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Taxiing

Aim:

To manoeuvre the gyro safely on the ground, with and without rotors turning, at an appropriate speed, and stopping at nominated points.

Considerations:

Speed Control

Power

  • Throttle
    • Hand operated
    • Push forward to increase power 
    • Pull back to decrease power 
    • Controls Engine power and thrust
  • More power - more thrust - faster groundspeed
  • Less power - less thrust - slower groundspeed 

Inertia 

  • Start-off         
    • increase power
  • After start-off
    • decrease power
  • Moving       
    • power or brake
    • fast walking pace
  • Stop           
    • Nose wheel straight
    • Close throttle
    • Apply brakes
     

Surfaces

  • Smooth, draggy, rough, wet or dry

Slopes 

  • Uphill, downhill

Turning 

  • Dynamic rollover

Wind 

  • Headwind, tailwind

 

Directional Control 

  • Pedals 
    • Nose wheel 
    • Rudder/Slipstream 
    • Push left pedal - nose turns left
    • Push right pedal - nose turns right
  • Differential brakes
    • Tighten turn radius
  • Cross wind
    • Weathercocking
     
  • Camber

Control Positioning

  • Blades turning     
    • stick forward and into wind 
  • Blades stationary - depending on type
    • stick fwd or
    • stick back
     

Aircraft Management: 

  • Avoid using power and brake together
  • Throttle and Stick 
    • Grip
    • Smooth operation
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