I'm amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that's both educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I found this in my hunt for something regarding this.
Stanley Oliver Nesbitt, e-mail, 16.09.2009 23:58
I hope to try out the concept of a man powered autogyro and am on the look out for design ideas. From the photograph it appears that the pedals drive a step up gear box connected to a drive shaft with a chain drive to the pusher propeller, these parts missing. Presumably such a small propeller would need to be driven at a high rpm to achieve sufficient forward speed to turn the rotor. I would opt to use some of the drive to rotate the rotor through an over run clutch. When I make further progress, I will report back.
Dave Barrett, e-mail, 13.03.2008 16:18
Hi Peter, sry I dont have any photos :-(. I saw the cyclogyroplane at weston just last week and was captured by the concept of a pedal powered gyro. I would like to mail you to discuss - dbarrett91@tiscali-co-uk (Replace - with .). Did any of the 3 gyros achieve pedal powered flight; did you actually see that? I would love to know, and may be pick up on his good work. Regards, Dave.
peter bedson, e-mail, 12.12.2007 23:14
Hi there,i am interested in this machine as it was built & flown by my grandfather herbert watkinson.As a teenager i spent many happy saturdays travelling to many airfields in & around sussex with him & the machine strapped to the roof rack of his hillman super minx car.The looks we got as we drove to & fro were a picture!One of my jobs was to take 8mm cine film of our flying antics.We tried many times to get it to fly & to prove that it could as a concept ,fly,we used to tow it along behind the car on a very long line of parachute line often along tangmere main runway with me sitting at the back of the car to film if it should fly.Well it did & i was so excited i forgot to run the cine!I have many fond boyhood memories but unfortunatly that is all they are as the scrapbook & photos of him & the machine were lent to mike the last pilot who tragicaly was killed flying helicopters to the north sea oil rigs.If any one has infomation or photos i would love to hear.Recently having heard that CG4 was at weston we had a family pilgramage there & to my surprise thr spotty teenager in the photo with it was me!Regards Peter