GT-VX1 and now the GT-VX2 Explorer.

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Denis Schoemaker the man behind Gyro Technic Inc is already familiar to many Form members who were at Mentone or who have been reading about his various activities from over ten years ago when he built his first Gyro.

He has built over 11 gyros and finally decided to go into the business. His initial model the GT-VX1 is a well developed, stable, light and agile single seater with a Rotax 582. It has gone through various iterations and variations before being produced as a kit, which is available for shipping right now.

Due to the number of enquiries he has received about the possibility of a model with a 912, this has now begun with the ‘Explorer’.

He has also been building his Razor Blade rotors with flight testing and destruction tests ongoing.

Denis has a long history of custom machine automation and developmental engineering, his standards are set very high, and he personally test flies every new improvement to ensure its safety, integrity and suitability for intended purpose.

He fully intends to be attending Bensen Days, Sun’n Fun, Mentone, Oskosh and a number of other event in 2020 to demonstrate his Razor Blades, show his GT-VX models, and other associated precision machined gyro parts that he presently has on offer. For a view of this the website and facebook page are both up and running.


 
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I guess people want pictures and videos, and as they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some to show what Gyro Technic is all about.

This is Denis and his ‘Blackie’ testing his latest product, ‘Razor Blade Rotors’. These new rotors Denis is making to make up for the loss of the Iconic Dragon Wings that Ernie Boyette made at RFD and so many of us have flown and loved. These blades are superbly made with huge attention to quality control.

Blackie is an example of the GT-VX1 kits that Denis produces. This single seat beauty is powered by the Rotax 582. With its folding mast system it can be packed up into an extremely compact size that you can tow home and park in your garage, cutting out some hanger costs...or to take on that road trip you have always dreamed about to the wide open spaces.






Recently due to the increasing number of queries about a version with a bigger engine work was started on the GT-VX2 Explorer. The upgrading to the Rotax 912 gives 80HP or with the ULS 100HP. This gives lower fuel consumption with that extra grunt for longer flights and ability to get off the ground sooner with better climb performance if/when needed. Big tires and spring suspension can cope with those less than ideal strips when those long smooth tarmac runways are few, and far away. Larger fuel tanks and removable side panniers for some light camping gear for those stay away days, or unexpected weather stops.

A build of the first of type is presently under way. This particular model is going to be equipped for EFIS and ADS B in/out, has the Rotax 912 ULS driving a 62’' 4 Blade Warp Drive prop and will be coming with the 25’ Razor Blade Rotors. The two fuel tanks will hold just under 10 galls. It is presently a project in progress.

The build log for this particular model if you are interested is here:
 
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Denis is pretty passionate about the Razor Blade rotors that he builds for his GT-VX gyros. During the initial testing he devised a machine to impose stress loads on a spinning rotor.

It has however morphed from a simple test area, to a rather elegant and tidy ‘spin pit’ where Denis now tracks every single set of rotors that come from his blades assembly hall above and on the right of the main workshop.

Dirt Pit.jpg


Retaining block.jpg



Pit Progress.jpg

Just another ‘attention to detail’ that gives an indication of what stands behind every set of ‘wings’ that Denis produces.
 

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During the manufacture of Razor blades Denis noticed that during the sizing of the various adhesive strips due to the dulling of the cutting blades some tiny beads of adhesive were sometimes found on the surface of the blades and having to be cleaned off. This was an extra step that took time as Denis wants his rotor blades to be perfect... and that it seems went for his strip cutter too.

The answer, build a better more precise strip cutter, so he did.

Slitter A.jpg


Slitter B.jpg

Now I’m no judge of strip cutters, and the first one looked pretty good to me... but here’s a more precise one.
 

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...and makes pretty neat machines.
 
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