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What's New Archive
Contains items from pre-July 2005
Airventure 2006 Update on
Radio Program 1
Airventure 2006 Update on
Radio Program 3
includes some of the RAF Pilots Get Together 2006
Rooty Kazooty Draws Attention of New York
Do we know how to have fun?
photos were taken on a June Sunday at the Ithaca, New York USA airport
fly-in breakfast where Rooty, the gyroplane, and the book were featured
guests, and later that afternoon we hauled 'Rooty' down to the Finger
Lakes Land Trust headquarters for another book signing event.
The Ithaca Times newspaper did an extensive article on the book and
Rooty in their Friday edition.
On Sunday when we drove into the airport we heard people murmuring,
"that must be the gyroplane "Rooty Kazooty" in there." It was great fun,
but my tongue was tied in knots from talking about a gyroplanes
Reportedly this was the first time anyone had seen a gyroplane at the
Ithaca airport...little did they know I had landed there several times
during the making of the book.
At these two events we gave back to the Finger Lakes Land Trust 40% of
the retail book sales. I believe we sold somewhere in the neighborhood
of 50 books that day!
For the entire week we did 8 book signing events that included Syracuse,
Rochester, Penn Yan, and Ithaca NY.
If you haven't seen the book
check it out online at
Views From Above website
For more of this story see
Chuck Feil's Photos.
Bureaucrats Convert Two-Seat
Gyros Into “Single-Seaters” in Mass
by Jim West
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
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 imprisonment. How long will it
take to fix this problem?
From what I understand - -
Hong Fu alias ‘Davy Zhou’ as known by me in the training school,
completed his first solo flight which was officially recognized as the
very first solo gyrocopter flight in China. Many of us have already had
that smile on our faces and many of us soon will. All of us congratulate
Zhou Hong Fu on a job well done.
story by: Laszlo Boross, CFI on the
Snow in Illinois & Local Flooding
It is so nice flying year round.
I had a few air leaks around my doors...so I neatly put some foam gasket
tape on the inside perimeter of my doors...and this really sealed it up. I
was flying yesterday, January 14th, when this picture was taken...it was
only 12 degrees and I still had to turn my heater fan off.
See the rest of these shots in
January issue of RAF Flier
RAF Pilots can now accept Master Card & Visa
Almost all of our members joined
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by sending in a paper check through the postal system. Others could
not join because those options did not work in there part of the world or
didn't fit their way of doing business. On their advice, we now offer
memberships and (soon) product purchases through Master Card and Visa.
If you couldn't join before
through PayPal, you now have an new alternative.
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RAF Pilots North Central Chapter
This event is scheduled for the
airport at Burlington, WI USA. Food will be provided by the local Lions Club
as part of the town's fly-in breakfast. Where? Park your gyro in
front of Hanger 904 on the north side of runway 11/29. All rotor craft are
welcome 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
are usually many experimental and antique aircraft attending as well as
gyros. This year's event is planned for Sunday August 28,
2005. Breakfast is served at the airport so come early and park your
aircraft in front of our hanger with the others.
These events are constantly under planning discussion
and open to members input. If you have a comment, please send it
The November Kitplanes Magazine is worth picking up. The issue contains
two articles on RAF aircraft.
In the first article, THE RAF 2000 Enhanced, written by Ken Armstrong, Ken
writes about his experience in test flying an RAF with Stabilator. Ken has done
a very good job in his in-depth article.
In the second article, Confessions of a first timer, written by Regina P.
Ciardiello, Regina, who is not really accustom to small aircraft, takes her
first ride. Would she do it again? "Absolutely!"
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By Chuck Feil -
|Rooty Kazooty and Chuck Feil -
click WOKR to view short
courtesy of: WOKR Rochester &
WENY Elmira, NY,
|WOKR, ABC channel 13 in Rochester,
New York, does a morning show from 6:00 - 7:00 AM; it is the
typical news morning program except for reporter Darren Mark who
travels with a remote truck to various locations. They came out to
Penn Yan airport in New York, USA and did the TV news show inside
the hangar with all the big jets in the background. Rooty (my RAF)
was the topic of conversation with “tid bits” about my new book
"The Finger Lakes Region of New York - A View From Above".
all kinds of questions about Rooty's unique handling and construction.
