One of the guys on the theory course is an aircraft mechanic and has worked with a type of aircrafts called gyrocopter (or autogyro). One evening a presentation was arranged so all the questions could be answered; is it really a real aircraft?
Okay, it LOOKS like a helicopter, but that is pretty much also where the similarities stops. It has two rotating fans, which on a helicopter provides lift via the angle of attach against the air. That means that the fans will be tilted forward when flying forward. On a gyrocopter it is the other way around. The fans actually works like a disc when spinning in high speed and it is the disc that provides the lift via its angle of attach against the wind. That means that the fans/disk will be tilted backwards when flying forward. So in other words; the power is not provided by the fans (like on a helicopter) but by a propeller on the back of the gyrocopter. Confused? Take a look at the Wiki article for more information.
The interesting thing about gyrocopters is that they can be flown on a PPL license – actually even with a UL license as it is classified as a UL aircraft.
The cockpit of this Auto-Gyro Cavalon is nice and sporty and you have a great view while flying as there are no wings in the way.
Well I am not convinced to go for the gyrocopter unfortunately. But I might be tempted to try it out one day.
One of the days I had been looking forward to is the airport tour. We already did visit the hangars some days ago, but the tour in the tower and in the fire and rescue was still outstanding.
Roskilde Aiport (EKRK) is a rather small airport and is a part of the near by Copenhagen Airport. Roskilde Airport is mainly used for VIP handling, charter/taxi flights, offshore helicopter flights and quite a lot of school and private leisure flights. That is also what makes the tower in Roskilde Airport attractive for air traffic controllers because they prefer the versatility of different rules and regulations that are used to handle both VFR and IFR traffic, private and commercial, helicopters, props and jets etc. rather than just handling one type of commercial IFR traffic in Kastrup Tower.
During our visit in the tower there were almost no traffic – one single King Air aircraft departed during the 15 minutes, but it was also close to VFR closure. According to the controller on duty the tower could be quite busy and often required two controllers so that one could concentrate on approach while the other one would take care of the tower frequency.
View also towards the east from Roskilde tower.
View over the apron towards the west from Roskilde Tower. In the lower right corner you can see the terminal building.
After visiting the tower we went to the fire and rescue service. The airport has two fire tenders which are able to respond to any emergency in the airport within very few minutes. In case of emergency they are backed up by Roskilde Fire Department.
One of the fire and rescue guys tells about there work in Roskilde Airport.
Today we went on a hangar tour with our “engine and aircraft” teacher to have a practical look at some of the features of the aircrafts.
This aircraft YO-BLB is one of the two aircrafts belonging to Roskilde Flyveklub and used for practical training. Both aircrafts are of the type Piper PA28-151 Warrior and they are build in 1975 and 1976. Good classic aircrafts.
The dashboard of the cockpit is somehow what one would expect:
Even though the classic aircrafts are nice, it is no secret that my dream is to fly a more modern aircraft, and one of the aircrafts available to Roskilde Flyveklub has definitely caught my attention – this lovely Diamond Star DA40TDI. Really a cool aircraft!