With respect side by side offers the observer a better pilot interaction than any tandem .. go Google some of my demonstrations I have done for law enforcement recently with side by side, they would never consider a tandem let alone a open tandem, while I respect it’s not your market or offering I’m comparing it to a heli head on and yes in case your interested I have 1500 + Pic hours in open tandem ...so I’m not making a one sided biased comment ...when doing aerial search the AG 915 or xenon offers a through the feet view no tandem can offer ... I say this cos I have flown every single one except yours or the Pal V but we can agree to disagree ... I will never purchase an open tandem again ever having also owned one of the best if not the best Tandem gyros ever built the M16
in SA right now we have a few very interested government agencies looking at gyro and the tandem is not even a consideration
Thanks.Thank you, Rob.
Here is my short M-24 cockpit video, almost hand-free flying:
I've attached a video of the Xenon for comparison. Your stick is certainly not moving much at all which is nice and when you do touch the stick it seems you are using only a light touch. Looking at the top of your cowling it seems to be moving quite a bit in relation to the horizon but then it comes back to where it was previously. In the Xenon film you will notice essentially zero movement of the cabin in relation to the horizon. I'm jealous of all that panel space you have --- but I'm not sure I would give up my floor windows to get it.
Certainly you are correct as to track and balance. As I noted my previous Xenon was better balanced than my current Xenon. In my RAF/Sparrowhawk mod I could take my hands off the stick for minutes at a time and it was steady.All of this means nothing for the design/model. All it says is that particular machine by luck or effort is setup nicely for track and balance and for adequate control system friction. That's it. Its not Xenon, nor Magni, nor AR-1 nor AutoGyro issue
Certainly you are correct as to track and balance. As I noted my previous Xenon was better balanced than my current Xenon. In my RAF/Sparrowhawk mod I could take my hands off the stick for minutes at a time and it was steady.
Im not an engineer so I may be incorrect but I think control friction is a different issue and the design plays a huge effect. All the Xenons I’ve flown needed very light finger pressure to fly, while all the Autogyro I’ve flown needed significant stick pressure.
I promise you that "hoonigan" is not a word we use in America (nor "hoon"). "Hooligan", yes, but that doesn't have much to do with cars – it just means a violent troublemaker.Google Hoonigan it’s an American word .... but it’s for us big time petrol heads who go through a set of 305/ 20/’s in an afternoon ...we don’t find to many old bullets who drive prius or muck about with how far they can go on a gallon in our pub... until you have drifted a 500+ Hp car we don’t expect you to understand god I can’t wait for my C8 vette to arrive
Several hundred million YouTube views of "hooning" high horsepower maneuverable custom built track cars says otherwise. Hooning can be fun in a controlled environment with the proper precautions but is best left being a spectator event.I promise you that "hoonigan" is not a word we use in America (nor "hoon"). "Hooligan", yes, but that doesn't have much to do with cars – it just means a violent troublemaker.
Rob - thanks for sharing information on the Xenon. Used might be the way to go, but the new ones are out of my price range. I like the idea yours can fly around the rocky's since I'm out here too. I'll have to keep an eye out for a used with 914...
The FAA doesn't look kindly on professional kit builders and registering the product can be difficult. EAB rules are supposed to be for personal education, not to support a cottage industry for unlicensed constructors. Factory assist is legally very different from contracted-out assembly.gyros being manufactured from a kit by the owner or by a recognized "manufacturer" who receives kits and builds them for his clients