Saturday, 1 May 2010

I still need convincing

I was going to say that I like aviation, but it would be more accurate to say that I love flying. I've done a bit of gliding, a (little) bit of microlighting, a bit of twin flying, some helicopter flying and a fair chunk of single-engine piston flying. I've even taken a dozen or so hot air balloon rides, but I've never been in a gyrocopter.

I know that I should try it, I know that the MT-03 is a decent-looking, well-engineered aircraft and that its Rotax 912 pushes it along at a decent speed for a gyro, without making the same noise that you get from the Subaru-engined machines, but, well, to be honest, I just don't get the concept.

They may be faster now, but if it's speed you need then there's better. They may land in next to no distance, but if you really need that much STOL capability then you need a helicopter. They offer open cockpit fun, but there's plenty of aircraft that do that, and quite a few of them also offer aeros. So just what do they offer?

Judging by the queues at Popham, they appeal to a lot of people, so I guess I'm missing something - perhaps it's just 'because they're there'?
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