I got 3 likes, plus there is me. I feel that @Hot Wings should be included, even though he is thinking along the lines of a FAR-130 gyro. I haven't seen anything in his mission requirements that is inconsistent with the FAR-103 ultralight vaporware that I have suggested. So, we have 4 to 5 out of 17 respondents interested in something that could do what I'd like from an ultralight (if we can figure out how to make it work). That averages out to about 25%. That's actually a pretty good representation of general interest for a practical ultralight: low cost, stol, foldable, roadable, floatable....Maybe a quick survey of the people here that are interested in this type?
Please click the like button on this post if you are in the 'interested' group. This will give us a quick tally.
I actually meant a rope break just after liftoff and having to land straight ahead, which I saw a friend do.No. How low can you go? How bout 100 feet.
FWIW - A 180 degree return to the same runway is not a X-C. Straight ahead might be.
Figure out that 'if' and I'd forget the gyro approach. Wings are just so much more efficient than a rotor.
I wonder what exactly happened there. Did they run up against some technical or regulatory hurdle, or was it simply that once they went public with the project there just wasn’t enough interest ready to lay down cash?
So do I.I wonder what exactly happened there.
My suspicion is that the rotor on a gyro doesn't like the bumps associated off-field operation. While it would appear that the extreme STOL capabilities of gyros would be ideal for bush operation, there must be a reason why there are no gyro bush-planes currently in service. Can anyone confirm or deny my suspicion?Figure out that 'if' and I'd forget the gyro approach. Wings are just so much more efficient than a rotor.
Part 103 wing loading requirements are just so low to meet stall speed that the end results aren't very usable in gusty wind conditions that are the norm where I live....
I'm not so worried about bumps/turbulence in the air as I am about ground handling.
Escorting an Aeronca or J-3 from the runway to the tie down area with a couple of guys hanging on the lift strut(s) is not an uncommon practice. Pooh would only find about 30 or 40 'normal' days a year here. Blustery is just....................... another Tuesday.