Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18218654
That is a cool video. Being able to do air-to-air shooting is on my bucket list, but probably will not be fulfilled.
It shouldn't be all that hard to setup. There are flight schools (both fixed and rotary wing) all over the country. Call your local one and explain what you'd like to do. I spoke with one helicopter flight school a few weeks back and they said it wouldn't be a problem to try, as long as there was thorough pre-flight briefing between the pilots. They may even be able to find you a subject if you don't have anything to specific in mind.
I'm planning on trying it a few times in the Spring
BigAl007 wrote in post #18218496
I guess from your posts that you are into the experimentals, and also gyrocopters. I was lucky enough to get to meet the late Wing Commander Ken Wallis a couple of times, as he was based locally to me. I also saw him demonstrate Little Nelly at some airshows in the 1970's and 80's. The only aircraft I have ever seen that would in good conditions land itself completely hands and feet off the controls, and with no autoland system. such an inherently stable aircraft, and cutting power slowly just has it gently descend. When my son was about 8 he got to sit in Little Nelly at a local village fete, which as a James Bond film fan he loved, and Ken was great with the kids. He came to give a talk to the Air Training Corps Squadron that I used to instruct with, which was one of the best attended events we had, he had a very interesting life. It is a shame that the autogyro has such a low popularity in the light/popular or even wider flying community. I almost met Barnes Wallace too, but unfortunately he passed away before the event where I would have meet him. As an engineer I am as interested in the greats of aviation engineering as in the aircraft themselves.
I am into pretty much anything out of the ordinary. Odd Airplanes (my favorite is the BV-141), unusual experimentals, pretty much all gyroplanes, uncommon helicopters (primarily Kaman and Kamov).
That's really cool that you met Ken Wallis. From my reading he had some of the best flying gyroplanes, but wouldn't sell his aircraft to the public (I forget his reasoning).
As another engineer here, I'm also into the greats designers of the aerospace industry. I have an original copy of Juan De La Cierva's (inventor of the autogyro) book "Wings of Tomorrow", the book on Joe Sutter (cheif engineer of the 747), a great book on Al Mooney "The Al Mooney Story They All Fly Through the Same Air", a book on the less well know Fred Weick (designer of the Ercoupe, renown aerodynamics on propellor theory, designer of what we know think of as the classic "ag airplane"), Richard Vogt's Book "Weltumspannende Memoiren eines Flugzeugkonstrukteurs" (designer of the BV-141 which I swear I'll translate someday", "Kaman Our Early Years", and the list keeps going on.
It's a fascinating industry and I love being able to be a part of it in my day-job.
Constructive criticism is always appreciated.