Gyrocopter Flights

20 Minute Gyrocopter Flight - Silverstone
20 Minute Gyrocopter Flight – Silverstone

Gyrocopter flights are inexpensive when compared to other forms of flying.  Gyrocopters are all autogyros (autogiros) and you may also see them called gyroplanes.

Contrary to what you may think, they are not mini-helicopters. They are aircraft in their own right with a particular set of flying and handling characteristics.

Many people will recall ‘Little Nellie’ in the 1967 James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’.  ‘Little Nellie’ was designed by a former Royal Air Force Wing Commander Ken Wallis and his legacy and influence lives on with the current generation of gyrocopter pilots.

Unlike helicopters, gyrocopters don’t take off and land vertically. They do need some room in which to perform a take off run and to land, but the they don’t need very much.  Watch any gyrocopter land at an airfield and you’ll see what I mean. They are definitely STOL – Short Take Off and Landing – aircraft!

Gyrocopter PPL(G)

If a trial flight gives you the taste for more then you can start considering the path to obtaining a PPL(G) i.e. Private Pilot’s Licence (Gyrocopter).  As these aircraft are much less expensive to run you’ll find the cost of training substantially less than conventional fixed or rotary wing aircraft.

Most gyrocopters are tandem two seat aircraft with open cockpits but there are an increasing number of side by side two seat aircraft with closed cockpits. Open cockpit puts you right in the elements. You feel the wind and taste the air. It’s similar in a way to being on the back of a motorbike.

Closed cockpits are more cosy and there’s obviously less noise, and you can fly more comfortably in colder air.  Each has its advantages so my advice is try both!  The great thing is that you’ll be flying at fairly low level, at about 1,000 to 1,500 feet, although these aircraft are capable of climbing much higher.

There are gyrocopter flight experiences available in many UK counties; Devon, Doncaster, Essex, Kent, in the Lake District, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Perthshire, Wiltshire, and Yorkshire.

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