AR-1 gyro manufacturer
- Oct 31, 2011
- Tampa, FL
- Total Flight Time
- 4000+ 380 gyroplanes. Sport CFI Gyro and Trikes
Am I missing something ? The pilot was at 600 feet ? His engine was said to quit at this altitude ? He increased his speed and glided 3.5 miles ?
If this is the report, it needs a more thorough look. A aircraft with less drag would have a problem checking those boxes.
The preliminary report stated the following:
After departing the area, the pilot maneuvered north of the DED for the remainder of the flight and the gyroplane remained below 1,200 ft mean sea level (msl). At 1523:23, the ADS-B data ended about 1 nautical mile south of the accident site. For the final two minutes of the data, the gyroplane flew between 950 ft msl and 725 ft msl. In addition, the groundspeed of the gyroplane increased from 58 knots to 76 knots for the last two minutes of data. According to the kit manufacturer, the gyroplane’s “general cruise” speed was 47 to 86 knots (55 to 100 mph). Concerned family members contacted the FAA and an Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued about 2130 for the missing gyroplane. It was located the following morning, around 0855 in a heavily wooded state forest. A review of photographs taken by first responders revealed that the gyroplane came to rest in a densely wooded area on the left side of the fuselage. The empennage remained attached to the fuselage. First responders reported that there was no odor of fuel at the accident site, and during recovery, they noted the fuel tank remained intact and contained an undetermined amount of fuel. There was no evidence of fire at the accident site. The gyroplane was recovered and retained for further examination.
The best glide of the gyroplane is around 58 knots. If there was an engine problem one would assume a trained pilot would remain at 58 knots not increase speed to 76 knots