The Top 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do In An Autogyro: a list of safety tips for those that are interested in learning about flying.
I’ve been flying autogyros for about three years now and I am often asked for advice on how to become a pilot. As with most things, there is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of people who try to sell you on their various methods and ideas.
The good news is that it’s not as hard as you think it will be! The bad news is that you’ll have to work hard to get good at it. There are lots of things that can go wrong when you first start out. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Here are 10 things you shouldn’t do when you first start flying an autogyro:
Think of an autogyro as a flying lawnmower: if you are looking for a luxury jet that can fly itself to another continent, or if you want to impress your friends with your extreme piloting skills, then this is not the aircraft for you. An autogyro is a low-flying, slow-moving aircraft that has no doors and is made of flammable materials. Here are some important safety tips for those who wish to fly an autogyro:
1. Don’t fly into a hurricane.
2. Don’t take off in high winds.
3. If there is lightning in your area, don’t fly!
4. Never fly over water unless you have at least a 100 mile buffer zone on all sides of the lake/ocean/pond/swamp/bayou.
1) Don’t fly the autogyro in the rain.
2) Don’t fly the autogyro if you see lightning or clouds.
3) Don’t fly the autogyro at night.
4) Don’t fly the autogyro above 17,000 feet or below 3,000 feet.
5) Don’t fly the autogyro anywhere near a volcano.
6) Don’t fly the autogyro near a whale.
7) Don’t fly the autogyro while riding a horse.
8) Don’t feed the autogyro caffeinated foods or beverages before flying, it makes them jittery and aggressive.
9) Once your gyro is airborne don’t leave your seat until it has landed again and come to a complete stop on its wheels.
10) Most importantly, don’t forget your towel!
1. Do not fly on days when the wind is over ten miles an hour, unless you are a very experienced pilot. The rotor blades of an autogyro act like a sail when the wind blows directly onto them, and this can cause the aircraft to capsize.
2. If you are flying in your autogyro, with one of your friends as a passenger, and your friend has never flown before, do not let your friend take control of the aircraft while it is still in the air. Remember that autogyro flights must always be controlled by an experienced pilot, even if he or she is sitting in the back seat.
3. Do not fly your autogyro near to tall buildings or trees. An autogyro’s rotor blades can be damaged if they hit solid objects like these; if a rotor blade is damaged, this can cause a crash.
4. Do not fly at night in your autogyro, unless it has been specially adapted for night flying (not many autogyros have been adapted for night flying). Autogyros are often difficult to spot at night because their lights are not as bright as those of other aircraft and they cannot be heard unless they are flying very close by.
5. Do not
1. Don’t be a passenger in a gyroplane during its first flight.
2. When flying, never exceed the manufacturer’s recommended weight limitations.
3. Don’t use the autogyro’s brakes when landing unless you want to tip over and cause damage to your plane.
4. Don’t fly within 50 feet of trees, buildings or other objects that might interfere with the propeller path or rotor blade path.
5. When flying an autogyro, don’t allow yourself to get too close to the ground or water unless you are making a controlled landing to avoid crashing into the ground and causing damage.
6. Never take off or land in an area without first checking for obstructions such as power lines, trees and other structures that may interfere with your ability to clear them safely.
7. Never attempt to fly if there are strong winds blowing from any direction except straight ahead at less than 10 knots unless you have been trained specifically for crosswinds by an authorized instructor pilot who has experience with this type of aircraft operation in similar conditions before attempting it on your own accord!
8. Don’t make steep turns during takeoff or landing, as this could result in loss of control if done improperly;
You’ll see autogyros in television shows and movies with the pilot leaning out of the cockpit, taking shots at another aircraft. This is not a good idea for several reasons:
1. You are exposed to the wind, which makes you an inferior shot to someone in a closed cockpit.
2. If you hit anything, it will come right through the open cockpit and hit you.
3. One of your arms is holding on to the control stick, which means you are firing with one hand.
4. It’s illegal, and people will make fun of you.
5. Shooting at other aircraft is generally considered unsafe, as they may return fire or try to ram you or something like that.
6. The recoil from your gun will throw off your aim on subsequent shots, which isn’t a problem when shooting from a fixed position but can be a real pain when shooting from a moving platform like an autogyro that’s constantly changing its attitude relative to the ground and the other aircraft (the gyroplane will pitch up slightly each time the gun is fired).
7. If somebody decides that they want to shoot back at you with their own gun while flying an autogyro (or any other type of aircraft), then they’ll