Just before everybody moans...
We have started the Test Flight Program last week.
Proving Flight Authority recieved last week Thursday.
Performed the Static runs up to full power. Smooth deep growl, wonderfull sound.
Performed the taxi tests and brake tests. Differential braking on this machine is very effective, easy to steer on the grass and very stable on the runway. Passed the acceleration and brake tests at 42 MPH.
Wheel balancing was easy, pitch inertia helped a lot. Rudder authority is very good and it was easy to steer left - right while balanced on mains.
First hops down the runway proceeded without any challenges. We had cross wind of 10 gusting over 15 knots at times and the rudder - castering nosewheel setup made it a walk in the park.
First flights was on Monday morning, enjoyable....
Tuesday she flew to Wagtail to improve the Rotor balance and to we also visited Parys for lunch.
Overall a very enjoyable and comfortable machine. The VP works easy and makes a huge notable difference to the engine rpm at cruise.
From the ground the feeling is that she sounds completely different than "normal" gyro's, the engine/prop noise is significantly less and the engine sounds as if it is running lower rpm. 2-blade prop versus 3-blade prop and the tip vortex from the 2-blade is also well addressed by the small "winglet" at the tip. I think the shape of the tail boom might also help to reduce the noise.
She has now completed over 8 hours of the required 25 hours.
Keep an eye out for her the rest of the holidays, she will visist all the fields in the area....just to test them out...
Overall, a really impressive machine.
The canopy seals very good and there is no wind noise in the cockpit, even took the headset and the noise is actually not bad.