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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by weeds » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:18 pm

The TNT was built by Neal Terblanche of Kroonstad, I could be wrong.
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Unread post by gyropilot » Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:54 pm

found this the other day - not to shabby?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCyeduaR778


wouldn't mind doing a scratch built gyro?
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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Theuns v V » Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:34 pm

Hi Braam

That is basically what I had inmind, a relatiely simple not to expensive project ican do at home.
Where would a builder get plans for tuch a gyro, what about critical components like the blades and rotor head?

Having been with CAA engineering, are these aproved plans in SA or will CAA make me do a full engineering workup like I had to do while building the SW-18 ?

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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Andreb » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:18 pm

Theuns, the Gyro Braam is referring to used to be a single seat microlight. The owner got most of the parts that he could not manufacture in his workshop from Johan. It has a 503 Rotax engine in. If you want to see how it was done you can send me a PM and I will put you in touch with the owner/builder
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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Theuns v V » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:53 pm

Yes please ,will PM you.

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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by nomie » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:30 am

https://www.olx.co.za/ad/benson-gyrocop ... 31d4b17e8c

Might be a good gyro to use as a base for a project?
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Unread post by Theuns v V » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:42 pm

Looks interesting. I would like to scratchbuild one if I have loot and time oneday. But that is the concept I am after, a simple easy to operate and maintain gyro.


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Unread post by nomie » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:58 am

Theuns v V wrote:To store in a garage, exactly yes :)

Where do homebuildedr get rotors? Are there plases that make then and will sell them in pairs or are they made by builder?

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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

Unread post by Theuns v V » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:51 pm

Great info and vid, thanx for posting :D

I still believe a safe and "relatively cheap" gyro can be home build if one gets the materials and design right.
Take an existing working little single seat design....dont re-invent the wheel :wink:
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Unread post by skytrooper » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:34 pm

If you ever go through on doing this let me know, i'm very interested too, perhaps we could build ours together... :smt023
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Unread post by Theuns v V » Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:38 am

I am very eager to build one, however the loot at this stage does not allow me to do so. I think to convince the CAA engineers of a design is going to be a very expensive and time consuming thing to do unless one employs a structural engineer to "work over" the plans and check every thing for material specksect. This is not really a bad thing do have done but you are talking mega buck to have done and the budget simply does not allow this :(

For the airframe, I am confident it can be easly made by cutting and bolting pieces together, things like the rotor head and other super critical components wil have to be CNC by a reputable engineering shop.

The ebgine is the other thing, as soon as the name Rattex is in the picture the whole "affordability" idea goes out the window.
Now I know most people will say that you can not say this since the pilot's life will be at stake, granted but I was thinking of somthing like the single seaters with a 1/2VW or similar engines in it. I cant for the life of me see that all these "NON AERIE" engines are automatically dangerous. Hell if it wasnt so heavy I would put a Lister pump diesel engine in there....they never quit!

Still, I would dearly love to experiment with a simple gyro....for now just a dream but the L-18 I built also started out as just a dream :wink: :wink:

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Re: Any gyro homebuilders around?

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