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    gyro accident reports - sobering

    I am a new member and not yet a gyro pilot. I have been watching a lot of youtube videos and checking gyro websites and found the following that may be of interest to others. There are a lot of gyro crashes documented from around the world. I am sure there are a lot of aviation accidents of all types but I was surprised by the number of accidents listed. I found it sobering. http://gyroaccidents.blogspot.com/20...ents-2012.html


    Larry Calfee

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    Hello Larry
    There are at least three things you must put into perspective. Many of the videos are of old style gyroplanes without (HS's) horizontal stabilizers.
    In the past there were often two or more accidents a month when there were no two place trainers or instructors and no horizontal stabilizer either.

    It has changed a lot since 2008 now we have training and every manufacture but one (RAF) has added horizontal stabilizers with much more dependable motors.

    We are now setting around the world flights in gyroplanes for the 1st time in history and many more records are being set showing how safe the engines and aircraft are today compared to the past.

    Extra training is the key to safety as we also fly gyroplanes at so much lower altitudes than the FW community that we need to know how to land if the engine goes quite automatically as we often only fly 500 feet and lower. Where (FW) Fixed Wing aircraft fly at 4K to 11K we have much more time to glide and set up for a landing in FW'ed aircraft as they are more for travel and not site seeing as gyroplane are.

    Last year IIRC we had two fatal accidents both were because they hit telephone or electrical wires. This is because they were flying too low before they scouted the flight path from the ground to learn where the wires were located.

    If you fly low you must scout the area and always look for the polls not the wires and always fly over the polls you can see.
    Also as we fly low you should always gain altitude where you have no landing zone under you being able to glide to the next landing zone.

    Training until landing dead stick is automatic and selecting the most dependable engine while flying from one landing zone you can glide to the next should prevent you from becoming another accident.
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    When you look at these video's.

    Look for how they all could have been PREVENTED!

    Learn from them what not to do! Make sure you check how many hours the pilot had at the time of the accident, their training hours, etc.

    They are actually the best way to learn what not to do.
    PRA has a team led by Paul Plack that is investigating the most recent Butterfly ultralight fatal accident as the NTSB does not investigate ultralights.
    Paul as reason to suspect that the muffler may have not been tie wired on and come off going through the prop! This is by no way a final investigation finding so is just speculation at this time.
    We wish to warn all pilots that you need to make sure ANYTHING that can come off the engine needs to be tie wired to another secure point.
    Also we wish to warn Butterfly ultralight pilots that they are not the most stable of gyroplanes and you should have more training before you solo.
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