Flying the Kite, airplanes grounded

Chris Burgess

GYRO-CFI
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Here's a video my Grandson uploaded and edited for me. Hope you guys can get a few kicks from it. Thanks to Bob Trout for being there when the winds blew. No planes were flying at this normally very "busy" tower controlled airport, KFDK, just outside the DC SFRA. Too gusty and windy for most of them. Not the Gyro Kite.

 

Vance

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Very impressive Chris Burgess!
Thank you for sharing the fun.
 

mvadney

gyroboy
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Thanks Chris. I know that you loved the free flying a lot!
 

Chris Burgess

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Winter Garden FL 34787
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Someone asked what I was doing with my left hand? Answer, "holding on".!!!! Rudder is not necessary and could be locked down. It will kite downwind of the stake and using the cyclic, you can move left and right perhaps 30 degrees each way easily and control your height of course. You must be ready should the wind "quit" suddenly. That will likely "plunk" you down rather quickly. Wind needs to be about 22 mph minimum but 30 and steady is best.
 

WaspAir

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stopped caring at 1000
Did you open for ToadTheWetSprocket in Providence last year? I might have been there . . . these things all blur together.


Looks to me like the gyro kite could use a good rotor brake.
 

Chris Burgess

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Just waited until about 40 rrpm and then just patted it down. No trouble, long as you don’t have some sharp cotter pins up there that can “grab” the hand. No “rings” policy for sure. The Army had that right. It was important to get it slowed down quickly from 40 as the rotor will become limber and unmanageable.
 
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Chris Burgess

GYRO-CFI
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Oct 30, 2004
Messages
771
Location
Winter Garden FL 34787
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Many makes and models, prefer open frame, Sold my SnoBird Tandem
Total Flight Time
3400+
Besides WaspAir, adding a "rotor brake" would violate the primary directive,.... K-I-S-S,.... Keep it simple silly.!!!
 
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