the words every pilot should commit to memory
. . .Dare
to dream, hope, believe, seek, find, build and fly.
FAA warns light sport aircraft manufacturers of violations
The Federal Aviation Administration has warned some manufacturers of light sport aircraft that they are violating safety standards. Most of the violations involved missing paperwork, said Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association. "Missing a document doesn't mean an airplane wasn't built right. It just means you can't prove it was built a certain way," he said.
Find out more
Parts is Parts
Did I see gyro plane floats? Yes I did! Les, the fellow that owns the parts in the pictures (to the left) some of us were looking at the other day, moved away from his gyro-friendly airport and so decided to sell his current project. I remember seeing a video of a gyro on floats once. How much fun that would be!
The floats and other parts are for sale.
The engine is a Subaru
The cabin is an older modle RAF 2000
There are a lot more parts than those pictured here, including the floats and Les wants to sell them. Check it out!
100 US Per-Flight Fee - Researched by
Aircraft Owners & Pilot Association
Say it isn’t so. After almost
9,000 people urged the president of the USA to take damaging aviation user
fees off the table, the administration on Jan. 13 offered its response: No
“We are disappointed but not
surprised that the administration continues to seek a $100 user fee on
general aviation flights,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller.
Find out more on this topic in
January 2012 issue.
Air Traffic Control Tower - Hold
Have you recently been issued
"hold short" instructions by a Control Tower and you acknowledged with just
your "registration" number or even worse, the infamous "roger"? What happens
next is the controller tries to get you to say the proper response. This is
not because the controller is "having a bad day" and is hassling you. This
has been leading to some interesting radio dialog and ties up valuable radio
All the USA Air Traffic Control
Towers have been mandated to emphasize the use of proper radio phraseology
concerning "hold short" instructions as stated in the Aeronautical
Information Manual AIM.
Controller Phraseology; "November One Two Three Four Five, Hold Short of
Runway Three Zero Left at Kilo"
Pilot Response: "November One Two Three Four Five, Hold Short of Runway
Three Zero Left at Kilo",
Pilot Response: "Gyro Plane Three Four Five, Hold Short of Runway three
Zero Left at Kilo"
Controller Phraseology: "Experimental Rotorcraft 54321, hold short Runway
"Gyro 321, holding short"
"November 321, roger"
Acceptable Responses: "Experimental Rotorcraft 321, hold short Runway Two
"November 321, hold short of Two Eight"
Complacency and / or the lack of
radio discipline has led to numerous runway incursions. Remember to maintain
safety and professionalism by adhering to proper and precise radio
Manual fuel Gage Batteries Not Needed
have been at least two articles on simple fuel gauge installations.
If you are looking for a simple,
inexpensive solution to your need for an accurate fuel gage, it might be easier
to find than you thought. The basic procedure is defined in the RAF Pilots
There is also a link to another
article on the same subject.
These gauges are as accurate as it
The July Issue.
Small Airports Are
Perfect For Gyros!
As you drive your motorcycle, car or pickup truck onto your airport, look
around. Many of us fly out of small family-oriented fields. And these scenes are
open for all of us to enjoy and take pleasure in the ongoing airport story.
A recent trip brings this to mind. It
was a holiday weekend and the taxiways had some non-aircrafts on them. There
were kids’ tricycles , bicycles and coaster wagons on the paved surfaces to look
out for. I forgot to mention some loose dogs as well. Now most of this occurred
on the actual hanger ramps as opposed to the main airport
non-the-less it was nice to see families enjoying the airport together. Did I
mention folks cooking on charcoal grills? I wonder if that is even legal? Now I
have a smile on my face thinking of all that going on.
was work being accomplished as well. One antique airplane was getting some paint
touched up on her wings and some new lettering being applied to a gyroplane.
The winter was officially over for these airport attendees and everyone could
tell that this is truly “Spring” in the air. Real sunshine is coming and the
winter blasts are behind us. Flip a page on our calendar.
Small airports are different than large ones. At small airports, folks drive
past and wave as they leave the airport or arrive. Many won’t just waive, but
feel compelled (by courtesy) to stop and say hello. Now, on this day, they don’t
need to roll down the window first since Summer is coming! If you need a hand,
the guy that stopped to say hello will be happy to lend his to hold a wrench or
help push the gyro into the hanger.
