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NTSB Final Report: Rotorway 162F (A1); ELA ECLIPSE 10 (A2) (MidAir)

Event Coordinators Informed Pilots That 360° Turns In The Traffic Pattern Were Prohibited Analysis: A gyroplane and helicopter collided midair while maneuvering for landing in day visual meteorological conditions. The aircraft were participating in a fly-in event that provided daily pilot briefings on flight operations and procedures. During the briefings, event coordinators informed pilots that 360° turns in the traffic pattern were prohibited. Flight track information, witness statements, videos, and damage to the aircraft indicated that the gyroplane impacted the left side of the helicopter while performing a prohibited 360° turn on the base leg of the visual approach.

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