Rotors Over The Rockies
2016 Event Schedule

Tuesday-Saturday, June 7-11, 2016
Brigham City Regional Airport (KBMC)


ROTR will have a slightly different focus in 2016 from years past. Instead of a compressed schedule of classroom presentations, we will emphasize the more informal "tarmac tech" sessions led by individuals with specialized expertise.

We expect a Designated Pilot Examiner for Gyroplane (DPE) to be available this year for the first time, either at ROTR or at another nearby airport. Four other Gyroplane Certified Flight Instructors have indicated they expect to be here, with all available for ground and flight instruction for at least part of the event.

Jim Gilchrist, a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR), is available for the duration of the event at Brigham City, and a few days before or after at locations of your choice, to conduct initial Airworthiness Inspections on new experimental aircraft and Annual Condition Inspections for existing machines whose owners do not hold Repairman Certificates.

There is no charge at ROTR for admission, on-airport camping or product disoplay - they're all FREE. A nominal donation of $20, payable on arrival, allows nighttime parking for your gyro in the main hangar for the week (fee waived for CFIs).

ROTR Official Tee and Polo Shirts are available through this link.

All times MDT and all events and locations subject to rescheduling for weather and presenter availability.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2016

Hang Tests - Hang tests can be used to verify correct cyclic control range and precisely locate a gyroplane's vertical CG coordinate. The facilities to conduct these tests are located in Curt Pittman's hangar. There is currently one session scheduled at noon Friday. Inquire at ROTR if you need this for your machine.

Thrust Tests - Static thrust tests, in which a gyroplane is chained through a strain gauge to a fixed point and run at full power, are important to determine whether an aircraft has the performance necessary to fly safely. Two sessions are available for this testing, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm on the apron east of the main hangar.

Aircraft Antennas - The rigging and proper tuning of an aircraft antenna is not difficult, but requires specialized equipment and techniques. URA's Paul Plack will be available to check and, if necessary, adjust and modify VHF communications antennas on experimental gyroplanes Thursday morning at 11am at the main hangar.

Yamaha Engine Conversion - URA's Glenn Kerr has completed a three-year project to convert his Butterfly Super Monarch from Rotax two-stroke to Yamaha four-stroke power. Glenn's machine is now flying, and he'll answer your questions about his project Thursday afternoon at 2pm in the main hangar.

Maddox Group Dinner - The Maddox Family Drive-In is a local favorite, and we'll travel there for dinner as a group Thursday evening. Be sure to get your name on the list early and be ready to leave right at 4:30pm to be sure you get a seat!

Breakfast Cross-Country #1 - Friday morning is a cross-country breakfast flight which has become a favorite of ROTR attendees. We'll fly as a group to The Auger Inn at Ogden, a flight of 21 nm to the south. This is an excellent opportunity for gyro owners without transponders to be part of a group flight into Class-D airspace. Other attendees will travel by car.

URA Group Gyro - Friday afternoon at 4pm, come to the apron by the main hangar and see URA's Sport Copter Vortex, which is being restored and placed into a group ownership plan to enable low-cost solo flight training. This machine is expected to get its annual condition inspection and be flying by the end of ROTR this year. Learn how the program works.

Ribbon Around the World - Our featured presentation on Friday at 5pm is titled Ribbon Around the World. Utah native Marc Campbell has specially prepared his Autogyro Calidus for an attempt to set a record for circumnavigation of the world in a gyroplane to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Marc's preparation for this journey has involved test flights which have already set or broken existing records, and he'll share details on his mission Friday evening in the large classroom in the main hangar.

CFI Roundtable - Following Marc's presentation will be our annual CFI Roundtable, also in the Main Hangar. This forum features participating flight instructors sharing their thoughts on both prepared questions from a moderator, and more spontaneous questions from the audience.

Breakfast Cross-Country #2- Saturday morning we invite you to fly with a group through a canyon northeast of Brigham City to Logan Airport, a 14 nm cross-country flight. The FBO there has scheduled a fly-in breakfast, and the scenery along the way is amazing!

Awards Banquet - Saturday afternoon, we'll close ROTR IX with our annual awards banquet. Awards include Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Rotorcraft, Most Innovative, Pilot & Machine, Farthest Travelled, and ROTR's famous "Dead Dinosaur Award," for the pilot who sacrifices fuel to provide opportunities for newcomers to see gyros fly. A meal will be available for a suggested $10 donation.

Below is contact information and the latest schedule for the week. Watch for updates as the week of the fly-in draws closer. For general info about ROTR IX, e-mail secretary@utahrotorcraft.org. We'll see you there!