God bless aviation.
|Aircraft Re-Registration Schedule - USA
If your gyro is registered in the USA, these
dates are very very important to
keeping your ship's registration current.
|If the Certificate was issued in:
||The certificate expires on:
||The owner must apply for
re-registration between these dates, -
to allow delivery of a
new certificate before expiration.
|March of any
||March 31, 2011
||November 1, 2010
||and January 31, 2011
April of any year
June 30, 2011
February 1, 2011
and April 30, 2011
|May of any year
||September 30, 2011
||May 1, 2011
||and July 31, 2011
June of any year
December 31, 2011
August 1, 2011
and October 31, 2011
|July of any year
||March 31, 2012
||November 1, 2011
||and January 31, 2012
August of any year
June 30, 2012
February 1, 2012
and April 30, 2012
|September of any year
||September 30, 2012
||May 1, 2012
||and July 31, 2012
October of any year
December 31, 2012
August 1, 2012
and October 31, 2012
|November of any year
||March 31, 2013
||November 1, 2012
||and January 31, 2013
December of any year
June 30, 2013
February 1, 2013
and April 30, 2013
|January of any year
||September 30, 2013
||May 1, 2013
||and July 31, 2013
February of any year
December 31, 2013
August 1, 2013
and October 31, 2013
The first re-registration notices
were sent on or shortly after October 1, 2010, for aircraft that were
registered in March of any year. These aircraft are assigned an expiration
date of March 31, 2011. The owners of these aircraft should have applied
for re-registration between November 1, 2010 and January 31, 2011, their
assigned timely filing window.
your ship's registration date and address
iPad App as an alternative to paper aeronautical
In a precedent-setting move, the
FAA recently approved the use of an iPad App
as an alternative to paper aeronautical charts for charter airline Executive
The approval for the Jeppesen Mobile TC App for iPad came after a
evaluation that involved both the FAA and members of Executive Jet
iOS 5 Update Troubles For iPads
other Apple device users should take note of a quirk that can occur after
updating the operating system to iOS 5. According to multiple application
developers, the operating system could delete data, including charts and
See also on this page an
alternative to paper aeronautical charts.
Happy New Year 2012!
You know exactly when you'll hear it, and you’ll probably
assume that you won't hear it again for a year. The clock will hit 11:59,
the countdown will begin . . . 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 . . . . and the music
will rise. The music lyrics will most probably be an old song of Scottish
origin. It is wistful and so we have chosen it to describe friends and
relationships we have made in our years of flying and talking in hangers
and through emails and over Skype and across long distances.
More on That
|New Rule on USA Aircraft
There is a new wide-ranging FAA rule that will
significantly affect all United States "N" - registered civil aircraft -
essentially all gyros in the United States of America. It became effective
this month, on October 1, 2010.
More information on this topic.
Catches Up With the Rest of the Globe
and Wait” in Preparation for Takeoff is a new Air Traffic Control
term for many US pilots. Beginning September 30, 2010 , the words
“Line Up and Wait” will replace the words “Position and Hold” to instruct a
pilot to enter the runway to await take-off clearance.
More information on this topic.
Roberto Ferri is an Avionics Technician and has used his
talents to update his RAF 2000. For more information on this project
out. He has installed or is installing many new electronics and
lighting features into and around his RAF 2000
Gyroplane Instructor Dofin Fritts is featured in an
article on pages 52 and 53 in the February, 2010 Popular Mechanics Magazine.
Dofin Friits was also
mentioned in the January, 2010 issue of
EAA Sport Aviation
Magazine "Blades of Glory - The Pitcairn Autogyro"
For more on
Beautiful RAF Dashboard
This winter's project is to convert the engine to fuel
injection - I'm hoping to reduce it's dipsomaniac thirst for petrol.
More pictures of this ship
on the Isle of Wight.
Picture your gyro
with wings and two rotors
Many gyro pilots
transitioned from airplane pilots. So picture your gyro with wings, two
counter-rotating rotors and infinitely more complex. Picture it so much more
complex that it takes three fly-by-wire computers to enable the pilot and
co-pilot to fly it. For more on the
gyro to V22 comparison , including
|What is this used for? Why would
you want one?
|Bill Bertram Says Hello!
