- Oct 30, 2003
- Santa Maria, California
- Givens Predator
- Total Flight Time
- 2400+ in rotorcraft
My fear is that some people may believe the Cavalon 915IS and the Airgiro 915 have a design defect (insufficient rudder authority) or that some flight instructors teach that using full rudder deflection on climb out to 70kts is good airmanship because readers may believe this is a debate.That would be me Vance complaining about, my friends.
The good the bad and the ugly.
Well, I'll see you 2 mentors and raise you 3 of my instructors I just got off the phone with.
I asked, "Aren't you at full right rudder when you fly the 915's on takeoff."
The answer after a laughed, was "yes by all 3, and by two full right rudder left stick in all of them". No hesitation by all 3 and from one said in the MTO 915's it is always that way.
Then I told only one of them, Henry, that Vance is condemning flying 915's with full right rudder on the premises if the wind changes you may need it.
I laughed and said, "for goodness sake, any pilot instantly would just reduce power and back pressure on the stick lowering the nose until I have the rudder back. Geeeeeeees".
It is about as automatic as putting the nose back to the horizon when you change the power settings in Autogyros.
However, Henry hedged his answer once he discovered it was Vance condemning me, and the 3 of them.
And said well "with your low weight you sure don't need it most of the time".
So then I specifically asked Henry "Should I just use 5500 as I did for the check ride?" as it really does bother me being at full stop.
Well if it bothers you use 5500.
In a FW hitting full stop on landing means going around in crosswinds.
Sigh... no more showing fixed wingers over 1000-a-minute climb rate for me.
When I'm flying two I'll do as you say and fly 5500 but when alone, please leave me alone.
Henry is a friend of mine and even though I have not flown with him I suspect he is a good flight instructor.
I did not contact Henry about this and I would not report what he said if I had.
What passes between a learner and their flight instructor is private.
John is a friend of mine and my intent was to help him understand what he was doing elevated the takeoff risk.
I work every day to make flying gyroplanes safer and I feel threads like this may set my efforts back.
I hope this threads will not discourage people from asking questions as that is an opportunity to present and share information.