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StanFoster

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  1. I had yo build my Helicycle, and have enjoyed flying it four years now.
  2. Tradford- I love feeling your enthusiasm for the Mosquito or a Helicycle. The Mosquito is a nice helicopter, but in my opinion is no comparison to the Helicycle. I have been flying my Helicycle for 3.5 years now and it has very minimal maintenance. It is built like a tractor. Sure, it sucks fuel but I can fly 150 miles easily. I would not have a screaming 2 stroke keeping my butt in the air. The Mosquito does excellent auto rotations, and so does the Helicycle. Each has its advantages, but my decision wasn't even tempted by a Mosquito.....I built my Helicycle and it has taken me on many cross country trips and always returned me back without incident. I heard similar testimonies from many other Helicycles owners when I was considering which to buy. Stan
  3. Cburg- Thanks. I tried to accurately record my speeds at the same density altitude. I also averaged my GPS groundspeed into and with the wind. I gained over 4 mph with the landing gear fairings and another 3 mph with the swashplate, side and belly fairings. Total was over 7 mph increase. I can tell it as it feels slippery. My top end before the streamlining was 112 mph. Now I can get it over 119 mph. I still cruise around 100-105, but I do it with less collective and kerosene. Love reading about your 269. Nice ship and have fun! Stan
  4. Tradford- I have wanted to build and fly my own helicopter for 30 years. I first saw a Scorpion that B.J. Schramm designed....but they had a lot of issues...and not enough power. I wasn't fond of the long belt going back to the TR. Then there are the Rotorways....which I heard too much maintenance per hour.....just wasn't interested in them. But in 2002 I saw Doug Schwocherts new Helicycle with the Solar T62 turbine engine in it ...and I was hooked. I made a promise to myself to evaluate this ship for 5 years....let them get most of the bugs out of it....upgrades..etc.....plus talk to many of the pilots. I found almost all were having excellent results....and when I would mention maintenance.....there just isn't much to do to them. Nothing like finding out for myself....so I was convinced it would be a good experience and I ordered my kit and received the first shipment in Feb 2008. I was flying it September 1st 2010, and have enjoyed almost 3.5 years in it now. I have had extremely minor maintenance to it..... The single biggest problem I have had took 2 hours to fix. One of my elastomeric bearings was dragging and needed the castle nut loosened a partial flat. This moves the rotorblade out a few thousandths...so I had to do the same procedure to the other blade. Its has never let me down on all my cross country flights......I did have two flameouts in my first 6 months of flying...which turned out to be nothing but my low idle stop screw was set too low.....and if I was pulling a lot of power...and dropped the collective....the fuel control arm would go to idle and suck itself out of fuel. Turn of a screw and I have tried to make it quit with no success.....so I have been happily flying this thing since.
  5. Flying pig.....I love to hover taxi, and didn't want to just cowboy across the airport like a cowboy.
  6. Mike- Typical is more normal temperatures....50 to 80 degrees. That's when its usually around 10 degrees of pitch to HIGE. I do not have a torque meter, but the machine is designed to have the belts to start slipping around 100 horsepower. Aeroscout- That's fine if its mundane to you....but you aren't the one flying it anyway. This machine was a very rewarding to build....then fly.....and continually to modify. Mundane means to lack excitement...or be ordinary. Neither of those will never apply to me. How ordinary is flying a helicopter built by your own hands? It is the most excitement of any machine I have ever flown.
  7. I have enjoyed flying my Helicycle for almost 3.5 years now, and fly year round here in Illinois. My weather extremes have been from 4 degrees F to 104 degrees F. I have a laser mounted on my collective that shows exactly how many degrees of collective pitch my rotor blades are at. Typically it takes 10 degrees of collective to HIGE and 11 degrees to HOGE. The 104 degree day, I loaded my butt and full fuel just to see how it would perform. It took 11 degrees of pitch to HIGE and around 12 degrees to HOGE. It still had plenty of power and I was no wears near max TOT even flying at 110 mph in it. Well yesterday the temps were negative 15 F......and I wanted to see how it performed. I entered the following in a density altitude calculator....-15 F 30.44 barometric pressure -25 dewpoint 750 ASL......and came up with a density altitude of a negative 5000 feet! Super charged air for sure and I could sure feel it pulling my Helicycle outside. I lit the turbine and after warm up....lifted to a hover and saw my rotor blades only need 9 degrees of pitch HIGE and 10 degrees HOGE. I flew for a while and it was a very beautiful flight flying over the recent 5 inch snow we had. If you go to YouTube and look up HelicyclePilot....you will see the latest videos I have just uploaded.
  8. I had a friend just send this video of my Helicycle that I was unaware of him even taking it. I had just flown 120 miles from Illinois and was hover taxiing out to the active runway at Rochester, Indiana. This is off another forum and you have to scroll down to the bottom of the link to see the video. http://www.rotaryforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=37032 Stan Foster Illinois
  9. I admit that I never have really enjoyed flying that high in anything. I like to see the ground moving under me. 95% of my Helicycle flying is below 300 feet. Stan
  10. Here is the arrival after coming down from above the clouds.
  11. I hadnt flown for almost a week....so I took my Helicycle out for a flight not having any mission in mind. I noticed the cloud deck about 4000 feet up.....nice and broken....so I went up on top.....5700 asl. Took this short video........and then did a deorbit burn and landed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzm9hGCj2Kk&list=UUXZAO9NlkN9JZrM_c1hmdoQ&index=1
  12. It comes with a POH. A 220 pound pilot can easily haul 20 pounds of extras with full fuel. I weigh 225 and have hauled that much on over 100 degrees temps. A 180 pound pilot could of course haul another 40 pounds. However there isnt much place to store stuff. I have a compartment under my seat that can haul some clothes...tools...but nothing major. I strap on a dufffel bag when going on a cross country for 4-5 days. S
  13. Ask David Lyons from Baton Rouge. David bought a Helicycle to get get his turbine time in so he could land an offshore helicopter job. He put over 1100 hours on it in less than 2 years. He at the age of 46 has the job of his lifetime. He got hired last year and loves it..
  14. Here are some videos from the PRA.....Popular Rotorcraft Association ...held every year at Mentone, Indiana. I fly my Helicycle over from Illinois each year. If you scroll down to the last video....someone posted a video of myself doing a quick stop and departure at Mentone.....followed by over 50 hot dogs being cooked for the delight of the crowd...off my turbine exhaust. They were really good! http://www.pra.org/default.aspx?p=Mentone2012Vids&i=72 Stan Foster Illinois
  15. Ryan- I head about the incident last night. The Helicycle guys are connected. Seems he had a rare sputtering with his turbine...but of course many things could cause that.....algae....etc.... I googled earthed the place where he landed....and it was a solid residential area...wires...trees....etc. Its amazing he kept it up right. Probably didnt have the option of having airspeed to flare...but had to pancake it in....in my opinion. Stan
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