Hi Bill! Happy
Did you go for a
information on snow skis for RAF 2000
|Purple People Eater Wins Award
Mike Matthews named his ship Bugs (aka “the Purple People
Eater”). This Purple RAF 2000 , is based at Gansbaai in the Western Cape
Province of the Republic of South Africa. Mike's ship was voted the best
looking RAF in SA – 2008.
| Congratulations to Gavin
Gavin Mocke flew his first solo flight
April, 2009. This is great stuff..... Fun stuff. As everyone who has
soloed can recall. View
John Miller died Monday on June 23, 2008
Miller is shown in 1938 during the test flight period with Kellett KD-1 autogiro, the precursor to the helicopter.
Miller died Monday on June 23, 2008 at the age of 102 years.
(Photo courtesy of John Miller)
Robin Moore remembers the last
words his grandfather, John Miller, said to him Sunday night. "I guess my
flying days are over," recalled Moore.
If you are an RAF Pilot member
read more in and view videos in the
Miller's loss would be felt
throughout the aviation world.
FAA Proposes 22 Changes to Sport Pilot Rule
In the almost four
years since the sport pilot rule was implemented, the pilot community and
the FAA have gained a lot of practical experience. Now the FAA has used that
experience to develop 22 proposed changes to the rule that would affect
aircraft, pilots, and procedures.
Some of the proposed
changes, which were published April 15, 2008 already are drawing pilot
comment. Among them is the plan to alter altitude limitations—now set at a
maximum of 10,000 feet msl—to include an agl limitation. This would increase
the operating window for pilots who live in mountainous terrain. Another
change to the rule would allow the use of light sport aircraft (LSAs) in
Part 141 flight training programs.
Other changes would
replace proficiency checks currently done by flight instructors with checks
done by pilot examiners, retroactively require sport pilots to receive one
hour of flight training on the control and maneuvering of an airplane solely
by reference to instruments, and replace category and class logbook
endorsements with ratings on the pilot’s certificate, eliminating the need
for pilots to carry their logbooks when they fly.
The FAA is allowing
120 days to file comments, and AOPA is carefully reviewing the proposed
changes and their possible effects on members. You can review the full
notice of proposed rulemaking online.
|Ronnie Legge has a Project Report
The flight testing of the new tail went very well. The rain stopped every
time we wanted to fly.
The recommendations were that the VNE is
lifted to 80 mph, doors can be fitted and the crosswind limit is lifted to
15 mph. The MAUW is now 50 lbs higher to 1275 lbs. The government paper work
in the process. See details
on the project.
New Oregon, USA Ethanol Law to Take Effect on January 1,
Experimental Aviation Association
members are responding to a newly passed
law in the State of Oregon, USA requiring ethanol additives in gasoline
distributed in that state. The new mandate is that all gasoline grades contain a
10 percent ethanol blend once state ethanol production reaches at least 40
million gallons. The law is scheduled to . EAA immediately alerted Oregon
chapter leaders, the Oregon Pilots Association, and the Oregon Department of
Aviation in a special Government e-Notice regarding the potential harmful flight
safety effects the new law would have on thousands aircraft owners and
Among those who could be adversely affected include pilots transitioning through
the state; those with an FAA-approved auto fuel supplemental type certificate (STC);
ultra light pilots; and experimental aircraft owners who require
ethanol free auto fuel.
Complain of Engine Outs - Costly Repair Problems - Ethanol
Are Gyro Pilots In Same Boat?
My RAF is placarded for 92 octane auto gas – no
ethanol. At a recent fly-in several folks noticed that placard and asked
me why the craft carried the no-ethanol note? I simply answered: “Although
my aircraft is experimental, I don’t find the need to experiment with too
many things at once. Fuel is something someone else can experiment with.”
Proponents of ethanol see it as a fuel additive that can reduce energy
woes in the USA and Brazil. Farmers in my part of the USA see it as another market to
sell corn to and in Brazil they use sugar cane to produce the stuff. Some boaters say they need it like a hole in the hull. A
Wall Street Journal article indicated that boat owners were
encountering expensive repairs as a result of ethanol in their gasoline.
The blended gasoline currently in wide use in many areas of the USA
typically contains up to10% ethanol. Such blends now account for about 40%
of all gasoline produced in the country, up from 33% in 2005, according to
the American Petroleum Institute. The spread of ethanol, often made from
corn, has been spurred by state and federal government moves to promote
alternative fuels. Only 10% or RAF owners surveyed in July, 2006 indicated
that they have burnt or will burn gasoline with ethanol.
|FAA Pilot Procedures
After a number of runway incursions at a variety of airports
around the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration has
recommended these procedures be followed while on the ground. Although
many of them don't apply to most of the airports our members fly in or out
of, the procedures carry some merit for any pilot.
