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Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Theuns v V » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:17 pm

Is there anyone that is onto homebuilt autogyros like the Benson series of simple gyros?
Who can I chat to to get more info like parts sourcing ect? Does the caa even alow gyros to be homebuilt?

I scratchbuilt a fixed wing, now a gyro looks like fun.

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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Bearcat » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:40 pm

Theuns v V wrote:Is there anyone that is onto homebuilt autogyros like the Benson series of simple gyros?
Who can I chat to to get more info like parts sourcing ect? Does the caa even alow gyros to be homebuilt?

I scratchbuilt a fixed wing, now a gyro looks like fun.

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Theuns... please please phone your doctor ... I think you have run out of that strong medication you need :) :wink:
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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Rotor kop » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:45 pm

Try Greg Vos. I can forward your number to him but PM me if you interested.
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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Bearcat » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:07 pm

Does anyone know of Benson's that fly regularly ... its ages since I have seen one in the air
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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Vertical Tango » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:20 pm

Gyros can be homebuilts. In fact a lot of the RAF's have been homebuilts.
I built my Xenon. But that is a bit bigger than the Benson.
Someone with knowledge is Johan Von Ludwig.
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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Theuns v V » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:26 am

Theuns... please please phone your doctor ... I think you have run out of that strong medication you need :) :wink:

Bruce, you know me....I am well beyond the point where any Doctor can help me :lol: :lol:

I am sure builsing simple like for example the Benson, or similar will be well within my skill set. I just wanted to hear what the homebuilders do to get critical elements like rotor assemblies ect done or where they are obtained from.

I like the larger 2 seat gyros, however I found that when I built the cub, I mostly flew allone anyway and that something like a "arround the patch" aerie or gyro will be perfect.Also the larger gyros kits are way to expensive and I will have to build something from scratch like I did the L-18 ...if and when $ allowed me to do so.
Then when I look at a small gyro, it seems better since one does not need a hanger for it either, this is a big bonus.

Thanx for the input sofar , of you guys have more info please post :D

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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Whirly » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:01 am

Theuns,

Build a Little Wing Autogyro, www.littlewingautogyro.com

You basically build a Cub and then slap a set of rotors on it! :lol: The tractor type of gyro is apparently the safest type from what I have heard. They come with one or two seats.

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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Theuns v V » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:59 pm

That looks interesting! Wasnt there a similar attempt with a Bushbaby fuse some time ago?

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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Vertical Tango » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:25 pm

Theuns v V wrote:That looks interesting! Wasnt there a similar attempt with a Bushbaby fuse some time ago?

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Unread post by Whirly » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:27 pm

Looks like it belongs in a Mad Max movie! :lol:

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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Vertical Tango » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:35 pm

At least he had the guts to do something different that many others do not have, and I believe it performs very well, in fact like anything he touches.
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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Whirly » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:38 pm

Vertical Tango wrote:At least he had the guts to do something different that many others do not have, and I believe it performs very well, in fact like anything he touches.
I agree, I admire him and think he is one of the cleverest guys around. :D

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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Theuns v V » Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:32 pm

What I like about the benson is that it is a very small gyro and I am sure it could be made so that the rotors come off and it can be trailored instead of having to hanger it.

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Unread post by nomie » Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:42 pm

Theuns v V wrote:What I like about the benson is that it is a very small gyro and I am sure it could be made so that the rotors come off and it can be trailored instead of having to hanger it.

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As far as I know you can remove just about any gyro's rotors in a reasonable time. Only the amount of bolts you have to remove varies. Some keep their alignment better than others though :?
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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Theuns v V » Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:47 pm

Yup, there will be many engineering factors to think about, I like the simplicity of say the Benson.
The think to keep inmind it what materials it uses, I would assume 6061T6 extrusions, The head I am sure mist be cnc milled ect.
The main thing is training, I wonder how "twitchy" these small single seater are when compared to a Magni or similar.

Then CAA might be another huge hurdle to overcome engineering wize and one would have to see it the hugely expensive costs to get an engineer to design the thing will be cost prohibative.
When I built the L-18 I had plans but CAA made me do a heap of very expensive engineering anyway :x

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