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Jeffrey Boyd
May 14, 2022
In Hirth F23 Engine
I did my first flight today and it went well, was nervous but the Nano took care of me. The takeoff was about 4 out of 10, things happen so fast, it is pretty amazing. The landing was about 8 out of 10, floated down like a butterfly. I didn't video this flight, I will video flights going forward, hoping tomorrow I can go again. I will still stay around the pattern and practice controlling my speed/altitudes better, I was pretty much a mess today. The control inputs needed are "very" light, way different from what I learned on where you had to horse the controls around, the Nano so much easier. The things I would recommend doing before flying your Nano: Practice w/o the blades on, get up to temp, apply brake and get up to 2500rpm and let brake go for 1 or 2 seconds to feel how fast it launches. My first 2 attempts stunk as I wasn't prepared for how quickly the Nano wants to go. Pedals - keep them straight/level - My first 2 attempts during prerotation I must have pushed a little left and didn't notice and when I let go, it darted to the left and freaked me out. The 2nd attempt was worse and I went into the grass then after talking with Lukas and Dale they guessed as to what I was doing and I agree with them. So....the last thing I do now before disengaging the rotor brake is to look at my feet to make sure I will launch straight....very important. Landing - right before touchdown, I also looked at my feet to make sure I was straight/level. Lukas mentioned with more flight time you will get a feel for it and it will just be automatic, I am clearly not to that point yet :) prerotation, have stick all the way back after 100-140rotor rpm (light wind 100, 10mph wind after 140 rotor rpm) This takes a lot of the weight off the front wheel, you can see the front kinda bouncing when stick is all the way back. This will help if you don't have your pedals level, just make it a point to always look at your feet before releasing brake. This might have saved my first 2 attempts. Clearly I am not an instructor and these are just a few things that I would have done before my first launch attempt. I will talk more about this in the next few flying videos in more detail. For the videos, if anyone has any suggestions on topics/ things you would like to know etc, please post or email me, I will do my best to cover them all in future flights that I record.
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Jeffrey Boyd
May 13, 2022
In Hirth F23 Engine
I believe I ordered this measuring device off Amazon because it had a screw on lid which I thought was a good idea. It has an 8oz marking so I was using that and based on the 32 oz of Bluemax I was thinking I was going to get 4 uses per bottle / 20 gallons of fuel. After the first 2 8oz measurements it was pretty clear to me that I wasn't going to get 4 full 8oz servings. I went to Walmart and bought a small digital kitchen scale and zeroed with my measuring device on it and poured in until it read 8 "fluid" oz whatever that means and it was 9oz on my measuring device. I reached out to Matt (Semi retired Hirth guy) and asked if I was doing something wrong, the attached document is his write up on how he does it. I might try his marking of the bluemax bottle and see how that goes. He said the measuring device I am using is slightly higher mix than 80:1 which is fine by me, rather have a tad more .vs. not enough and damage the engine. I can say the Bluemax oil is pretty thick and not all pours out of my measuring device, even with a small rubber spatula I cannot get it all so I am guessing I am very close to the true 80:1 mark. Figured I would share the info.
Blue Max mixing info content media
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Jeffrey Boyd
Apr 23, 2022
In NANO General Discussion
With the weather improving in Michigan I decided to figure out how to install the rotor blades by myself just in case....I had a Plan A and B and ended up getting it to work with D. The first blade was pretty easy, just taking my time not to force anything (learned my lesson). The 2nd blade more specifically the last bolt was by far the hardest. I purchased one of those roller things (can see in background of one of the pics below) but it wasn't tall enough for the last blade so I ended up using an adjustable ladder. The prerotator pumps are on the right so it leans over so I tied off the stick for the first blade to the left seat belt to keep the stick centered best as possible, then after first blade installed the stick is all the way forward and I used the left rudder pedal. Once I do this several more times I will get faster at it and could video if anyone thinks that will help. I think I can get it done in 20 minutes after a few more goes at it. Top pic is the first blade, 2nd pic is 2nd blade first bold (inside bolt first is easier IMO) then last pic is how high you need to get blade to align with last hole. DO NOT force, hammer, kick, punch bolts, with bolts greased up and aligned properly they WILL slide in easy, trust me. I had to keep adding height to ladder to get it just right, I will make something more elegant vs the bubble wrap, cover to rotor blades and a 2x2 to achieve the correct height. Hope this helps, post any questions or suggestions, I will do my best to answer.
Installing blades by yourself, doable!!! content media
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Jeffrey Boyd
Apr 21, 2022
In Hirth F23 Engine
See attached, sorry for the delay
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Jeffrey Boyd
Mar 21, 2022
In General Maintenance
My replacement bolt(s) from Fusioncopter are stuck in Germany, fedex delay....Fusioncopter provided me the details on bolt and I was able to find a supplier here in the states. below is website and part description/number in case anyone needs a replacement down the road. Please contact me first as I ordered 4 and Fusioncopter sent me 4 and I only need 1. mcmaster.com Alloy Steel Shoulder Screws 10 mm Shoulder Diameter, 80 mm Shoulder Length, M8 x 1.25 mm Thread 92981A310 I should have tomorrow and will get hole drilled in bolts for safety pin at a machine shop. I hope to be in the air soon!