(Click on the procedures below to download a
printable PDF file of them.)
Florida, USA - Some Fine Ship There Harry
April Solo - Congratulations!
Johan Venter went solo in his RAF
2000 with Eben Mocke Snr.
Congrats to Johan and may there be many hours of happy flying.
Just some interesting facts to add..... Johan was once so nervous of flying he
thought of every excuse not to fly every morning. And
look at him now!
An Aviation icon, Rotary Air Force
Marketing, Inc. (RAF) withdrew form the sport gyroplane marketplace. Their
announcement came as a shock to many of us. The company had produced
over 700 kits during their 20 years and was viewed as a positive and driving
force in an industry where few survive and fewer still produce enclosed-cabin,
Over the years, they have strived to
encourage gyro pilots, a fringe group of aviation aficionados' to be sure, to
work towards safety and operate within the regulations of the aviation
community. They provided training and guidance to the aviation community
around the globe. They tested many engine types and finally settled on the
Subaru engines, with modifications and tweaks, as the power plant of choice.
That engine has become a choice for many homebuilt aircraft in the experimental
category. View the
closing announcement from RAF, Rotary Air Force Marketing, Inc.
Enter Upington Microlight & RAF
2000 Training Center As the New Factory for RAF 2000 ...miles above the
Upington Microlight & RAF 2000
Training Center is located in Upington, South Africa. RAF has, from a
customer's viewpoint, only moved. For more information, see the article "RAF
2000 Has A New Logo!" on the
training page of this website.
RAF Pilots, not associated with the
RAF 2000 factory, will always be here as a support vehicle for all RAF pilots.
Our newsletters as well as the members only website monthly issues are still
part of the aviation experience. It you own an RAF and are not a member,
you should join now!
US Pilots - There are Regulation
Changes On Your Horizon
They are now in the notice of
proposed rule making stage.
Gyroplane Specific Rule Changes
from NPRM Document Number FAA-2006-26661
Proposal No. CFR designation
Summary of the proposed changes
5 .........§ 61.19(b)
.............Extend the duration period for student pilot certificates for
persons under the age of 40 years.
7 .........§ 61.19(d) .............Establish flight instructor certificates
without expiration dates.
26 .......§ 61.51(e)(1)(iv) …Permit a pilot who is performing the duties of PIC
while under the supervision of a qualified PIC to log PIC time.
54 .......§ 61.109(d)(5)(ii) ...Change the distance on the solo cross-country
flight for private pilot certification—gyroplane rating to conform to ICAO
requirements. Change the distance on a cross-country flight for private pilot
certification—gyroplane rating from ‘‘at least 25 nautical miles’’ to read
‘‘more than 25 nautical miles.’’
55 .......§ 61.127(b)(4)(vi) ...Add ‘‘ground reference maneuvers’’ as an area of
operation for commercial pilot certification—gyroplane rating.
60 .......§ 61.129(d)(3)(i) .....Reduce the instrument training for commercial
pilot certification—gyroplane rating to 2.5 hours on the control and maneuvering
of a gyroplane solely by reference to instrument and permit it to be conducted
in an aircraft, flight simulator, or flight training device. Clarify the control
and maneuvering of a gyroplane solely by reference to instrument required for
commercial pilot certification gyroplane rating must include training using a
62 .......§ 61.129(d)(3)(ii) ....Allow the day cross-country flight for
commercial pilot certification gyroplane rating to be performed under VFR or IFR.
63 .......§ 61.129(d)(3)(iii) ...Delete the requirement for a cross-country
flight at night time for commercial pilot certification—gyroplane rating and
establish it as ‘‘At least two hours of flight training during night-time
conditions in a gyroplane at an airport, that includes 10 takeoffs and 10
landings to a full stop
(with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern).’’
64 .......§ 61.129(d)(4) ........Permit training for commercial pilot
certification—gyroplane rating to be performed solo or with an instructor
Event - Congratulations to Johan Pienaar
Johan Pienaar conducted his first solo flight in his
RAF-2000 in mid-February, 2007 in Upington, South Africa with Eben Mocke Sr
as his flight instructor.
