Bwahahaha! Now this is a BOV!

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by VisuTrac, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    My daughter has never heard me laugh so insidiously as when i found these and began searching madly for local training on gyrocopters.

    ‪Sport Copter gyrocopters low level flying‬‏ - YouTube

    I think I'm going to skip getting a new car.

    I should also mention that soon i feel i am going to be broker than i am right now.
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  2. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Just make sure the J****Nut is tight, and wired down good....... .....
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  3. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Good Lord.!!!
    Did i see one of these do a 360...!
    These are Insane...and I have been flying in Helicopter's for over 30 year's...
  4. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Ah screw the BOV this would make a great recon tool or if equipped with a nose mounted gun, an excellent surprise.

    Let see, kit plans, purchase mast, rotors and propeller, store in barn .. muahahaahahhahahahaahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahah


    Sorry, back to your regularly scheduled Monkey Bizness.
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  5. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    ive been lookin into gyros for about 4 years
    workin on a simple easy design i can make myself
    aiming for decent speed, quietness and mileage
  6. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Look here: Gyroplanes, Gyrocopters, Autogyros

    The Honeybee is a very modern, well thought out design. It is also an ultralight, if built properly.

    Download the PDF's and study the heck out of them. Ultralights do not require registration. Get flight instruction, though. It will be tough, as there are few autogyro instructors around.

    Gyros are great, just slow- having a flat plate area the size of twin barn doors. But sometimes, that's all you need.

    I think it's safe to say that a lot of us monkeys are pilots, and have thought about gyros from time to time. I am no exception. All I have to add is to study the plans, have a place to build that is close, and don't waver. Or else you will wind up with a pile of expensive aluminum that is only worth scrap price.
  7. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I remember these being offered by "Benson" in Tucson, Az...a "few" years back...( 60's) And then the James Bond film with "little nellie".
    Short takeoff and landing areas and fairly safe....I'd love to have one of these....(Wallis WA-116)
    A "past" employer here has 2 of the "Acrostar's Mini Jets". One in aluminum and one in frp and carbon fiber. Also used in a James Bond film...
    I wouldn't get in one of those things!
  8. LogOut

    LogOut Monkey+

    Holy Mad Max Batman ! Looks like fun !
  9. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

  10. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

  11. Avarice

    Avarice California Health Junkie

    DUDE! So awesome, I told my wife I want one. The top propellers aren't actually powered, do I understand that correctly? The rear propellers provide the forward movement, and the air spins the top props which keep the altitude? Am I right?
  12. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Only on the first two. The third Vid is a real helicopter with powered Rotor. Visu, I can't wait to get home and show the third Vid to our local Bush Pilot. He has a Hughes 200 now, but that third one is going to blow his mind. Wonder how much the fellow has into it?
  13. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++


    If i had to take a guess. It's about 100 for plans, 6k for the engine, probably 2k for the prop and tail rotor. maybe 5k for materials, 3k for controls/gauges
    Maybe around 20-25K total if you don't include the massive qty of hours (those are free right?)

    or buy a nearly complete kit or air worthy (out of my budget)

    I'm seeing that a powered rotor is not going to be my bag. saw too many 'Stuck Pedal' incidents for my taste when investigating.

    I just like the A/w 95 as it looks like it is missing substantial parts.

    Gyroplanes are a lot less expensive / complicated. Fewer powered rotating parts and bearing to fail at in opportune times. I found an abandoned kit from the late 80s for 4k w/o engine 5.5k w/ engine. Unfortuantely it is a high thrust model and for stability reasons I'm gonna pass.

    I really like the gyroplanes. Some hypo versions can cruise over 100mph. and seem way safer than helo or fixed wing, IMHO.

    There seems to be a number of pilots in OH that are gyroplane certified and are offering lessons/training.

    best part is, if the wife said i could figure out how to pay for it. I could do it! Awesome. I know i can build it. So, it's just a matter of finding someones abandoned kit (recent straight line thrust model) or purchasing the plans and start to collect the parts to build.

    While hovering would be cool, I like the idea of being in autorotation all the time.

    Plan is to:
    catch a ride on a gryoplane
    pick the pilots brain
    if i'm still not scared shyteless
    take the FAA GyroPlane Mechanics Course
    Find plans or abandoned kit
    build it
    then fly it.
  14. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    I flew on an ultralight one time. We were up near Ocoee river doing some rafting a little place offered flights. It was a great time. I told this story to trained pilots later.... they said I was crazy. Maybe in hindsight, flying with an "uncertified" pilot in a garage built aircraft was dumb... and I paid him.

    The safety brief went something like- "If anything happens to me and we are crashing, pull the chute handle here. Just remember that we will probably going to float into power lines."
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