The crazy guy flying the gyrocopter is back! I haven’t seen him in over a year.

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He’s making the best use of his time off!

I really don’t know much about him. I do know he shares a hangar at KREG with another gyro pilot. Between them, they have at least five gyros hiding in there. I saw it when it was open and I was trying to get checked out in a Cherokee so I had a local plane to rent. The fellow with the nicer gyroplanes crashed on takeoff that day, so I didn’t get a chance to visit with him about their aircraft. Oh, don’t worry, he was ok.

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So, what is the other guy flying? I’m not sure. What I do know is that it’s an open-cockpit design like the Honeybee.

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It’s hardly more than a lawn chair, engine and rotor attached to an open frame. This fellow has been flying roughly the same route for years and it takes him over my house. When I hear him, I go outside to wave and he circles around me at least a couple of times.

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One day I will get the chance to shake his hand. Maybe it will be a wave from 6 feet instead of 400.

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