Gyrocopters (otherwise known as gyroplanes or autogyros) were first invented in the 1930’s and use a form of aerodynamics called auto-rotation to enable them to fly. It’s this auto-rotation that makes gyrocopters one of the safest forms of flying and gives the pilots the ability to hover above the ground or land in very small areas.
The large rotor above the gyrocopter is propelled by the wind and its blades are designed to give the aircraft lift as they rotate. This helps to shorten the distance needed to achieve take-off and also acts as a “fail-safe” system to allow a gentle and controlled descent in the event of engine failure.
The forward thrust is derived from the rear mounted engine that’s connected to a rear propeller. This creates the necessary ground speed for take-off and drives the aircraft through the sky in flight. This unique combination of gaining lift and thrust from 2 separate systems with separate power sources makes flying a gyrocopter a unique experience; it’s almost like a helicopter and plane rolled into one.
Gyrocopters are capable of flying in a wide variety of weather conditions with cruising speeds of 80-100mph. Open-air cockpits on some models gives you an exhilarating feeling of flying through the air, whilst the closed cockpits on others give a more intimate feeling. Whichever model you opt for you are always guaranteed a flying experience like no