Given the size of our site when Peter and the Autogyro were first suggested I was concerned that they would be lost in the scale of our display site. However I needn’t have been concerned. Peter brought the display really close to the crowd and they were fascinated. On Airshow weekend I spend a lot of my time watching the crowds reaction to the display and they were engaged completely in the display. A real mixture of reactions from the crowd-all positive. I would have no hesitation in recommending this display to anyone organising a display and wanting something a little different from the ordinary.
Well what’s an Autogyro?
The most simplistic view, it’s a flying windmill or even a rotating parachute, think of a sycamore seed gently floating down as it spins.
The rotor blades of the gyro are completely free wheeling in flight, being driven solely by the air going up through the rotor disk. There is no mechanical drive to the rotors in flight, the phenomenon of autorotation drives them, once airborne the rotors just look after themselves and keep spinning, even if the airspeed indicator is showing Zero!!
The propeller of the aircraft pushes it through the air for forward flight, the rotor is inclined slight back and the air flows up though the rotor disk keeps the rotors spinning. Stop the engine and the aircraft slows and descends, the air still flows through the disk and keeps them turning, even when flying sideways or even backwards – Birds don’t even fly backwards deliberately!!
As the rest of the aircraft is hanging from the rotor it acts like a pendulum giving the gyrocopter natural stability, the rotors (wings) are flying through the air at 350mph so turbulent unstable air and wind gusts are ‘sampled’, this make the gyroplane much more stable that most other aircraft and capable or flying in conditions other won’t.
Autogyro, Gyroplane, Gyrocopter, Gyro – call them what you like, they are fun to fly and great to watch displaying.
Something different, something unusual, something for all the family to enjoy watching at your event.