Thursday, 11 July 2013
Fascinating. These were two Rotorway 162s (Kevin and Paul Vaughan) one Rotorway 90 (Ian Brown) and one Rotorway 162E modified (Bruce Alexander) - that is with a Talon engine and a very other differences.
While the machines were basically the same, the also had their own unique due to the uniqueness of the builders.
Other differences include the start-up, in which the collective is raised, to make the blades neutral pitch,
and 1.5 Manifold Pressure put on the gauge (eighth of an inch of throttle) which helps ease the engine-blade relationship; another is a weight (25 - 33 lbs) which is placed on the front skid if the pilot flies solo, or on a back shaft (under the start of the tail boom) if there are two in the cockpit.
More in Helicopter Life Autumn issue, but it was a very enjoyable day flying the machines and very instructive. I like the Rotorway and I was impressed what a nice fun group they have there, all of whom clearly love flying and in particular love flying the Rotorway.
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
|Tomas Sorenson and GCCUO|
We now know this one weighs 1571 lbs and that that gives it a lot of carrying power given that the all up weight is 3000 lbs. This is not always true of H369s - which, although always powerful, are often carrying more basic weight because they have auxillary tanks or more instruments etc. G-CCUO is a light machine, and therefore, perhaps, more suitable for training and rental.
|Gee and G-CCUO|
His future is now with flying in Kenya. I hope the training he had here works well for him.