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Straight and Level 

Aim:

To fly the gyro at a constant height, speed, direction, while maintaining balance. 

Considerations:

The 4 forces acting on a gyro in flight 

  • Weight
  • Lift
  • Thrust
  • Drag

Equilibrium 

  • State of zero acceleration 
  • Acceleration is change in speed and/or direction 

Couples 

  • Thrust/Drag - nose up
  • Lift/Weight - nose down
  • Increase power/thrust - nose up
  • Decrease power/thrust - nose down

Lift

  • Angle of Attack and airspeed

Power + Attitude = Performance

(RPM) + (horizon vs windscreen) = S&L

 

Aircraft Management:

Controls

  • Smooth movement 

Cruise rpm

  • 4800 rpm (Rotax 912) 

Fuel Management

  • Pre-flight

T's & P's 

  • Green & normal 

VFR

  • Orientation

Airmanship:

LOOKOUT

  • Blind spots 

Situational awareness 

  • Training area boundaries 

IMSAFE

Control handover

Exercise:

Select Ref point on horizon

Select Ref altitude

Instructor:

Demo S&L

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