Congrats from the entire gyro community on a fine job done
goes out to Johan and to Eben as always.
(by the way, if you get a chance, check out the
Bundu Bash Fly-in.)
guys are out having some flight fun in South Africa.
Pictured from the front to the back: Eben Mocke Senior
John van der Merwe
Eben Mocke Junior
This photo was taken just before they flew from
Upington to the Augrabies Waterfalls and back. The round trip was about
(The Orange River drops 191 meters at the Augrabies
More on the trip.
Home of An Absolute Beauty!
This RAF belongs to Ronnie Legge
and the workmanship is beyond superb. He runs a carbureted EJ-22 with
a four blade propeller.
He has also designed an enclosed
trailer that allows him to transport his machine with the rotors on.
See what else Ronnie is up to.
RAF Pilots In New Electronic Home
The RAF Pilots site was moved at 8:00
PM US CST on 11/24/06. By midnight, the thousands of files were loaded. And by
7:30 AM on 11/25/06 We were able to access those files across the Internet. Both
Gyro Nation and RAF Pilots have now been moved and were running with them
accessible within a few hours, rather than the potential days that were
We had the opportunity to run many of
the videos on the websites and have to say wow! They never get old.
First LSA Repairman Inspection
Gyroplane Course Completed!
Paul Patterson, center in picture,
has had a great October. Paul successfully added sport pilot gyroplane
privileges to his private pilot certificate on October 7th in his RAF-2000 by
completing a proficiency check. On October 22nd, Paul received the first
Repairman (LSA) Inspection certificate issued by the FAA from Inspector Edsel
Ford, on right, from the Light Sport Aviation Branch. Paul completed
FUN AIR, LLC’s repairman inspection course for gyroplanes after 16 hours of academic
training and practical exercises. Upon receiving his repairman certificate Paul
will now be able to conduct annual condition inspections on his ELSA RAF-2000.
Martin Weaver, left and Kelly Teague, not pictured, are the instructors for the
FAA accepted repairman course. This is the first course conducted since the
advent of the national LSA program.
|Fly the El Mirage
THE KEN BROCK ROTORCRAFT
ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (PRA - CHAPTER ONE) sponsors a
fantastic annual event that every gyro enthusiast should plan to attend.
It is appropriately called the Ken Brock Freedom Fly-In.
Several years back, there was a free
video reproduced and distributed to encourage people to have fun with
their gyros. We were all asked to spread it around. The video had a
simple title: It was simply 5 EZ Steps to Fly a Gyro.
In the interest
of the gyro sport, this video streaming is provided by the RAF Pilots
Association along with Gyro Nation.
Step 1, Go to a Fly-In
There couldn’t be a better fly-in to get introduced to gyros than the one at
El Mirage on the actual dry lake bed.
Video size options:
Step 2, Get quality Instruction
There are a number of fun-filled scenes of flight lessons nicely edited
Video size options:
640X480 16.6 MB
320X240 4.6 MB
Step 3, Build a gyro
Humorous scenes depicting the steps in building a Ken Brock gyro
Video size options:
640X480 47.1 MB
320X240 13.8 MB
Step 4, If you want to fly like Ken Brock, You've Got To Look like Ken Brock
There are a number of the great Ken Brock's legend flight maneuvers
Video size options:
640X480 34.2 MB
320X240 9.5 MB
Step 5, Go have fun
Loads of fun on a Ken Brock gyro plane
Video size options:
640X480 34.2 MB
320X240 37.5 MB
Let us know your thoughts on the video
or the fly-in. Email the
webmaster or use the
Gyro Enthusiast International Get Together
Be sure to attend the
free Gyro Enthusiast International Get Together at Fond du Lac, the day
after the EAA Airventure. This event is a must for anyone interested
in gyroplanes. For more on the event go to
Get Together '06.
|The July, 2006
Survey Results are in
To everyone that took the time to fill in the digital
survey, Thank You.
The results, pictured on the right, are the breakdown
from the question, "How many flight hours are on your gyro?"
