Lone Star Rotorcraft Club

Books

We are Chapter 62 of the Popular RotorCraft Association, located in Houston, Texas.

The Gyroplane Flight Manual 

bulletby Paul Bergen Abbott
For gyrocopters and sport gyroplanes.  This is the most widely-read book in the world on light gyroplanes and gyrocopters. It tells what gyros are like, how they fly, how to learn to fly one. Describes the flight characteristics, discusses frankly the risks and safety of these aircraft. It's interesting, easy reading for both the beginner and the veteran gyroplane pilot. Over 100 pages, many photos.

 

bulletRetail price $19.95 plus $3.00 per order shipping and handling ($8.00 shipping outside USA).
bulletVisit the publisher's website for more info or to order online.
bulletOr order by telephone with VISA/MasterCard to 24-hour recorder at (317) 815-0544.
bulletOr mail check or money order to: The Abbott Company, P. O. Box 1121, Camel, IN 46032. 

Understanding the Gyroplane 

by Paul Bergen Abbott
Technical information for the non-technically minded person  who's interested in gyrocopters and sport gyroplanes. The book explains how the gyroplane works, why the rotor blades spin in autorotation, what makes the craft stable. Includes a capsule history of the gyroplane from its invention as a stall-proof aircraft to the more recent developments of the gyrocopter and other sport rotorcraft. Explains the problem of PIO (pilot induced oscillation or "porpoising") and another nasty problem of gyroplanes, the Buntover. Covers rotor blade tracking and other technical subjects in words that anyone can easily understand. 120 pages. Many photos and illustrations.

bulletRetail price $19.95 plus $3.00 per order shipping and handling ($8.00 shipping outside USA).
bulletVisit the publishers' website for more information or to order online.
bulletOr order by telephone with VISA/MasterCard to 24-hour recorder at (317) 815-0544
bulletor mail check or money order to: The Abbott Company, P. O. Box 1121, Camel, IN 46032. 

How to License a Homebuilt Aircraft 

by Paul Bergen Abbott
This popular book now contains a "Quick Start" section that shows  11 steps to a quick and easy inspection and licensing. It tells, in simple language, how to license a rotorcraft (or any other type of aircraft) and a pilot with the FAA. It contains completed samples of all the necessary forms. This book makes the task easy, and simplifies difficult FAA regulations. It also tells how to buy and sell an aircraft, and compares flying as an ultralight with licensed aircraft. A must-read for every aircraft builder. 76 pages, Photographs.

bulletRetail price $19.95 plus $3.00 per order shipping and handling ($8.00 shipping outside USA).
bulletVisit the publisher's website for more info or to order online.
bulletOr order by telephone with VISA/MasterCard to 24-hour recorder at (317) 815-0544.
bulletOr mail check or money order to: The Abbott Company, P. O. Box 1121, Camel, IN 46032. 

 

Flying the Gyroplane

by Martin Hollmann
History and secrets of flying the gyroplane. Discusses "porpoising" and "negative G." History of rotorcraft, including Juan de la Cierva, Focke, the Rotachute, Bensen and finally the two-place Sportster and ultralight Bumble Bee designed and built by the author. The Sportster was one of the first practical two-place homebuilt enclosed gyros and one of the first used as a two-place trainer for new pilots. The Bumble Bee was the first autogyro to meet the ultralight regulations, in 1984. 110 pages and 45 illustrations. Book is $39.00 plus $6.00 for shipping; add 4% for VISA/MasterCard orders; $8.00 for airmail outside USA. Order from Aircraft Designs, Inc., 5 Harris Court Building S, Monterey, CA 93940. Phone (408) 649-6212, Fax (408) 649-5738. Visit the publisher's website for more information.

 

Modern Gyroplane DesignModern Gyroplane Design, 2nd Edition

by Martin Hollmann
Gyroplane design and performance calculations. Configuration design and structural analysis of metal and composite blades in flight. Listing for many computer programs for determining gyro performance, rotor blade deflection and bending moments and jump takeoff are included. These programs are written in BASIC for the IBM PC or Macintosh. Tells how to design for jump takeoff. 120 pages and 50 illustrations. Book is $52.00 plus $6.00 for shipping; add 4% for VISA/MasterCard orders; $8.00 for airmail outside USA. Visit the publisher's website for more information.

Software program disks for Modern Gyroplane Design BASIC programs listed in the book for the IBM PC or Macintosh (Specify which computer when ordering). Disks are $120.00.

Aircraft Designs, Inc., 5 Harris Court Building S, Monterey, CA 93940. Phone (408) 649-6212, Fax (408) 649-5738.

 

Gyroplane Flying For Beginners
A Guide to Getting Your Gyroplane License
photo; G&S Gremminger
by Patrick Howell, CFI (Gyroplanes).
Highly recommended by Don Farrington and Wing Commander Ken Wallis. The only comprehensive guide for novice gyroplane pilots.

* Preliminaries to gaining a license * personal health and fitness * how a gyroplane works * gyroplane controls and instruments * clothing and personal equipment * general safety precautions * runways and traffic patterns * right of way * radio and air traffic control signals * pre-flight preparations and inspections * start, taxi and shutdown * take offs-climbs, straight and level flight and descents * turns, including steep turns * final approach, landings and go arounds * slow flight and other unusual flight conditions * ground reference maneuvers * going solo * altimetry and weather limitations * cross country flying * night flying * emergencies * the check ride * your own machine * future gyroplane design * Federal Aviation Regulations * study material *glossary * gyroplane performance notes.

145 pages, including a wealth of illustrations, on Compact Disk (Windows 98).
$19.95 includes US postage. Please airmail cash or personal check (sorry, no credit cards) to Patrick Howell at 6 Millers Bank, Broom, Alcester, Warwickshire B50 4HZ, United Kingdom -delivery by return airmail.
e-mail  hotfoothowell@hotmail.com, Phone/fax 01144 1789 773801.

FAA Rotorcraft Flying Handbook

FAA Rotorcraft Flying Handbook

The Basic Helicopter Handbook (Advisory Circular 61-13B) has been rewritten and renamed the Rotorcraft Flying Handbook. Written for applicants preparing for the private, commercial, or flight instructor certificate with a helicopter or gyroplane class rating, the book is also valuable to flight instructors as a teaching aid. Both aeronautical knowledge and skill for operating rotorcraft are covered. The book is broken into two sections: the first dedicated to helicopters, and the second dedicated to gyroplanes. Each section includes chapters covering aerodynamics, flight controls, systems, the rotorcraft flight manual, flight maneuvers, emergencies, and aeronautical decision making. In addition, the helicopter section includes chapters on weight and balance, performance, attitude instrument flying, and night operations. The book concludes with a comprehensive glossary and index. This new FAA-H-8083-21 replaces the AC 61-13B, and is the official source for all rotorcraft questions appearing on the FAA Knowledge Exams. 8 1/4" x 10 3/4", full color, 208-page soft cover format, includes both a glossary and index; illustrated throughout.

You can get this book from My Pilot Store.

http://www.mypilotstore.com/MyPilotStore/sep/1586

It goes for around $19.95

Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

FAA AC 61-23C reprint. Includes principles of flight, airplanes and engines, flight instruments, performance, weather, navigation, use of computers, publications, and more.

 

 

 

You can get this book from My Pilot Store.

http://www.mypilotstore.com/mypilotstore/sep/1027

It goes for around $19.95

Information courtesy of Popular Rotorcraft Association
Written by Paul Bergen Abbott, former Editor/Publisher, Rotorcraft magazine

PRA home page

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