- Jul 2, 2007
- London/ Kilifi Kenya
- Gyrs, RAF 2000/Mgni/Bnsn/Hrnet/Mrlin/Crckt/MT-03/Lyzlle AV18-A/Prdtor. GT-VX1&2, Pax ArrowCopter
- Total Flight Time
- 100+ gyro, 16,000+ other
A valuable training manoeuvre Tyger. We had a retired military airfield with long wide runways, a load of students, and an active club, with up to 34 gyros in our hanger at times. Weekends were busy. With three or four volunteers/assistant instructors, we could have a carousel of up to six or seven or more gyros lining up to do crow hops down the various runways at RAF Little Rissington.They didn't all go that high, of course. Just any time you take off and land multiple times during one pass over/on a runway.
In turn we would set off to do two or three hops down the active runway. Instructors/volunteers would be in radio contact as the airfield was on the top of a hill and one could not see from one end to the other end and an observer in the middle and one at each end was required.
Aircraft would be released at intervals to do their hops down the right side of the very broad runways, the returnees coming back down the left side. Close eye was kept and each was watched and commented on as they performed their hops.
The action was very closely monitored and each student would be commented on by the departure, mid field and arrival ends of his run. We had a senior instructor and several assistant instructors as well as a number of experienced senior members. It was a unique and I think now unavailable association of both two and single seat gyro pilots in the UK. I feel extremely fortunate to have been exposed to this collection of old time, old school gyronauts. A past generation of learners and old time gyro pilots I think I had stumbled on and feel that it was a very fortunate association.
The machines were vintage, as were some of the members. Some came...then went. Some came and simply played with polished and taxied their gyros, some part of the active flyers, but all were welcome and good company, drawn together by a common interest...as we in the Forum are...all in our own individual ways. Drawn by a common love of a particular way of shaking off the shackles of gravity, and reaching for our own individual freedoms in the sky above us.