Discussion in 'Other Rec Aircraft' started by fly_tornado, Apr 17, 2015.
this is different
AT LAST a pic of a gyro with "proper" wheels
Looks straight out of a Indiana Jones movie.
Interesting reading winsor.
I couldn't spot a MTOW figure but with 150 horses it should perform reasonably good.
The seats ooze a look of luxury Although they also hint that it belongs to a highish price bracket.
All in all I'm impressed (did I mention the nice looking wheels)
Wonder if you can "run-up" the rotor?
Is this compulsory on gyro's?
When adverts mention connections to "Formula 1 construction" and keywords such as "craftsmanship" ect, you know not to ask the price.
looks expensve notice the carbon fibre windscreen frame and leather paneling
It's almost there... just need to remove the entire rear fuselage and extend it, then add a couple of wings.
Do my eyes deceive? That ASI looks like it has a green band to at least 140 Kts.
It is indeed a thing of beauty to the eye.
It certainly is beautiful. They've done a good job of incorporating all the signals of British luxury - the racing green, timber dash, leather interior the same colour as the chairs in the gentleman's clubs, hand-stitched leather joystick reminiscient of a Spitfire's, even the model/company rep strolling around in aristocrat hunting gear. The look of the website is very 1930's too, all Art Deco style. (Yes before any smartass gets on my case, I know there were no websites around in the 1930's...)
Anyway all very well done and I can see them selling a few to "Toad of Toad Hall" types, but given there's no mention of price anywhere I think it'd be beyond your average aspirational pilot's budget.
It actually looks to be green up to 160 ...........wow
Another site gives the price as around 80,000 GBP ex VAT. Don't know where they got it from.
Not sure if VAT is payable on export goods but if it is, that's 96,000 GBP ($185,000) before it leaves the factory. Add your shipping and import costs and you probably won't get much change out of a quarter million. Think I'd prefer a Spitfire for that.
Here is the older "Pitbull", I do not know if related or not.
Seems to me the Bulldog's large low mass surface area, due to the large rotor supporting boom, aft of the main gear, may provide a large lever arm in crosswinds while taking off and landing making things a bit tricky?
Beautiful looking aircraft, but it's kinda strange that the there's not a single pic on their website of it in flight... It does actually fly does it?
That's what I don't like about it. It's obvious that they have everything going through that rear boom purely for looks. From an engineering viewpoint it'd be much stronger to have a strut either side of the cockpit, forming a triangle (or triangular pyramid) at the rotor attachment.
But I suppose then it wouldn't have that immediate "wow" factor.
" running up "..... Not a compulsory requirement.....Oz, anyway.
Probably a fiberglass mockup and they are waiting for the first order to pay for the first real craft. Not a method I agree with but common.
It's a smart move Bex, display the aircraft before you start flight testing it. If the aircraft is damaged in testing you still can salvage something from your project.
Don't you think that underneath those fairings over the boom there would be some sort of boom, possibly somewhat pyrimidoidal in shape but with curved longitudinal members joined by short straight connectors. Since it is a two seater, with a 125kg engine, would you guess its MTOW at something in the 600 - 750 kg range? If so, then the rotor boom would probably be engineered to handle loads of 1500 - 2000 kg. I think an internally braced boom could do that.
From a report in AERO magazine:
However, the Bulldog’s rotor is mounted on a cantilever boom that also serves as fin and incorporates the rudder. As this sets the rotor hub well away from the engine, the run-up system has been made hydraulic.
The same article says that the autogyro is due to fly later this year.
Apparently, the price suggested comes in under the expected price of a well equipped autogyro. Apparently the company's manufacturing facility has not been completed as of mid-April 2015. Rumour has it that four have been ordered. Probably a niche market, but I'd love to nick into it!
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