View the entire
survey results on the
|Solo Event -
Congratulations Paul Patterson
At 7:50 a.m. on July 17th, Paul Patterson of Guthrie, OK
conducted his first solo flight in his RAF-2000, N227E. Paul built his
gyroplane and certificated it as an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft
(ELSA) on March 1st this year. Paul is a Vietnam era helicopter pilot and
bought his gyroplane kit about two years ago. He put off building his
gyroplane kit until after be rebuilt a Taylorcraft and obtained his
Private Pilot airplane certificate. Since November of last year Paul has
worked at completing his RAF-2000 and learning how to fly gyroplanes. Paul
has persevered and succeeded in accomplishing his goal of soloing his
gyroplane. Now he is working towards completing the Sport Pilot
proficiency check sometime in August. Congratulations Paul!!
|Solo Event -
Congratulations Roger Hooker
On Wednesday, May 31,
2006 at 09:35 CDT, Roger Hooker took to the skies of Oklahoma, USA in solo
flight in his ELSA RAF2000, N4208Q, for the first time.
Roger made three successful takeoffs and landings in his fun machine.
More pictures of the solo's
|Miss Champion on
Pitcairn started the throaty-sounding 1931 Pitcairn PCA-2 autogiro named
Miss Champion, pointed her into a steady breeze and in about
30 feet was airborne. NC 11609 gently lifted off the runway, climbed and
headed over to EAA's Pioneer Airport where it landed vertically in front
of its new home, the Pitcairn Hangar at EAA’s Pioneer Airport.
Part I of this video)
London Air Show - Gyro Success
By Martyn Love
This was a seriously good show. I reckon about 10,000
people passed through the London Air show over the 3 days (21st - 23rd
April 2006), and judging by my throat, I think most of them visited the
British Rotorcraft stand.
We had a fantastic response, and our stand was easily
the busiest at the show. We had 4 gyros on the stand, with 10 people
on hand to offer information, plus a DVD playing the entire time. It
generated a lot of interest, and in particular we had some of the head
guys from the CAA paying us a visit, they intimated that the raising of
the profile was long overdue, and it meant that gyros could now start to
be taken more seriously. We had an RAF, a Magni, an MT03 and a Cricket on
static display. My take on it was that if we had a pre-built 2-seater
enclosed gyro we could have sold quite a few; everyone loved the RAF but
not all wanted to build it.
After this show, I am really looking forward to the
start of the flying season, with our first major fly-in at
Popham Airfield (about 20 miles due west
of where I am located) on this Saturday (April 29th/30th, 2006).
|Two New Experimental Light Sport
|Pictured above (left to right) Martin Weaver, flight
instructor; Roger Hooker, proud owner and builder of N4608Q (white
machine); Edsel Ford, Airworthiness Inspector from the FAA’s Light
Sport Aviation Branch; Steve Keesey, FAA Airworthiness Inspector from
the OKC FSDO; Paul Patterson, proud builder and owner of N227E (red
machine); and Duane Hunn,
Rotary Air Force flight instructor and test pilot.
On March 1st, at Fun Air, LLC hangar, in Mustang, OK, USA, two new
RAF-2000s were certificated as Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (ELSA).
The ability to certificate both gyroplanes on the same day required
collaboration between the owners (one from Albuquerque, NM and the other
from Guthrie, OK), the FAA inspectors and the flight instructors. Planning
started for this event in November 2005.
Duane Hunn conducted the initial
test flights. N4608Q made her first flight at 10:17 a.m. on March 2nd.
N227E made her first flight at 11:36 a.m. on March 3rd. Both
builder/owners are proud of what they have accomplished after many hours
of labor. Mr. Hooker is working towards a Sport Pilot certificate and has
a goal of becoming a Sport Pilot Flight Instructor in the future. Mr.
Patterson is working towards a Commercial Pilot certificate and is also
has a goal to be a gyroplane flight instructor. Congratulations to both
these gentlemen for a job well done!
people have all the luck.
who hangs out as an "Airport
Bum" at the Waycross, Georgia, USA Airport, was doing just that
(hanging out) when this good-looking blond pulls up in an Extra 300L.
You cannot make these kinds of
stories up - guys. So he
introduces himself to the Extra pilot who is
Patty Wagstaff, a six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team. Patty has
won the gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic-level international
aerobatic competition and was the first woman to win the title of US
National Aerobatic Champion and one of the few people to win it three
that they will be exchanging rides in her airplane and Jerry's RAF 2000
gyrocopter at a later date.
