AR-1 gyro manufacturer
- Oct 31, 2011
- Tampa, FL
- Total Flight Time
- 3600+ .. New to gyroplanes
Based on my research new pilots have uncomanded rotor excursions because they have not learned rotor management and don’t know what to do when the rotor warns them of impending trouble.
In my opinion too much airspeed for the rotor rpm and a mishandled cyclic is what causes the retreating blade to stall and the advancing blade to sail.
Doug’s technique works well with many of the gyroplanes I have flown and it is how I was taught by Greg in the American Ranger.
I feel using standard radio phraseology at a non-towered airport has value.
There is no active runway at a non-towered airport and there is no position and hold at any airport in the USA.
Of course that is doable and certainly Greg does do that. However, that is not the recommended takeoff procedure in most POH whether it be AutoGyro or AR-1
You are instructed to line up, push stick forward and pre-rotate to a minimum value before bringing stick back and get moving. We have to recognize that as experienced pilots we can multi-task a lot more than new pilots and take many things for granted. New pilots are already overwhelmed and have information overload and things that are second nature to you are full blown tasks for them. We have to recognize gyroplane takeoffs are more demanding than any fixed wing and trike takeoff in LSA sector. Adding any extra tasks and management there is increasing chances of a mishap for inexperienced and new gyroplane pilots. Period. Stats will definitely bear my view out and remember many of the takeoff incidents may not even be reported to NTSB.
Even though position and hold and active runway are not technically terminology at non-towered airports, you will hear active runway and position and hold called out many times. I certainly have. Pilots use it quite a lot.