Very, Very rarely flown single seat gyros flown in the U.K. - seldom, if ever, now flown.

The Skyraider

Dave Beevers test flying the Skyraider

Dave Beevers test flying the Skyraider

Designed and built by Jeff Hoyle in the UK, this is another fairly recent, promising British design which never got beyond the test flying stage. According to Dave it handled and performed very well, and was "very,very quiet". There is always talk/hope that there will be another attempt at getting this aircraft into kit production, but steering it through the unreal demands of the UK authorities is for masochists only these days! It is powered by an Arrow 500 2cylinder, 2stroke engine.


The Scott Mk II

Vic Scott's Scott Mk 2

The Scott Mk II was designed and built by UK Gyro Inspector and pilot Vic Scott. Unfortunately it is another aircraft which has not made it through the UK's red tape yet! Hopefully this aircraft might move out of the 'seldom flown' class, but at the time of writing this it had only accumulated 25 hours flight time and Vic was reluctantly going to sell it. The basic frame is designed around the Cricket gyro, but with a raised and much wider pod (nacelle) and a horizontal stabilizer. The engine is a Subaru EA 81 with a 3 bladed Warp Drive propeller. Rotor used in testing has been an original set of 23 ft Rotordynes. Ken Brock control stick, independant brakes, sprung nosewheel. A very comfortable cross country machine.


The Brooklands Hornet

The late Chris Julian flying a Brooklands Hornet

Mike Goldring's Hornet

2 photos of the Brooklands Hornet

The gyro in the top photo ( G-PHIL ) , seen here being flown by Chris Julian is a VW 1600cc

instructor Mike Goldring's Hornet ( G-MIKE ) is a VW 1834cc


The Fewsdale Tigercraft Mosquito Mk2

The Fewsdale Tigercraft Mosquito Mk2

Very closely related to The Brooklands Hornet shown above - VW engined.


The WHE (or Ekin) Airbuggy

the WHE Airbuggy in flight.

- detailed text on these photos should appear as soon as I have some spare time !


The McCandless M4

the McCandless M4

Virtually the same as the Ekin Airbuggy shown above (see text below) - first registered in 1961. VW 1500cc.

The text below was kindly supplied by Peter Lovegrove, designer of the Campbell Cricket and until recently the Engineering Officer of the British Rotorcraft Association - he still advises!

The McCandless/Ekin Gyroplanes

After briefly possessing a Campbell-Bensen B8Mc, Mr McCandless (well known for his innovative space-frames for racing motorcycles) designed and built his own gyroplane.

Not surprisingly for a man of his background and interests, it used round-section steel tubes rather than the common aluminium-alloy square tubes.

Whilst the machine was, in general, able to give a pretty good performance, it had - and surviving models still have - one very serious defect. Apparently, Mr McCandless did not understand that the masts on these ultralight gyroplanes are required to flex in order to absorb the "two per rev" pulsations of drag developed by the rotor assembly in normal flight as it rotates from a position broadside on to it. Depending upon the type of rotor in use, these forces can be of the order of 50 to 120lb (220-530N).

If the mast is unable to flex fairly freely over its upper length, these large oscillatory forces are applied to the rotor itself, giving rise to enormous fatigue stresses. When Bill Ekin later obtained the manufacturing rights to the McCandless machines and began to do some fairly extensive flying with one of them, he soon found his rotor-blades had developed cracks across the chord near the roots of the blades. Given a little longer flying time, it was clear that one or both blades would have broken off completely, probably with fatal results.

The machine had four substantial steel tubes forming the pylon and this assembly, whilst incredibly strong, was almost totally inflexible, at least in terms which we require.

I always fancied flying one of these - but now, perhaps not!!


Barnett J4B

a Barnett J4B in its hangar


Apart from the top one, all the photographs of aircraft shown in this page (gyro5a) were kindly provided by Roger Light who has the most amazing photographic/details records of every gyro that has ever existed in the UK - far better than the CAA's own records! If you would like details of any British gyros he has told me that you would be welcome to contact him at 28 Empress Drive, Heaton Norris, Stockport, SK4 2RW, UK. Telephone +44 (0)161 432 7437.


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