Like-New Sport Copter Vortex Available For Sale $17.5K

Kevin_Richey

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UPDATE: 02-06-22 This is the first change I've made to this posting since it was posted, almost two years later. The phone # is a now a dead end. It used to be his number, but now doesn't work.

Anyone who wishes to put forth the effort might be able to locate him, through internet searches. I found his address in Brinnon, Wa, which is a warehouse he lives (or lived) in through an internet search like White Pages. Most likely, the paid searches, such as Truthfinder, would be necessary. I've never been to his place in Washington. I know he has a grown daughter (and her name likely is Valerie Stevens and resides in the greater Seattle area), but have no idea her exact location.

The seller accused me of removing this For Sale posting in Aug. of 2020, which I never did. He claimed it was gone from the rotary forum, which it isn't or wasn't.

He happens to be the only human being I've ever had to block phone calls from, since he raged @ me then, accusing me of many other egregious acts against him, & proceeded to call me just about all possible names in the cuss-word book, and then some. Looking back on that, he was frustrated about his major health issues that had somewhat incapacitated him to the point that he relayed that people were coming into his residence & taking any item of his that they wanted. He said he was helpless to prevent that from occurring.
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(I'm posting this for another gyroplane owner & am not being compensated in any way for doing so. Please do not contact me for more information, but call the owner).

Note: This gyro does have an A/W & N#: 547PS, that has expired & was cancelled by the FAA after the owner didn't respond to the renewal notice. See post @ bottom of thread for further info.


Sport Copter Vortex

* Assembled, then taxied. Owner says he flew a few runway crow-hops.
* Sport Copter fairing for wind protection. Can be removed easily for open cockpit flying if desired.
* 25' White McCutchen Skywheels rotors.
* Grey-head Rotax 582 64-65 HP (Not run in five years. Highly advised to replace Rotax seals & gaskets).
* Rotax C gearbox (GB ratio unknown, but ask owner to be sure).
* 10 hours of mostly taxi time & a few crow hops. About 20 hours on Hobbs, because someone turned on the ignition key when it was stored & meter clicked away until the gyro's battery died.
* Original 68" Sport Prop w/ blade covers (hollow carbon fiber blades from Czech Republic).
* Castering nose wheel
* Disc brakes, individually controlled.
* Folding mast enables rolling under standard 7' garage door.
* Gyroplane in mint condition, other than engine seals/gaskets to be refreshed.
* No trailer.
* Owner realizes his health prevents him from being able to fly again.
* $17.5K
* Contact Phil Stevens 360-477-1840 Brinnon, Wa. (West side of Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula).
* More photos in Post #2.
 

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Additional photos: (Updated 06-30-20) Photo of interior cockpit/instrument panel added).
 

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Added instrument panel/interior cockpit photo onto Post #2.
 

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Owner previously had an Air Command gyroplane that he flew as an ultralight in the early 1990's. Also has numerous R-22 hrs. of instruction, as well as owned a Brantley helicopter that he took dual instruction in.
 
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A hint to potential buyers:
Owner is not a country-bumpkin who fell off the turnip truck on the way to market, although he looks like one! I feel I can say that knowing him!

He is highly intelligent & enjoys thinking along the lines of alternative power methods, politics, the general & specific state of this country & the world.

He also knows a great deal about rotorcraft, having spent time in the presence of Tom Potter, John Farrington, as well as other notables in the gyroplane niche of aviation. He especially has fond memories of his friendship w/ Bill Parsons. He believes that BP was a genius who would have gone on to greater achievements in the gyroplane world had the fatal accident not occured.

He also enjoys playing dumb @ times, something I suspected years ago. He recently mentioned that to me in our most recent phone call, doing so as to listen carefully to what is being said around him when folks assume he is too stupid to hear or doesn't care if he did! He finds great amusement in doing that!
 
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So this gyroplane does have an N#: 547PS. The owner didn't respond to the renewal notice due to medical issues he was consumed with, & they cancelled it off their active aircraft listing. I don't know if & how it might be able to be re-registered, keeping the original A/W paperwork after that happens.
 

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Re-registering an Experimental Aircraft

How do I re-register a de-registered experimental aircraft?