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Jeffrey Boyd
Mar 08, 2022
In Hirth Engine Maintenance
See attached
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Jeffrey Boyd
Mar 08, 2022
In Hirth Engine Maintenance
See attached
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Jeffrey Boyd
Mar 08, 2022
In Hirth F23 Engine
See attached for folks that have the Fuel Injection option
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Jeffrey Boyd
Mar 08, 2022
In Hirth F23 Engine
Attached is a write up from Matt (semi-retired Hirth guy with 30 years of Hirth knowledge)
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Jeffrey Boyd
Mar 08, 2022
In Hirth F23 Engine
When I was at Oshkosh the US rep was turning the business over to someone else and going into semi-retirement. Matt was the main guy for 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge. He still provides technical support for the new group. When he was in charge, he had a friend that worked in an Oil lab and he had a blind test done with many different 2 stroke oils. BlueMax came back as the best and what he recommends to use for Hirth engines. Anyone with 30 years of knowledge with a certain engine get my vote of confidence. You can order the oil from him, below are the details. Recreational Power Engineering - Hirth Engines - Tiffin, Ohio - Factory Authorized US Distributor (recpower.com) RPE@bpsom.com = email, ph 419.585.7002 3+ gallon orders are the cheapest and they come in 32oz bottles. The mix is 8oz per 5 gallons of fuel.
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Jeffrey Boyd
Mar 07, 2022
In NANO General Discussion
While Fusioncopter was here, they shared several apps they often use. I downloaded them and they are useful for sure, the best part they are free. App names: Windy (big picture of wind patterns) AeroWeather (ATIS for nearby airports) Avare (sectionals) Geo Tracker (track your flights). What other tools does anybody else use?
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Jeffrey Boyd
Jan 22, 2022
In General Maintenance
Exciting news, Fusioncopter is flying out on 2/18 to swap out my engine!!! Below is a list of tools needed for the swap out and most of them will be needed to assemble your nano. We will be doing it near my Dale Hollow vacation home at the Monticello airport EKQ if anyone wants to swing by and see a Nano up close. The *** ones are needed for Nano assembly. The other ones will just be for me and my engine replacement. ***set of allen keys (including 1,5;3;6;8mm) ***set of flat wrenches (including 2x10, 2x13, 12, 11, 8, 7mm) - flat and cross screwdrivers also precise set - pliers, cutting pliers, - set of small files - set of drills and cordless screwdriver would be helpful ***loctite 243 - CA glue and activator - do you have a pliers for safety wire? *** small rattle key with set of socked wrenches will be helpfull - zip ties in veriable sizes ***torque wrench with spark plugs socket (16mm)
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Jeffrey Boyd
Jan 19, 2022
In NANO General Discussion
What/where have you been able to find any type of Gyro, specifically Nano insurance? Full coverage I am guessing it out of the question, but what about Liability? Please share anything thing you might have found in the past. I know at Oshkosh when I was speaking with the Autogyro folks, they had to form a club because full coverage insurance on a Cavalon was 12,000 bucks, ouch!
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Jeffrey Boyd
Nov 24, 2021
In Training
Here are some more trainers I found while setting up my Facebook account. Link: Gyroplane Flight Instruction | Peach State Rotorcraft I listed all the ones except the traveling ones (3 of them) on my Maps page.
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Jeffrey Boyd
Oct 15, 2021
In Hirth F23 Engine
The attached write up came from a Hirth guy on his thoughts about Fuel Injection and Oil Injection
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Jeffrey Boyd
Jul 10, 2021
In Hirth Engine Maintenance
Attached is the Minari manual and has a ton of great information 50hp owners will need IMO.
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Jeffrey Boyd
Jul 10, 2021
In General Maintenance
Per the manual the proper tire pressure is 44 PSI for all 3 wheels. Figure I would post little things like this so people can search for it if they don't have their manual handy.
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Jeffrey Boyd
Jul 08, 2021
In Maintenance Pictures/Videos
My tube got a puncture and I picked buy new tube option .vs. patching. I bought 2 so I had a backup, I think it was 16 bucks. Tools needed, 8mm socket and 4mm allen to remove nut in pick below, safety pin removed, not in pic below. 1.5mm allen to remove set screw in pic below behind the nut (1 on each side). Gently pull front fork apart so you can slide tire out. I happen to ride bikes and already had the little tools to assist in getting tire off/on. Off you don't need, on, it makes it easier. Or you can just have your local bike shop do it when you go buy the tube. Tube size 16" 1.50-2.25 if you order online .vs. taking to bike shop. If you plan on doing yourself, a bike tech recommended inflating the tube some so nothing gets pinched which can cause another puncture down the road. Place tube inside tire, get rim with stem hole lined up and insert rim. work the bead around on 1 side, and the other side is where the little tire tool comes in handy. They are cheap, would be a good idea to buy and learn how to use in case your out flying and catch a flat, you can fix and keep on flying. Hopefully this helps.
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Jeffrey Boyd
Jul 06, 2021
In Hirth F23 Engine
FlyFocus Electronic Flight Instrumentation Manual
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Jeffrey Boyd
Jul 04, 2021
In NANO Announcements / Bulletins
I put it together with several helpers, pretty straight forward. I am having a friend piece together video and pics of the assembly. I will share when I can. The box is pretty huge and was the biggest pain in the process. But it protected the Nano and did its job.
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