Effect of prerotation on takeoff distance

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In the Sportcopter video, the forward acceleration phase has disappeared, due to the headwind.
Only the phase of takeoff with an angle of attack increasing, instead of standard takeoff with a angle of attack decreasing.
Hmmm, we'll have to disagree on that.
The headwind that day was about 6G10kts, not even 15 kts, and not even the rough field take-off AS to "disappear" the forward acceleration phase.

Our flexshaft prerotator can not only spin up to flight RRPM, but do so while ending at any amount of aft stick. In our experience with our machines, this can shorten take-off distance for a competent pilot, headwind or not. Gyros using a U-jointed driveshafts prerotator do not well lend themselves to that technique, because it's hard on the U-joint—thus, they spin to 200 RRPM with a flat disk and then launch while adding aft stick. In our opinion, this lengthens the take-off roll, and invites pilot error. Have you flown both types for yourself to compare?
 
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Our flexshaft prerotator can not only spin up to flight RRPM, In our experience with our machines, this can shorten take-off distance for a competent pilot, headwind or not.
We don't disagree, and that's what I've been trying to explain for a long time: The required competency you're talking about is just to change the standard procedure by the Cierva procedure. On this condition alone, a pre-launch higher than 2/3 of the flight rpm becomes beneficial. That's just what you make.
 

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Here is a takeoff into 6 gusting to 10 headwind of an AR-1 at Sun N Fun a couple of years back pre-rotating to 200 or so rotor RPM.
Not 300 just 200. You can play these with any gyro all day one up on a 2 seater machine. It's not the spec. Its fake news.

 

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Could it be that the Magnis are so successful in that because they keep their pre-rotators engaged during the run, disconnecting them just before becoming unstuck...?
I have a Magni, and I ALWAYS release the prerotator before commencing the roll, which I also understand to be official Magni procedure.
 

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Gyros using a U-jointed driveshafts prerotator do not well lend themselves to that technique, because it's hard on the U-joint—thus, they spin to 200 RRPM
not true
this pre spinner I can pre rotate at 260 ... after this the brakes don't let me go higher (simple cheap cable brakes) bub if I had better brakes I am sure I would go higher,
and this is only an amateur pre spinner built in a very short time ... so 300 rpm have nothing technically exceptionnal

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W have a look to the windsock : it is vertical there is few wind , and the magni lifts i'st 3 wheels in 10m ( maybe less) and climbs like a jet ...


- first remark, the sport copter has nothing more then a magni
- second remark it is not a take off we are seeing it is a stupid game of death-dodger .. because if the engine stops the gyro will fall like a piece of crap on the ground
A friend who knows him has confirmed me that the Magni of Eric Changeur is the one having the 'enhanced' three-pulley transmission that allows him to perform these surprising take-offs by keeping the pre-rotator engaged during the initial part of the run...
 

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Here is a takeoff into 6 gusting to 10 headwind of an AR-1 at Sun N Fun a couple of years back pre-rotating to 200 or so rotor RPM.
Not 300 just 200. You can play these with any gyro all day one up on a 2 seater machine. It's not the spec. Its fake news.


Just 200 RRPM, but with the headwind having already inverted the flow while the gyro was still stopped, so the rotor was in autorotating régime, working as a wing, and hence that very short take-off was possible...
 

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Eric Changer's takeoff is irrelevant, because it is only possible by very low load and exceptionally high thrust-to-weight ratio (0.7).
In these exceptional conditions, takeoff at high rpm (330) becomes possible because the gyro can take a lot of support on the tail wheel and lift the main wheels until giving the disc an A.o.A of 30 degrees.
The vertical component of the propulsion then lightens the rotor load to the point that 25 mph and 300 rpm are enough to take off.
No mystery. Spectacular demonstration, not recommended for novices.
 

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A friend who knows him has confirmed me that the Magni of Eric Changeur is the one having the 'enhanced' three-pulley transmission that allows him to perform these surprising take-offs by keeping the pre-rotator engaged during the initial part of the run...
Do you have anymore details about his "three pulley transmission"?

wolfy
 

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Eric Changer's takeoff is irrelevant, because it is only possible by very low load and exceptionally high thrust-to-weight ratio (0.7).
In these exceptional conditions, takeoff at high rpm (330) becomes possible because the gyro can take a lot of support on the tail wheel and lift the main wheels until giving the disc an A.o.A of 30 degrees.
The vertical component of the propulsion then lightens the rotor load to the point that 25 mph and 300 rpm are enough to take off.
No mystery. Spectacular demonstration, not recommended for novices.
But that disk, at 30º is probably not in anti-rotation state, but already in autorotation régime, working as a wing. Perhaps that early switch to autorotation flow régime has to do with a pre-rotation prolonged for a few seconds at the takeoff 'run'...
 

