Former Gyro know it all
- Oct 29, 2003
- Fort Mill South Carolina
- Vans RV4 / Dominator 582 Ultrawhite
- Total Flight Time
There are others... But nothing I am aware of you can just buy that is mostly built and ready to fly.I completely agree with everything you said, Ron. And the Nano is the only ultralight gyro I’m aware of.
A vintage KB3 is reported to be a legal ultralight. Some of the older vintage Bensens are reported to be legal ultralights. And with care and attention to how it is built, a Gyrobee or Hornet can be a legal ultralight.
To be honest, I would like to see any gyro reported to be a true ultralight, hanging from a certified scale, to see that it does in fact weigh less than 254 pounds.
I built a scratch built gyro that was a mix of Gyrobee / Bensen in design and I made it as basic as possible... Only brakes on front wheel, no pre rotator, no instruments whatsoever, light weight plastic 5 gallon fuel tank, composite two blade propeller, etc... etc... It came in at 270 pounds ready to fly minus fuel. Admittedly I used a horizontal stab that was actually very heavy, It alone was probably 15 pounds, and I used wheelbarrow wheels and tires that were fairly light but I am sure I could have found something even lighter. I don't know what else I could have done to shave more weight off it other than perhaps using exotic materials for some of the framework. This is video of it at Bensen Days a few months after I built it.