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 Posted: 3 March 2012 08:56 pm
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Has anyone built/and/or flown one of these?

http://www.dbsportandscale.com/autogyro.htm



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 Posted: 3 March 2012 10:32 pm
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I've seen one fly a few times, quite good fun, not sure they glide too well if the engine cuts though.

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 Posted: 4 March 2012 02:09 pm
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They were very popular a few years ago . Brian Milgate built one and it flew well.If engine stops they apparently auto-rotate like helicopters ( or crash in other words :))down to earth.I think Brian Broad also built one . Are you thunking of having a go Paul ? its a step nearer the dark side :?.



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 Posted: 4 March 2012 08:57 pm
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I am thinking of giving it a go, Phil. I know it's one step away from the "dark side" but as long as I have a forward facing prop I should be able to keep seeing the light and not step into the abyss.
I've heard that the blades turn better at slow speed and slow down considerably if flying flat out, so, as long as a reasonable speed can be kept up, I see no reason why a dead stick need necessarily be the end of the world. Obviously it'll be more of a problem than if you had wings but still better than a heli.



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 Posted: 4 March 2012 10:44 pm
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May the force be with you:cool:



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 Posted: 7 March 2012 03:07 am
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The very nature of autogyros is exactly that; the aircraft  continues to fly due to air flow over the rotor blades, (which are unpowered), and spinning.

However, it is well recognised that the pilot has to land fairly soon as he looses forward momentum due to lack of engine power, thus loosing altitude. It doesn't drop out of the sky, quite the contrary it "glides" back to Earth.

 

I know more but thats the abridged version

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 Posted: 8 March 2012 07:06 pm
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Ah, expert advice from a man who knows. Cheers Ade.



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