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yes and as far as I know he used a gyroperfo box allowing 120 hp to the rotax 914
mr Changeur is not tall (he probably weights 80 kg) , and with a 280 kg M16 and 15 kg of fuel total weight would be 375 kg , so the weight to power ratio is huge


Eric Changer's takeoff is irrelevant, because it is only possible by very low load and exceptionally high thrust-to-weight ratio (0.7).
In these exceptional conditions, takeoff at high rpm (330) becomes possible because the gyro can take a lot of support on the tail wheel and lift the main wheels until giving the disc an A.o.A of 30 degrees.
The vertical component of the propulsion then lightens the rotor load to the point that 25 mph and 300 rpm are enough to take off.
No mystery. Spectacular demonstration, not recommended for novices.
 

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Do you have anymore details about his "three pulley transmission"?

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No.. Just what my friend told me in an e-mail. An excerpt from the original follows:

(...) en la prueba más crítica prelanzaba hasta las 4500 rpm de motor independientemente de las vueltas del rotor, de forma que soltaba el freno y después de avanzar un poco soltaba el prelanzador.
Yo me fijé que el francés hacía lo mismo, pero él llevaba instaladas tres correas en vez de dos.
Lo que tengo claro es que cuantas más vueltas de rotor y sobre todo de motor mejor. (...)
 

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Hi Chris,
this is me who dug out your thread making some researsh to help me decide my electric pre-rotation rppm
my question was : what rrpm at which rotor angle ?
I did not find any awnser as for the angle and I think the angle is also something important,
could you precise me at what rotor angle had you done your tests please ?
Yes, you are correct. For a full investigation you'd need a sensor telling you the angle of the rotor disk. A simple stick position vs. rotorhead angle sensor isn't quite enough because it doesn't measure the flapping angle. Of course, you can always calculate the flapping angle. But when doing an experiment, I want as little as possible calculated and as much as possible measured.

The procedure I followed was this:

Prespin the rotor with the stick fully forward (flat disk). At the desired rrpm I release the breaks, CHECKE RRPM, and if rrpm was at least 200, bring the stick fully back and advanced the throttle, like in a normal takeoff. Except, At that point I would be already rolling along at something like 40-50 km/h. Mind you, my prerotator can do about 230 rrpm max. Therefore, at the higher rrpm, I would land, and wait for the rrpm to decline to the desired point instead of prespinning the rotor.

The interesting follow-up to this experiment would be to explore prerotation speeds between, say, 150 and 200 rrpm while bringing the stick back in a controlled way depending on rrpm and forward speed. Again, I had no way to tell the angle of the rotor disk that's why I stuck to a procedure which has the stick either fully forward or fully backward.

As several people already pointed out, the shortest takeoff distance would require a prerotator which remains engaged during the takeoff run. My hunch is that it wouldn't even need to be all that powerful. You have to be careful, though, not to lift the nose wheel prematurely, before the rudder is sufficiently effective to counteract the torque of the prerotator.

Greetings, -- Chris.
 

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A friend who knows him has confirmed me that the Magni of Eric Changeur is the one having the 'enhanced' three-pulley transmission that allows him to perform these surprising take-offs by keeping the pre-rotator engaged during the initial part of the run...
Hi Javier,
we are speaking of 3 belts, not 3 pulleys
 

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Are you able to translate?

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google :
(...) in the most critical test it would pre-launch up to 4500 engine rpm regardless of the rotor turns, so that it released the brake and after advancing a little it released the pre-launcher.
I noticed that the Frenchman did the same, but he had three straps installed instead of two.
What I have clear is that the more rotor turns and especially the engine, the better. (...)
 

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google :
(...) in the most critical test it would pre-launch up to 4500 engine rpm regardless of the rotor turns, so that it released the brake and after advancing a little it released the pre-launcher.
I noticed that the Frenchman did the same, but he had three straps installed instead of two.
What I have clear is that the more rotor turns and especially the engine, the better. (...)
Very, very good. Only that 'correas' should be translated as 'pulley belts' in this case... Besides, the 'prueba' was a contest, not a test...
 

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It is one thing to un stick behind the power curve but to stay behind the power curve through out the climb out is asking for trouble for sure.

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Note that my original data quotes the standard take-off distance, which is take-off to clear a 50 ft obstacle. This is different from the ground roll.
 
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