Welcome to Rotor Flight Dynamics, Inc. We provide the gyroplane industry with all the components an individual builder or designer would not be able to manufacture for themselves. We supply rotorblades, rotorheads, and prop and engine combinations such as Rotax, Subaru/AutoFlight, and Hirth.
Our product line consists of single and two-place Dominators. Additionally we offer 22' thru 28' rotorblades of our own design with a lift capability from ultralight thru 1200 lbs. G.W. We are the only manufacturer that test flies all blade sets prior to shipping.
Bensen Days 2004.
The Dominator incorporates the Tall Tail design for stability and has become the industry standard by which other companies gauge the stability of their designs.
We offer plans for the purist who builds from the ground up, or the totally constructed and debugged aircraft primarily for export.
We have a 5000 sq ft facility that houses a complete machine shop with state of the art advanced welding capability.
Some of our awards consist of:
- 1990 - Most Inventive Two-Place
- 1994 - Best Two-Place
- 1996 - Distinguished Service Award.
What makes the Dominator so unique is its high profile design. It sits up very high off the ground dubbing it the long legged mosquito, among other things.
UltraWhite flying at Bensen Days 2005.
The aircraft is the culmination of a lot of design features. Pitch stability in the airframe is the most important. The other goals were the ability to operate off of rough terrain and short takeoff and landing distances.
The rough terrain problem was solved by incorporating a fully active suspension system in the landing gear. This also allows for short landing using the Dominator Stop & Drop landing method. You simply stop at about 2 feet over the ground and drop. This eliminates ground roll on rough terrain. The short takeoff for the 582 or 618 single Dominator is accomplished by a hydraulic pre-rotator allowing a 10' to 30' takeoff roll or 1 1/2 times the rotor length. The average gyro takes 300 to 400 ft for takeoff. Don't try the Stop & Drop method with other type gyros because you will surely do damage to the machine and probably yourself.
Pitch stabilization is the most important. This helps overcome sudden pitch changes caused by updrafts. In a Bensen type an updraft will cause a rapid nose-up pitch. The untrained reaction is the push the stick forward. WRONG!. This will cause PIO (Pilot Induced Oscillation) or porpoising. This may be the correct reaction for fixed-wing but not gyros. This will put you in an extreme nose down situation, caused by unloading the rotor, that you may not be able to recover from.
The design of the Dominator under the same conditions will cause the nose to pitch down causing a reaction of pulling the stick back which will load the rotor and not allow the uncontrolled condition experienced in other crafts. This makes for a safe and stable aircraft for those pilots with the least amount of training in type. The proper trained response is to reduce power and ride it out.
The horizontal stabilizer has the function of lessening the effects of stick inputs for pitch as the forward speed increases. This is opposite of the other rotor craft. As speed increases, pitch control becomes very sensititve increasing the chance for PIO. With the Dominator pitch is more stable as speed increases taking the fear out of flying fast in a gyro.