If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘Where can I fly in a gyrocopter?’ then in this video I explain why you should go for a flight in a gyrocopter and where you can do so.
If you want to jump straight to the links then you’ll find them in the description area beneath this video.
So far I’ve had two flights in a gyrocopter. The first was with Steve Boxall of @Pophamgyros when he was based in Old Sarum, Wiltshire, and before he moved the operation to Popham airfield in Hampshire.
We took off on a cool June day a few years ago and enjoyed a very pleasant experience flying over Wiltshire and taking in some of the landmarks.
The second was earlier this year when I was invited up by James Ketchell, who, as I narrate this video, is flying over Russia in the second month of his around the world trip in a Magni M16 autogyro.
You’ll find an introductory video about him and his around the world trip in my YouTube channel.
I loved both experiences and if I could afford to then I would learn to fly these wonderful machines.
Meanwhile, why not treat yourself or someone special in your life to the same never to be forgotten thrills?
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’. This was also my first encounter with a gyrocopter, but it was to be over 40 years before I had a ride in one.
I did however, have a ride in a Bell47D helicopter that same year, but that’s another story.
‘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!
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Where to fly in a Gyrocopter
- Autogyro experience in Hampshire: £120
- Gyrocopter flights in Perth: £99
- Gyrocopter flights over Silverstone: £45
- Gyrocopter experience in Essex: £75
- Gyrocopter flights in Oxford: £120
- Autogyro experience in the Lake District: £125
- Gyrocopter flights in East Yorkshire: £130
- Gyrocopter experience in York: £125
- Gyrocopter flights in Kent: £75
- Autogyro experience in Wiltshire: £110