Road Trip - A Kind of Flying Adventure - Look What Followed Me Home...

rcflier

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Hi. Finally the proud sudden owner of a gyro with a Rotax four-stroke engine.
I just did a road trip - bought a second hand gyro. In Sweden. Much like the one I rented to fly
from Sweden to Denmark on my first Gyro Adventure Week-end.

This MT-03 bought new in 2007 by the seller and in 2008 (edit: Probably later) upgraded to MTO Sport (by Auto-Gyro people).
Sweet running Rotax 914 Turbo engine with a run time of 531 hours. The old rotor, thus with 169 hours left.
Transponder mode S and radio from 2007 - probably 25 kHz only. And standard Auto-Gyro instrumentation.

Fortunately I have a friend with a wide auto trailer and I had brought one of our inspectors, a former F-16 mechanic.
We didn't really have anything to complain about. Only thing was a few small, very soft bumps on one blade because of flapping
caused by ice on top of blades. With a dent in the tail repaired nicely. A few things Auto-Gyro should've done differently.
It was just dragged out from storage - not made pretty or anything - an honest machine.

He said goodbye to the gyro with a very convincing demo flight. At no time did he use full throttle yanking and banking.

So now I have to earn my license - I have run out of excuses. In denmark we don't have any clubs with gyros to rent, we need
access to a gyro somehow. So, looking at the advert, I thought: "This is my chance". And I do love the adventure of a road trip.
If I didn't like the gyro - well, I had done what I could. And I wouldn't think: What if... But it is a sweet gyro I can use for schooling.

Cheers
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The seller preparing to fly.
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On our way home.
 
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Vance

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Congratulations Erik!
She looks great to me.
I wish you all the best on your gyroplane adventure.
 

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Well done Erik. Good luck with your training. Which SE machine is it ?
 

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Sweet, thanks for sharing!!!
 

rcflier

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Well done Erik. Good luck with your training. Which SE machine is it ?

Hi Steve. It's SE-VJZ.

When I get ready to register, it will be OY-10xx. (I wonder what number I'll get)

Cheers
Erik
 

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Thanks Erik - My wild guess somewhere in the region of OY-1039 give or take a couple.

Please let us know as you progress with training and making it "OY" - best wishes.
 

rcflier

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Well, an honest machine insofar as it needs a large service check. The owner has never officially bought any spare part.:oops:
And maintained the machine all by himself. Oh, and flown without renewing his license and registration for many years .

He wrote that in his advert, so it was no surprise - but I had thought a newer, official certificate of airworthiness was enough - it wasn't :eek:

Large scale, structural work on an a flying machine without any document....The Danish chief of "stuff" wanted some
paperwork, which I couldn't give him. It looked like I had bought an expensive pile of spare parts...:cry:o_O:mad:

I checked it out and found worn fuel lines, but the rotor is OK. So no need to go out and buy a new one right away.

I found some paperwork from one of the five other owners, and the Chief of Stuff seemed satisfied. Shortly after that,
I got another email from the company who had sold the gyro back then, explaining matters in great detail.
My problem had been referred to him by the CEO of Auto-Gyro, whom I had asked for help (y)

So it has ended well - HOORAAYY :D Now I can buy what I need to be sure it's REALLY airworthy. Giving it a large service check.
And then an inspector will go over it in great detail, before he declares it airworthy.

Cheers
Erik
 
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Can you ship it to auto-gyro and have them go through it to get it airworthy?
 

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That would not be a great idea... Expensive. Not for my wallet. And it's not rocket science after all.
Doing the work myself with help from "Rotax-owners" and other knowledgeable people
is a great learning process and I have to maintain it myself.
It will be checked out by someone very competent before registration.

Cheers
Erik
 

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Well, well.
One propeller blade has delaminated from the foam core. Not unusual, from what I've read.
I may try to reglue and balance it, but I'm ready to buy a new propeller - of another brand.
I won't get bitten twice - unless I find a smokin' deal.

But to avoid a costly and dangerous noise certification I need to find a propeller, that has been tested on a MTO Sport (or maybe MT-03).
Has anyone made a noise measurement on a Bolly Magnum 3 blade prop I can refer to?
Or maybe some other likely candidate...

Cheers
Erik
 

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Well, well.
One propeller blade has delaminated from the foam core. Not unusual, from what I've read.
I may try to reglue and balance it, but I'm ready to buy a new propeller - of another brand.
I won't get bitten twice - unless I find a smokin' deal.

But to avoid a costly and dangerous noise certification I need to find a propeller, that has been tested on a MTO Sport (or maybe MT-03).
Has anyone made a noise measurement on a Bolly Magnum 3 blade prop I can refer to?
Or maybe some other likely candidate...

Cheers
Erik
Get hold of Christene Toves. IIRC she's a dealer for Bolly.
 
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rcflier

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I ended up buying an AeroProp. Great price - much cheaper than a new HTC or IVO.

The fuel system was not to my liking (false air), so I tried to change it, but the tank outlets
for the connector tube were too close to the filters - I tried a solution that didn't work.

And as soon as I have changed the fuel system into that of the MTO (waiting for parts),
I can start the engine and check if the propeller is installed correctly.
I had to open up the center hole with a boring head; it was 1" and 47 mm was needed - oops.

The RPM at full power, zero speed has to have a certain value (5200 for the 914, AFAIR).
If not, then I'll have to adjust the incident of the blades.

The shoulder harness were missing some plastic bits, so I bought a new one. Since january 2018,
the radio can not be used when flying through Sweden and in Copenhagen FIR, so I bought a new one (8.33).
New bolts and nuts for the rotor blades and new fuel hoses. A Flycom helmet my size, converted
to use with the new digital Funke 833S radio and a converter board so I can use the old wiring harness.
Plus some chemicals to clean and preserve the body and engine. Spark plugs, filter and oil.
The brakes needed cleaning and a change of brake fluid. Engine coolant also.

A never ending list, it looks like. But getting closer all the time.

Cheers
Erik
 

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Vance

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I admire you tenacity and spirit Eric.

I would be frustrated with the delays and probably develop a bad attitude.

I resent it when there is lovely flying weather and my gyroplane or my circumstances cause me to miss the opportunity.
 

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You certainly have begun a journey, but it seems with a very good attitude. Congratulations on your purchase and good luck with this adventure.

You will certainly know your machine when you are learning to fly her which is a good thing.

Good luck and happy flying.

P.S. I do like that colour.
 

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OY-1039 is finally officially airworthy. Someone rich bought a Cavalon and snatched the OY-1038 designation.

But that is just great, as OY-1039 was the tail number I originally asked for...

The mostly small issues I fixed were approved and the airworthyness certificate is on its way.

My "Two Weeks" lasted two years minus one day.

So, instead of owning a set of expensive spare parts I now own an aircraft.

New propeller (Aero Prop), new 8.33 radio (F.U.N.K.E.) and new rotor (Gyro-Tech)...

I have passed ground school (9 tests) and am in the process of (hopefully) getting my radio operator license.

Then all that's left is to fly it with my instructor.... :D

Cheers
Erik
 

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Vance

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Congratulations!!!
I find your tenacity an inspiration.
I wish you all the best on your gyroplane adventure.
Hopefully you can find some tail winds.
 
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