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Rotor Track and Balance training in SA

Unread post by Mike G » Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:04 pm

I have been tracking & balancing gyro rotors for a few years now with the Smart Avionics PB3 and now their latest PB4. I've balanced just about every European type gyro and rotor around.

With a colleague we set up a small company to teach rotor track and balance (RTB). We've trained people at the following factories; Magni, ELA, AutoGyro, Trendak, Silverlight, Brako and Gyro Tech. We've also trained a number of distributors, dealers and owners. See our website
http://www.vayavolo.com/rotorcraft-balancing/en/

I am planning to come to SA around October/November this year and a friend who has a hanger and office at Springs has offered to let me use his place as a location for a 2 day RTB training course. My friend isn't a gyro guy so we'd need some gyros to balance as part of the training.

Would there be any interest?

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Re: Rotor Track and Balance training in SA

Unread post by Magnificent » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:05 pm

Will be interested, thank you...👍
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Re: Rotor Track and Balance training in SA

Unread post by Rotor-Blade » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:37 pm

Yes - very interested - 17min from springs
Great idea and offer

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Re: Rotor Track and Balance training in SA

Unread post by Rotor kop » Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:04 pm

Does this only apply to gyro rotors? What about rotors under power (helicopters)?
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Re: Rotor Track and Balance training in SA

Unread post by Andreas » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:10 pm

Hi there

I would be interested, will be bringing a Titanium Auto Gyro (TAG) with.

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Re: Rotor Track and Balance training in SA

Unread post by Mike G » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:49 pm

From our website you'll see that we ask for at least 4 participants to make it worth my while doing a session. I don't have to do this for a living, I'm retired with a reasonable pension and do this mainly to keep me busy and meet fellow gyro owners so it has to be worth my while or I just stay at home :).

From bitter experience I know that about 50% of those who say they are "interested" don't attend when they realise they have to pay or simply don't turn up when I arrive. So I'm looking for more interest before I decide to put this session on and (because of previous experience) will be asking for a deposit to cover my expenses in the event that people don't show on the day. So, I'm afraid, we'll need more interest.

From the website you'll also see that the standard charge is 500€ per person. If you are still interested please email me at vibrations@vayavolo.com with some details about you (owner or dealer/manufacturer), your gyro(s), how much "hands-on" you are with your gyro maintenance. This gives me some idea of the level I have to work from.

I hope we can get enough people together for this to happen, spread the word.

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Re: Rotor Track and Balance training in SA

Unread post by Rotor kop » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:58 pm

Mike G wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:49 pm
From our website you'll see that we ask for at least 4 participants to make it worth my while doing a session. I don't have to do this for a living, I'm retired with a reasonable pension and do this mainly to keep me busy and meet fellow gyro owners so it has to be worth my while or I just stay at home :).

From bitter experience I know that about 50% of those who say they are "interested" don't attend when they realise they have to pay or simply don't turn up when I arrive. So I'm looking for more interest before I decide to put this session on and (because of previous experience) will be asking for a deposit to cover my expenses in the event that people don't show on the day. So, I'm afraid, we'll need more interest.

From the website you'll also see that the standard charge is 500€ per person. If you are still interested please email me at vibrations@vayavolo.com with some details about you (owner or dealer/manufacturer), your gyro(s), how much "hands-on" you are with your gyro maintenance. This gives me some idea of the level I have to work from.

I hope we can get enough people together for this to happen, spread the word.

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How about answering some of the questions above then maybe you will get a better interest Sir.
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Re: Rotor Track and Balance training in SA

Unread post by Mike G » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:38 am

Rotor kop
Sorry I thought I'd replied to your question but I realise it's not posted here so I must have messed up.

There's no doubt the PB4 balancer can be used for helicopters, there are a number of heli owners using it.

At the moment I have a little experience balancing helicopter rotors. I am working with a European light helicopter manufacturer to develop a track and balance procedure for the Smart Avionics PB4 balancer but it's a long job because whenever I'm available he isn't and visa versa.
So with our summer holidays coming up I doubt if it will be finished for my visit to SA. Even if it were finished I'd not consider it fully tested enough to propose teaching it to a paying customer.

The procedure we are developing is very much based on the procedure I developed for Smart Avionics for gyros and that I present during my training sessions for gyros. If we get enough people together to do a gyro session at Springs you are welcome to sit in and we can talk on the side about what differences I think (or know) would apply to your heli rotor. You can pay me what you think it's worth when we've finished.

Are you currently balancing rotors and if so what system are you using?

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Re: Rotor Track and Balance training in SA

Unread post by Rotor kop » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:02 am

Thank you Mike for the reply. I will skip this round then thank you.
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