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Hello, and a few questions, please.
Hello everyone,

My name is Gil.  I don't own a helicopter and have no time in them except as a passenger and a jumper in the U.S. Army.  However, I do hold a sport pilot powered parachute certificate and a sport pilot powered parachute instructor certificate (CFI).  I do give active instruction. 

I also own a Benson B8 gyro with a 90hp Mac.  I have had it for about 2 years and I have never flown it because finding gyro instruction has proven quite difficult.  I talked to about 9 gyro instructors, and frankly, only two of them were very friendly, the others, to say it nicely, were not friendly at all.  Of the two that I did like, one no longer had a training gyro, but would provide training in my dual control machine, of course I don't have one of those.  The other nice gentleman still had his training gyro, but no longer is actively instructing, but he did offer to sell his machine to me.  All of that seemed like a long way to go to get instruction, especially because I would have to travel about 700 miles to get the instruction and buy another machine.

So, because of the difficulty with gyro instruction, I have been considering helicopters, and I'm convinced that I want one and that I am going to buy one.  I can get helicopter instruction locally.

I only mention my flying experience so that you guys will know that I am serious about this new endeavor.  And not someone who talks and talks about it, but only flies his keyboard.

I have a helicopter in mind to purchase.  I talked to the owner this morning.  He sounds like a very nice guy.

The search on this forum didn't yield any useful results about this Air/engine combo.

The machine is a Mosquito Air powered by a Rotax 503 and he is a member here.  I'm not going to mention him, or confirm who he is if someone asks, but some of you probably know right away whom I'm talking about.  Is this an acceptable combination?  I ask you guys because I know very little about helicopters in general and the Mosquito specifically.  I know he flies it, and I've seen video of it flying.  I know that there are probably more desirable engines for the Mosquito, but that's not what I'm asking.

I'm asking specifically about the 503.  Is it reliable mounted vertical?  If I understand the Air correctly, the engine's crankshaft has no thrust load from the rotor shaft, only rotational load.  I have three 582's in three powered parachutes that my wife and I currently fly, 2 ELSA, 1 SLSA, and I have one on the bench as well, so I'm familiar with the Rotax 2-strokes.

I apologize for the length of this post.  I just wanted to inform you as best as I could about me and my questions.

Thank you for your time and assistance,
Sport Pilot powered parachute CFI
2014 Infinity Commander N502FP
2004 Buckeye Breeze LX N90768
2004 Buckeye Breeze N436BE
Repairman Light Sport Aircraft

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