TUESDAY, JUNE 7

9am: Main Hangar & Camping Area Opens
9am-6pm: Annual Condition Inspections (Jim Gilchrist, Main Hangar)
9am-6pm: Gyroplane Practical Tests (Chris Lord, Main Hangar)
9am-6pm: Gyroplane Ground & Flight Instruction (CFIs, Main Hangar)
7pm-9pm: Group Flight Review Ground Session (Brandon Winters, Main Hangar)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

9am-6pm: Annual Condition Inspections (Jim Gilchrist, Main Hangar)
6am-6pm: Gyroplane Practical Tests (Chris Lord, Main Hangar)
6am-6pm: Gyroplane Ground & Flight Instruction (CFIs, Main Hangar)
2pm-3pm: Static Thrust Tests (Main Hangar / East Apron)
5pm-6pm: Introduction to Controlled Airspace (Brandon Winters, Main Hangar)

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

9am-6pm: Annual Condition Inspections (Jim Gilchrist, Main Hangar)
6am-4pm: Gyroplane Practical Tests (Chris Lord, Main Hangar)
6am-4pm: Gyroplane Ground & Flight Instruction (CFIs, Main Hangar)
11am-2pm: Aircraft Antenna Tuning/Testing (Paul Plack, Main Hangar)
2pm-3pm: Yamaha Engine Conversion Q&A (Glenn Kerr, Main Hangar)
4:30pm: Depart for Group Dinner at Maddox Drive-In (Main Hangar)

FRIDAY, JUNE 10

8am: Cross-Country Breakfast Flight to Ogden (Main Hangar)
9am-6pm: Annual Condition Inspections (Jim Gilchrist, Main Hangar)
6am-6pm: Gyroplane Ground & Flight Instruction (CFIs, Main Hangar)
12n-3pm: Gyroplane Hang Tests (Glenn Kerr, Curt Pittman, Pittman Hangar)
4pm-5pm: Introduction: URA Joint Gyro Ownership Program (Main Hangar)
5pm: Ribbon Around the World Record Attempt (Marc Campbell, Main Hangar)
7pm: CFI Roundtable (Q&A with Participating CFIs)

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

8am: Cross-Country Flight to Logan Airport Pancake Breakfast (Main Hangar)
9am-6pm: Annual Condition Inspections (Jim Gilchrist, Main Hangar)
6am-6pm: Gyroplane Ground & Flight Instruction (CFIs, Main Hangar)
2pm-3pm: Static Thrust Tests (Main Hangar / East Apron)
5pm-6pm: ROTR Awards Banquet (Main Hangar Classroom)
6pm: ROTR Official Close

SUNDAY, JUNE 12

9am: Main Hangar & Camping Area Officially Closes

Gyroplane DPE

Chris Lord, Pictaio Aerospace (IA)
(815) 402-3076; info@PictaioAerospace.com
Autogyro MTO Sport, Cavalon; availability pending
Airport(s) pending

Gyroplane DAR

Jim Gilchrist (UT), KDH Flight Path
kdhflightpath@msn.com
Initial Airworthiness and Annual Condition Inspections
Expected availability Tue-Sat, Brigham City Regional Airport
(Inspections at other airports subject to mileage charges)

CFI Contact Info

Michael Burton, Airgyro Aviation (UT)
(801) 794-3434 or 866-610-5552; info@airgyro.com
Autogyro MTO Sport, Cavalon; expected availability Fri-Sat
Brigham City Regional Airport (KBMC)

Brandon Winters, Airgyro Aviation (UT)
(801) 794-3434 or 866-610-5552; info@airgyro.com
Autogyro MTO Sport, Cavalon; expected availability Tue-Sat
Brigham City Regional Airport (KBMC)

Vance Breese (CA)
vance@counterman.net
Autogyro Cavalon; expected availability Tue-Sat
Brigham City Regional Airport (KBMC)

Desmon Butts (TX), TAGNA
texasautogyro@yahoo.com
Autogyro MTO Sport, Cavalon; availability pending
Brigham City Regional Airport (KBMC)

Chris Lord, Pictaio Aerospace (IA)
(815) 402-3076; info@PictaioAerospace.com
Autogyro MTO Sport, Cavalon; availability pending
Airport(s) pending

ROTR General Information

Brigham City Airport (KBMC) is in Class G airspace up to 700' AGL. 100LL available on the field 24/7 with credit card. Auto fuel available nearby.

CTAF is 123.05 Mhz. All rotorcraft announce "clear" on CTAF when starting engines, props or rotors. (Will be heard on PA system). All engine starts are to be in designated areas, or minimum 500' from pedestrians. Calm wind runway is 35.

Gyroplanes use left pattern at 500' AGL (4,729 MSL) for both runways 17 and 35, well inside a typical fixed-wing pattern.; downwind leg should be approximately over Airport Road, outside camping/parking areas. No takeoffs or landings on taxiways. No spiral descents or other non-standard approaches to the runway!

Helicopters use standard pattern when practical; use right pattern to avoid fixed-wing traffic.

Camping is free on the airport starting June 7, but no showers or electrical/water/sewer hookups for RVs available. Motel chains have locations nearby along I-15 and in Brigham City. Reserve early for best rates.

Camping alternatives:
KOA, 1040 W 3600 S - (435) 723-5503
Golden Spike, 905 W 1075 S - (435) 723-8858

Hangar - Indoor overnight parking is available for small rotorcraft with two-bladed rotors on a first-come, first-served basis. A $20 donation to URA is requested to help cover hangar rent. (Fee is waived for CFIs providing flight instruction.)

Directions to Airport - From I-15, take Utah Exit 365. Turn east at the bottom of the ramp and proceed about 200 yards, then turn left on Airport Road. At the end of the road look for Gate #1 on your right, which should be open during event hours.

Awards - Grand and Reserve Champion Rotorcraft, Innovation, Farthest Traveled, Dead Dinosaur Award (most observed flying in the opinion of the judges), and Pilot & Machine (judged by fellow pilots.) Awards will be presented at the Saturday Banquet.