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SCAPA Dinner, Meeting & Presentation

Join us for the monthly gathering of the South County Airport Pilots Association. We are a friendly and diverse group of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, and guests are welcome! We start gathering at 5:30 PM, serve dinner at 6 ($15 members, $20 non-members, Guests Welcome!), hold a speedy association business meeting at 6:45, and the speaker presentation kicks off at 7 PM.

What is a Gyroplane?

The Air and Space 18A is one of only three gyroplanes to have received an FAA Standard Airworthiness Certificate since the Second World War. Designed in the late 1950s - early 1960s, the Air and Space 18A was the brainchild of fertilizer manufacturer and distributor Ray Umbaugh who considered gyroplanes an ideal, inexpensive means of increasing the efficiency of his sales force.

Join us to hear Presenter Jean-Pierre Harrison explore the history of this unique aircraft!

The gyroplane is the predecessor of the helicopter, having first flown successfully in 1923 in Madrid. Development shifted to the United Kingdom in 1926 and resulted in laying the technical foundation for all rotary-wing aircraft. The gyroplane was superseded by the helicopter during the course of the Second World War and all subsequent efforts, with a few exceptions, have been directed to powered-rotor aircraft.

This presentation includes information on the design, construction, aerodynamic characteristics, operational idiosyncrasies, and the techniques and knowledge required of the pilot to safely operate the Air and Space 18A in airspace filled, usually, with fixed wing airplanes.  Rotary wing aircraft operations at GA airports will also be presented to raise awareness of fixed wing pilots on how to coexist with rotary wing pilots.  Transitioning to a gyroplane, or gyrocopter by another term is significantly more responsive and maneuverable than its fixed wing counterpart. Pilots will be better prepared to know what to expect. A close-up inspection of the aircraft has been arranged for those interested.

Jean-Pierre Harrison has been studying the development of rotary-wing aircraft since the mid-1980s and has written extensively on the subject. He holds FAA CPL and CFI certificates in gyroplanes as well as several pilot and CFI certificates in fixed wing aircraft. He also holds a BS in Computer Science and currently works with the supercomputing group at NASA Ames.

This presentation has been approved for FAA Wings credit - sign up here!

Join us on Tuesday, July 8th!

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