- Oct 30, 2003
- Givens Predator
- Total Flight Time
- 2400+ in rotorcraft
It is a shame that Phil Bennett feels he is so limited by his environment and what he can teach in the UK.Here is a curious thing. On this forum you could post any number and any variety of potential solutions to various and obvious problems people get themselves into and almost immediately someone will tell you how you're all wrong and in fact absolutely nothing could be further from the truth. Then some months later we read of another gyroplane that went the way of the one that prompted the old post and repeat.
By far the most popular thing to post is that in the olden days everything was great and much better than it was today. Fair enough always space for nostalgia and being a Brit we are perhaps have most to be nostalgic about! Then you take a look at the actual landscape that existed for gyroplanes in the olden days with some of the legends of the time and very sadly it didn't end well.
Yet it doesn't really matter because for the most part we aren't going back to how it used to be done fundamentally because in 2021 you can't. If a group of people were to spend endless summer weekends at a disused airfield in the UK doing wheel balancing and hops you would have problems. The first is the disused airfields of the 60's thru 90's are now housing estates, business parks or have row upon row of parked cars on them due to unsold new units or unsold finance returns [see Bruntingthorpe]. Assuming you find a disused airfield [and i say disused because one in service has no interest in a group of people doing the activities i suggest] then within an hour or two of starting the engine the Police will arrive ask for permissions and tell you there have been complaints about the noise.
The entire process will be utterly thankless.
I fly out of an airport in Santa Maria, California (KSMX) with an operating control tower.
If I feel a client needs to practice balancing on the mains or crow hops air traffic control (ATC) will let me use 3,000 feet of the 5,200 foot 75 foot wide paved cross wind runway (runway 2/20) until I feel the lessons have been learned or they need the runway for something else. I just let them know when I am finished.
As long as I ask first; ATC will allow me fly any non-standard pattern or any flight profile I want to better teach some particular lesson day or night.
I have been fortunate to have several long time gyroplane flight instructors as both flight instructors and mentors and find value in their experience and knowledge.