There Are Good And Affordable Times to Be Had Under A Free-Wheeling Rotor!!!
Everyone in aviation loves the concept of flight… even more so when that concept doesn’t mean having to mortgage your house. Some of the most affordable flying, mind you, can be had if you care to partake of the delights inherent in the latest generation of sport gyroplanes… a breed of aircraft that evolved very nicely since the esteemed Dr. Igor Bensen popularized the critters with the original Bensen Gyrocopter.
ANN is ALWAYS on the lookout for a cool new flying machine… and few places paid off, in that regard, as well as our visit to the annual PRA Fly-In in Indiana. Every year, the most dedicated fans of sport rotorcraft journey to a sleepy little airport in a small town in Indiana, by the name of Mentone. The town hosts a pretty neat little airport that, among it many claims to fame, is the home of the Popular Rotorcraft Association and a dynamite yearly rotorcraft gathering that gets its buzz on right after Oshkosh.
There, we took a solid look at the latest iteration of the HoneyBee gyro series. Available in both experimental as well as ultralight versions, the honeyBee G2 also has a two-place cousin for those who want some company while their rotor beat the air into submission. The Ultralight version of the HoneyBee G2 draws from the success of the Original HoneyBee Gyro designed by Jim Fields and Dr. Ralph Taggart, the designer of the Gyrobee. Using the parameters of the original aircraft Aeroworks Int’l has been able to create a lighter, better looking and better handling gyroplane that is specifically designed for those who want to fly ultralight gyroplanes.
The Experimental version of the HoneyBee G2 is engineered for the single-place gyro builder who wants a great looking aircraft, that is easy to build, that offers a wide variety of engine and finishing options and is one they can grow with and personalize. Because this frame was conjured from their Two-Place Tandem frame, this aircraft is engineered to carry more fuel, heavier payloads, go longer distances and provide the best in single-place gyroplane experiences. With a Useful Load of over 600#’s, this aircraft allows for heavier pilots, cargo saddlebags, trips, camping excursions all while retaining the traditional great handling qualities that the HoneyBee has been known for. The differences between the Ultralight and the Experimental versions of the HoneyBee G2 are Heavier Tubing In The Overall Construction, Heavy Duty Landing Gear, Heavy Duty Tail Bracing, Heavy Duty Main Gear, Larger Fuel Tanks, Larger Two Stroke & Four Stroke Engine Options, Glass Panel Instrument Options, More Powerful, Stronger Pre-Rotator System, Wider Chord Blades, Lighting Options, Wind Screen Options, and Enclosure Ready (When Available).
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