Giddy With Pride - RAF Owner Speaks Out
We had an open survey online of
the puzzler below for over 40 days and nobody guessed the identity of the
widely-known and outspoken person quoted. He built and flew an RAF for
years, converted it with an American Autogyro modification kit. He
kept that a relatively short time and sold it. The survey results show
that it was hard to guess the answer.
Guess Who This Happy RAF 2000
Below is the widely-published quote from
the happy RAF 2000 owner. Since the quote
included a specific date (Month, Day, and Year) and Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter (in his home
town) we dropped those specifics to keep you all guessing. We
now let you all know who this mystery owner is.
The mystery Quote:
“I flew my Rotary Air Force gyroplane for the first time on” Month, Day,
Year. “The flight was also my first gyro solo after 25 hours of dual
instruction. The kit went together in a little over 300 hours spread over 9
1/2 enjoyable months. I flew 106 hours in the first year and am on track for
doing the same thing during the second year. I'm a member of the EAA
Chapter” in my hometown “and just received my pin for flying more than 10
Young Eagles last year. The RAF is the most fun flying I’ve experienced and
I share it with as many people as I can. She cruises near 80 mph and the
view is fantastic."
Gyro Accomplishes Landings in All 48 Lower US States
Congratulations to Rob
Dubin who completed his series of flights across the lower 48 United States
in his RAF 2000 with the AAI-modified gyroplane on February 28, 2005. RAF Pilots celebrates his
accomplishment which certainly helps to get gyroplanes more publicity.
A job well done, this is no small accomplishment since landings in all 48 have only been
flown once before.
Rob flew his gyro-journey
from Mesa, Arizona to St. George, Utah, flying over 10,000 miles as he was
supported and followed by his wife, Dee, in the couple’s motor home.
During their trip, Rob
flew his gyro over at an average speed of 55 mph with the couple stopping at
more than 140 airports along the way. Most in the gyroplane community
followed Rob’s website log which is a fantastic read. The entire trip was
marred by only two interruptions. The journey was first delayed about a
week while a crew of mechanics from North East Florida Aviation Maintenance
at Jacksonville Florida's Craig airport repaired the gyro after its drive
belt lost teeth and subsequently encountered a hard gear-busting landing.
Later the trip was held up for a month and a half while Rob’s wrist and
thumb were healing from being broken when the gyro’s prop compression-kicked
back as he tried to turn it by hand.
The first gyro to successfully land in all 48 lower United
States was Chuck Feil’s RAF 2000 affectionately referred to as “Rooty
Kazooty”. Chuck’s trip sponsored through Spirit of American
Youth 2000 ended at the EAA Airventure in July 2000.
United Kingdom Insurance - Moves
Forward – Slowly
European legislation that has come into force effective the
first of May, 2005, states that it is compulsory for all aircraft to carry
passenger insurance. Since no insurers in the United Kingdom cover gyro
passengers the new law effectively means we RAF 2000 pilots can no longer carry
passengers over the UK. This change has obvious serious impact on our British
and Scottish members. Do not take a chance flying passengers without insurance
coverage unless you are willing to risk a fine of £5,000 and or 6 months
It is now February, 2006. The UK insurance industry leaders
still have nothing substantial to report on the passenger insurance front. The
deal is that the premium for the entire UK, based on the RAF 2000 fleet, was US
$130,000. There are approximately 80 RAF 2000's in the UK, of which (a rough
guess would be) only half are currently flying, and of those (another rough
guess again) only half would take up the insurance. The arithmetic would
indicate that the pilot/owners wanting to take passengers legally are possibly
looking at an annual premium of $6000 or more. As the whole gyro-flying culture
puts us all into the ''poor relation or risk'' category, there isn’t a lot of
hope. As the European Union passed this law without providing a comment period
for collecting a proper response from the UK gyro pilots, or the insurance
industry, we are all waiting for the next chapter to be written. We will keep
you posted on future developments.
We asked a question last year and it is appropriate to ask it
again. How long will it take to fix this problem?
A background article
If there are any comments or updates, please
let us know.
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Pylon Race AT 2005 PRA Convention
By Jim West
Jim Logan (pictured on the left), RAF Flight Instructor, winner of the 2005 Popular
Rotorcraft Association Pylon Race held at Mentone, Indiana, USA on July
22nd, 2005 Jim flew his green and very swift RAF 2000 in figure-eights
around the white banded orange drum pylons with careful precision.