The TV station kept coming back throughout the hour and the hosts were
quite taken with the Gyroplane’s uniqueness. (As we all are too.)
There were about 6 segments to the show. On the last one I took Darren
up in Rooty as the sun was rising.
(continued in the
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(pictured to your left) loved to fly gyros and
tinker with them on the ground just like is uncle, Bernard Haseloh.
Read the story of how Bernard Haselow, a Canadian pioneer in these
small craft was instrumental in encouraging his nephew Daniel Haseloh to
learn to fly a gyroplane. These craft eventually lead to the RAF
2000 of today.
Click on the photo of Dan to watch him land the RAF
1000 prototype (670 meg.).
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Georgia RAF 2000 in EAA Publication
Check out the November 2004 issue of SportAviation magazine, published by
the EAA. It is the EAA magazine of recreational aviation.
In the magazine's November issue, Jerry Tiahrt's gyroplane is pictured
under the heading "What our members are building and restoring". Jerry
mentions that his RAF is the most enjoyable aircraft he as ever flown.
He further mentions that his ship is the most enjoyable he has flown and
was fun to build too. Watch him fly it by clicking on the photo
These pages are an excellent way to publish a few words on your gyro in
an international magazine!
Thanks Jerry for publishing a few words on you RAF.
Recently Launched RAF Pilots Experiences Over
The most important item is that this club has been formed less
than a year ago and is in the
process of building membership. You don't have to live in the USA
to own a gyroplane, in fact RAF, the designer, kit supplier and namesake of this
publication, and most probably the largest supplier of enclosed-cabin gyros, is
Canadian. Wherever you live, if you are interested in gyros (especially
if you are interested in RAF models), you should join RAF Pilots.
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on pilots' and builders' accomplishments or any flying experience that they want to share with others.
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RAF pilots are fun-omenal!
Click on the above photo for more highlights of this trip
across the Illinois snow
ship was built by Bob Mcguire. Bob received his fixed wing private
pilot's license when he was 18 and have been flying off an on ever since. He
currently owns this RAF and working towards his gyroplane add-on.
Ship is award-winning RAF - twice at EAA Airventure
Pit crewed for Chuck Feil on the
48-state RAF flight
Received Rotorcraft Gyroplane ticket at Airventure 2004
Chuck Lucas won the Ken Brock award in 2002 and the Bronze Lindy in
2003 for his Champion, RAF 2000 GTX SE N41CL and received his Rotorcraft
Gyroplane ticket at Airventure 2004. Chuck must really like the EAA
event. Congratulations Chuck!
Ship Completed in February 2004
Flying RAF 15 hours per month
Winner of the 2004 PRA Figure 8 Pylon Event
Way to go Stan!
Over 1,000 individuals visit the
RAF pilots website in a month. That is great, since we just opened our
doors less than a year ago. The number of total visits has gradually
moved to over 2,000 visits per month.
The numbers below were taken from
our server statistical reports the night of June 30, 2005.
A good percentage of our visitors are returning to see what is
changing or to take another look. An incredible number of pages accessed
are clicked to each
month. It really isn't so surprising when you realize that
If you are visiting the site and
like it, you are invited to let our
Visit statistics as of June 30 at 24:00 CDT
|Number of visits
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|Jim Helgeson's RAF 2000 Build Experience
J & W Transfer
delivered the first crates of the gyroplane. I opened the main crate &
removed the cabin, rudder and wheel pants. I then broke the main crate down
to get at the lower chest of parts. The next step was obvious, inventory the
parts before anything else. (This article is continued in the September
issue of the
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Chapter 101 RAF Pilots Meet at Burlington, WI, USA
|High and low time pilots meet at Burlington Airport in Wisconsin for
an RAF Pilots Chapter 101 fly-in meeting. What was discussed?
Great things to fly over and around in the neighborhood was the main
topic of discussion along with the next cross-country plan.
|Pictured from Left to right: Jim Logan of Long Island NY, Russ Kempka of
Milwaukee WI, Jim West of Milwaukee WI, Duane Hunn of MI