Ultralight Gyroplane Limitations

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I'm in a room of experts trying to look interested and not sound like a dummy. I just have to mimic a few buzz words to get some smiles. The expertise will come when I start getting trained and start accumulating hours (if God wills).
 

gyrojeffro

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The best pilots I know of flew model aircraft before getting involved with full size aircraft, would I suggest people flying model aircraft to be the best pilot? Of course I would unless you want to be the worst pilot.
 

Resasi

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Flown a large number of types of fixed wing gliders and gyro types, and would equate that to a non pilot who had driven many different types of cars and bikes.

They all follow basic principles and although many handle similarly there will also be ones that will stick out in the memory as being very different from the others in some way, good or bad.

Asking one to describe that is similar to the question above, difficult to be exact unless you made and have test pilot notes and have a question about specific comparisons between particular types.

Birdy’s 'hard mouthed' Magni comparison to his Feral I thought a good description. I learned on a stabless RAF 2000 and a Bensen, when I then flew a M16, I felt it was like comparing a 150 to a DC3.

When I compared the Bensen to a very similar looking Layzelle AV18, the Bensen was very light on the controls almost to the point of instability, whereas the AV18 was very stable an ideal student machine in my opinion, but much less fun to fly...again, in my opinion.

And opinions as we all know are like noses, most of us have them, and they don’t all look the same.
 

gyrojeffro

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All of the gyroplanes I have flown fly like gyroplanes.

Gyroplane controls generally operate in a similar way.

The cyclic is for speed and maneuvering, the throttle is for altitude and the rudder manages yaw.

It appears to me most of the gyroplane accidents are caused by a misunderstanding of these controls.

Most of learning to fly a gyroplane is rotor management, the takeoff procedure and the landing procedure.

In my opinion a tandem gives the sight picture of a single place machine and a side my side is more like the pitch stability of a single place gyroplane.

A particular design may have some coffin corners that are unique.

I have not flown a Nano so I have no opinion on how like any particular gyroplane she flies.

What is learned about radio work, airspace, weather and risk mitigation pretty much applies to all aircraft.
The way you describe it is basically how all aircraft fly, the gyro just demands those same principles on a higher level. The stick controls airspeed and the throttle height. Even fixed wing instructors teach their students those basic principles, well at least they should 😀
 
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