Supreme Allied Gyro CFI
- Oct 21, 2006
- Colorado front range
- Bell 47G-3B-1 / A&S 18A / Phoebus C, etc.
- Total Flight Time
- stopped caring at 1000
I, for one, won't fly when there is any foreign object loose in the cockpit that could possibly jam any control (cyclic, pedals, or whatever, accidentally or on purpose), ESPECIALLY when one is intentionally flying into turbulence, as explicitly suggested here. If/when your stick falls out in rough air, it sounds like just the beginning of a potential new problem to me. Perhaps my CFI attitude is too conservative for some of you, but I'll leave the macho to others, and plan to live a long time.Either one of these devices can be instantly disabled to allow full movement of the stick. What is the problem?
There's a reason that there is forward travel on the cyclic -- if it was not needed for any flight regime, we could just put in a permanent stop. I want it available when I fly. I agree on the restraint problems, for the reasons I mentioned above.I can't think of, but may be wrong, any scenario where an emergency would cause the test pilot to want or have to push the stick forward. In fact, in a gyro, this reaction is kinda a no, no anyhow!
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Haven't thought this thru this long enough to suggest a restraint that doesn't present problems of its own.
Stories of survival are not enough to convince me of safety, and shouldn't be for you, either. People survive lots of stupid actions and bad design choices, as much of the discussion on this forum confirms.What’s the big deal? Both Dick DeGraw and his wife Carroll have been flying gyros with stick locks for years. . .
Can you imagine what the NTSB report will say if something goes wrong, after you intentionally introduce a control jamming device in your aircraft? "Probable cause: pilot intentionally fouled his own controls; Contributing factors: overconfidence, poor planning, and stupidity."
What's principally bugging me here is the implicit call to everybody to go out and try this and report the results (i.e., "I would appreciate any comments or flight testing feedback on these concepts.", along with directions/pictures on how to do it). If you've got Society of Experimental Test Pilots credentials, a carefully designed protocol, data capture arrangements that will survive any accident, good insurance, and back-ups for your back-ups (anybody here wear a 'chute?), be my guest. If you're just going to play Test Pilot For A Day, I wish you and your family well, but won't be joining you.
Lack (so far) of a better test regimen doesn't make this a good one for the community at large to be trying out. I'd put this in the "professional on closed course; don't try this at home" category. Let's not have people out there getting themselves hurt in the name of safety.