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Put simply – a Gyrocopter is like a helicopter except that the engine is not connected to the rotors – they freewheel (or autorotate). A Gyrocopter has a propeller (like an aeroplane) and the forward motion of the gyrocopter through the air as a result of the propeller turning, forces wind through the rotors in turn making them autorotate.

You can wear anything that is comfortable for you.

It has a propeller connected to an engine which moves it forward and which in turn pushes air through the rotors (like running with a child’s windmill). The rotors spin fast enough to create “lift” which lifts.

As the engine does not control the rotors, they keep turning at exactly the same speed with or without the engine. In the event of an engine failure, the Gyro will glide to the ground in a very slow and controlled manner. This makes the Gyro one of the safest type of aircraft to be in should the engine fail.

When it is in the air, the gyrocopter can hover, however it cannot increase height during a hover like a helicopter therefore is not able to take off and land vertically. The gyrocopter requires a very short distance to take off, about the length of a football pitch; and an even shorter distance to land, about the length of a tennis court. (Although you would of course have to take the net down if you wanted to land safely!!!)

  • You generally only fly at around 800ft above the ground which allows you to see all that is happening below quite clearly. It is safer to fly at this height in a Gyrocopter compared to most other flying. A helicopter generally flies at about 1200ft for safety and an aeroplane generally flies above 1500ft to 2000ft. These guidelines are designed around being able to land safely in the event of an engine failure (unlikely though it is!)
  • A gyrocopter is very maneuverable and can turn very quickly and steeply safely. In a winged aircraft (like an aeroplane, microlight or glider) the steeper the turn, the more dangerous it is due to inherent dangers of stalling and spinning. Because a Gyrocopter has rotors in place of a wing, the lift is generated in a circular manner and therefore cannot stall or spin. Also, tight turns increase the G loading, which in turn spins the rotors faster and increases their performance. Steep turns can be great fun.
  • You can fly very slowly, or hover safely so you can watch things. Yes, Gyrocopters can hover in the air. It is a great way to watch the world go by below you. One of the best things is watching traffic holdups on the motorways below you, knowing that you have the freedom to travel without congestion.
  • You fly out in the open and get that “wind in your hair feeling” Some people are scared at the thought of flying in an open cockpit. Trust us, you don’t feel much more exposed than if you were in an enclosed cockpit. There are large windscreens in front of you which makes you feel quite sheltered but at the same time there is something quite exhilarating flying out in the open air.
  • A gyrocopter is not bumpy even in windy conditions or turbulence. It feels stable and comfortable. If you don’t like bumpy flying experiences then Gyrocopters are definitely the flying machines for you! Because there are no large wings like an aeroplane there is nothing for the turbulence to hit against, the Gyrocopter rotors slice though the air. It’s just fantastic!

Yes, you can take camera during the flight.

No, you can’t. It is two seater aircraft including one pilot and one passenger only.