RAF Pilots First Annual International
by Jim West
The EAA Airventure began at
Oshkosh, WI USA on Monday July 25, 2005 and ended on Sunday, July 31, 2005.
With that came a new chapter in RAF Pilots history. RAF Pilots enjoyed
themselves at their first Annual International get-together. So mark
2006 calendars because there will be another such event the day
following EAA Airventure 2006.
This event unofficially started
on the last day of Airventure for some and in the local Holiday Inn
breakfast on Monday August 1st for others.
The actual and official
start was at Fond du Lac airport on August 1, 2005. Where? Fond du Lac
Airport FLD Wisconsin USA. Fond du Lac is very near the EAA
The all-day flying and talking
and asking and photo-taking party was held at the airport. Attendees
included members, drop-in guests, pilots and builders and "wanna be" pilots
The Senior RAF 2000 staff members
graciously did the cooking and eat everyone did. Even my eighty-nine
year old uncle who had never attended the EAA convention stopped in (drove
his car to the event after playing an early round of golf) to see what we
were all up to and soak up the fellowship of pilots always exuded when fully
involved with their sport.
Hanger facilities, fuel and food
were be available at the airport. RAF Flight instructors also provided
lessons and introduction flights. With the EAA over, there were plenty of
hotel rooms nearby as well as one member's home, which was open as an inn
for RAF Pilots members.
Those that arrived by air prior
to Monday, were greeted by the busiest air traffic
system in the world. Pilots were required to follow the relatively simple
posted procedure. Transponders were not a requirement and aircraft were
referred to by general type and color. I have to say that I never heard
controllers talk so fast. They were like auctioneers moving aircraft
along through the transaction of airport arrival and departure sequencing.
For more of this story and
photos, simply click on the line-up of ships pictured above. for the report
on the planning behind the event see the
in our members only section.
This event took place at the
Burlington airport, WI USA. Food was provided by the local Burlington
as part of the town's fly-in breakfast. Gyros were parked in front of
Hanger 904 on the north side of runway 11/29. All rotor craft are welcome to
these events, including size differences from Benson to Blackhawk.
Burlington Airport BUU is a nice
airport with two runways, one hard top and the other grass. There were
nearly 100 experimental and antique aircraft attending as well as gyros.
This annual event took place Sunday August 28, 2005. Breakfast was
served at the airport.
These events are constantly under
planning discussion and open to members input. If you have a comment,
please send it
RAF Pilots From Wisconsin, USA Visit Weilerbach,
Chuck & Cathy Lukas, from
Appleton, Wisconsin, USA are enjoying a holiday in Germany, where they are
visiting their daughter and her husband. Chuck Lucas
has some EAA gyro notoriety since he won the Ken Brock award for workmanship in 2002 and the Bronze Lindy in
2003 for his Champion, RAF 2000 GTX SE.
Last week they traveled to
Zugspitze, the tallest mountain in Germany at 9,724 feet. The first picture
shows that an RAF Pilots hat has made it to the top of Zugspitze which is
also the dividing point between Germany and Austria (the cross in the
background). The second picture shows there is still some snow at the top of
the mountain. By the way, as they toasted the RAF Pilots around the globe,
Chuck and Cathy indicated that a German beer tastes very good at this
Pilot Chuck Lucas at the German / Austrian border.
Summer snow on the mountain.
Cathy and Chuck enjoying some of the historic culture of area.
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Russ Kempka Gets The Ticket at
Ship is award-winning RAF - twice at EAA Airventure
Champion in 2004
Reserve Grand Champion in 2005
Received Rotorcraft Gyroplane ticket at Airventure
Russ Kempka must really like the EAA
event. Russ won the Bronze Lindy in 2004 and the Silver Lindy in
2005 for his Champion, RAF 2000 GTX SE FI and then received his Rotorcraft
Gyroplane ticket at Airventure 2005. Congratulations Russ!
must really be proud of his accomplishment. His RAF 2000
GTX SE FI won two
awards at the 2005 EAA Airventure prior to our
RAF Pilots get together on Monday August 1.
Gyro Escape RAF 2000 GTX
Won the Ken Brock Workmanship Award
Dave is not
new to Oshkosh Airventure. He also won the Ken Brock Workmanship
award in 2003.
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