Jon Carlton @ Polk County Airport (4A4), outstanding instructor!
Approximately 20 hours to solo including approximately 15 dual with lots of scheduling and WX interruptions. His step by step instruction gave me complete confidence each time with no fear, just respect for what's next. Ground Rotor management, Balancing and Crow-hopping SUPER important as well as dual pattern work (airspeeds, coriolis effect and site picture) before solo.
Been flying since 14 (gliders), have private glider/power, trike WSL and hang 3 hang-glider ratings. Still the gyro commands ultimate concentration, understanding of rotor management and knowledge of consequences for what happens if you miss a step in the process. No rushing learning or flying.
Thank you Victor.
I have not flown with Jon Carlton but we have spent a lot of time together.
I have someone coming up on Solo with a Sport Copter and will spend some time talking to Jon about it.
It sounds like he did a good job with you.
In my experience the most common mistake of new to gyroplane pilots is to simply forget about the rotor.
I wish you all the best on your gyroplane adventure.
I would love to talk with you about your experience and you sentient moments.
Please give me a call at (805)680-9523 or visit with me at the PRA convention in Mentone.
Is that the same Jon who used to do the, stand on seat Gyronimo ‘Amstrong’ start at Bensen Days?? If so delighted to hear he became an instructor...and it sounds as though he is a good one. ...and you it sounds, an excellent student.