We have rules and regulations all around us. In aviation these rules protect the occupants and those on the ground as well. I got a little story for you.
After the Second World War there was a gentleman with a pretty big pocket book that wanted to race a highly modified P-51 Mustang and break all previous records. He was allowed to participate at the Reno Race with his sleek aircraft. Unfortunately this pilot had little air racing experience at this level and wound up crashing into a home with occupants killing two in the home and himself in the incident. The world of air racing in America came to a standstill.
For a number of years there were no races at Reno. Finally with enough support and a recognized standard for pilot proficiency in place the sport was able to get back on its feet.
What I am trying to impress upon you here is two-fold. First, do not take what you have today for granted. Second, if a sport can be performed within a reasonable degree of safety it will be allowed to continue. You, the operators, repairman, pilots and instructors are the future of our sport and how we operate and are percieved will determine our future fate.
Ensuring compliance of the rules and regulations helps ensure the safety, integrity, and future of the sport gyroplane community. I've tried to supply links to most government civil aviation authorities. If yours is not available please use the contact link and if you have the web address I will add it to the site.
The FAA really does have some excellent resources in the form of advisory circulars (AC), reference materials and manuals as well as pamphlets and handy little pilot aids and posters.
Some government agencies such as NASA have a wealth of aeronautical data and research.
I think you will be amazed by the amount and different topics covered at these sites. So take a look and complete your project, maintain your gyroplane and operate it within the limitations and regulations set forth that allows us to indulge in this passion.
A taste of the fun when your gyroplane kit is complete and the great people you get to meet. Special Thanks goes out to Tim "Tchick" for the use of the following video...enjoy the passion of gyroplanes.