ANSWER:
The process would be the same as the original registration. You would need to obtain proof of ownership in the form of a bill of sale, then follow the procedures in the aircraft registration section of this website.

In addition to the registration you need to make sure you have all the records that document the original airworthiness certification of the aircraft. Including all the build records (if amateur built).

 

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Jeff: Thanks for sharing your very helpful knowlege! People like you helping others makes this forum even more valuable!
 

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Everyone on this forum have something to contribute.

Some just don't know yet, they may have the missing piece of the puzzle.
 

Kevin_Richey

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Everyone on this forum have something to contribute.

Some just don't know yet, they may have the missing piece of the puzzle.
Yes! I keep waiting for someone to come up w/ the Dick DeGraw answer to leaping jump takeoffs so average guys could afford to add that to their gyros...
 

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Jeff: Thanks for sharing your very helpful knowlege! People like you helping others makes this forum even more valuable!

Just curious if the owner has considered getting the registration current? For me, that would make it more appealing. That said, I'm not really in the market to acquire anything right now.
 

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tell the owner you print out the form on the FAA website. Its 1 and a half pages I think.
fill it out and mail them a check for 5 whole dollars.
Wait about 45 days....
As long as someone else has not registered the number and is currently using it.
 

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I would like to make him an offer . I am considering travel and the fact that there are no builder logs. As I understand it , the engine needs to be gone through and change of seals is in order at minimum, I think.
then have to find a DAR, get an airworthiness cert.
it was not clear if AWC was ever issued but since the n number is no longer valid, so would the AWC with it.
as it sits you still have a big investment of time and money. Too bad looks like a nice gyro. Wish it was closer , that’s a haul.
ill call him tomorrow or Sunday
 

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Looking at the FAA website; the registration lapsed in 2018.
N number should still be with the aircraft. Sending the bill of sale and new registration with the bill of sale should clear it up.
 

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About 20 hours on Hobbs, because someone turned on the ignition key when it was stored & meter clicked away until the gyro's battery died.

Had same issue on my SportCopter M912 Hobb. I rewired it so it ran only when engine was running. Must be in the wiring manual that way.

Wonder why the owner didn't go with Sportcopter rotor blades?
 

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Had same issue on my SportCopter M912 Hobb. I rewired it so it ran only when engine was running. Must be in the wiring manual that way.

Wonder why the owner didn't go with Sportcopter rotor blades?
This Vortex was in the original batch of Lightning & Vortex production run, long b/4 Jim Vanek started producing Sport Rotors. Skywheels were standard w/ the kit.

The Vaneks made wooden rotorblades decades ago for the Vancraft gyroplanes. The wooden blade (possibly a one-piece of clear-grained wood) was wrapped w/ fiberglass & painted for a durable finish. I think some aluminum rotorblades may have been made toward the end of the Vancraft gyro run.
 
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I would like to make him an offer . I am considering travel and the fact that there are no builder logs. As I understand it , the engine needs to be gone through and change of seals is in order at minimum, I think.
then have to find a DAR, get an airworthiness cert.
it was not clear if AWC was ever issued but since the n number is no longer valid, so would the AWC with it.
as it sits you still have a big investment of time and money. Too bad looks like a nice gyro. Wish it was closer , that’s a haul.
ill call him tomorrow or Sunday
This Vortex was converted under the Light Sport category back around 2007-08, when the FAA allowed ultralights & unregistered aircraft to "come into the fold" of N-# aircraft.
I did mine around the same time. No builder's log was required nor asked for.

He had the A/W Inspection done by the same fellow that I had back then, a local DAR.

He likely has the A/W paperwork handy, although his memory (by his own admission) isn't what it used to be.

Posts # 12 & 14 will likely aid in restoring the registration.
 
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Basically you have to take it apart and put it together with pics. Have the seals replaced in the engine and all rubber components.
Take it to the Dar , get a new N number and airworthiness certificate and go fly.
Nice winter project for someone.
I would love to have it but can’t justify the price.
Hope your bud sells it though.
mid it were closer to me I could see a bit more value
 

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In my opinion it would be best to find a DAR first and discuss the plan with him before you purchase the aircraft.

Once a DAR rejects something it may become a problem.

The DAR will be able to tell you what works and what doesn’t.
 
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