to load a video of the mishap here but it would not load for me.