- Nov 13, 2006
- Madrid, Spain
- FW Savannah XL + ELA R-100 and Magni M24 autogyros
- Total Flight Time
- 1396 FW + 537 gyro (Dec. 2019)
Very little mass is required. Remember the 'Rotachute'...Pertaining to the quest for building a very light yet strong gyro...
Helicopters have a minimum flight weight (minimum solo pilot weight) that's needed, not just for weight and balance, but also for the minimum potential energy needed to keep rotor RPM up during a forced, engine-out landing.
Doesn't a gyro have to obey that law of physics too? I'd hate to know I got a golden trophy for a 150# gyro with a 50 HP engine and then
when that 2-stroke dies one day at 2000 ft. I can't autorotate down because I don't weigh enough to keep the rotor going.