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Welcome to The Gyrocopter Experience
What is a Gyrocopter?
A Gyrocopter looks like a small helicopter but the main difference is there is no engine turning the rotors. The rotors simply self-propel (which we call "autorotate") due to the way that the air flows through them.
As the engine is not connected to the rotors, this means that a Gyrocopter is not seriously affected if the engine should stop in flight. This, together with a very short landing roll (we can land in a very small open space, about the size of a putting green), means that a Gyrocopter is one of the safest methods of flying.
We can fly lower and slower safer than most other forms of flying machines. We are also capable of flying in weather conditions which will ground most other sport aircraft. This is really important, considering the weather in Britain
Watch this video clip, it will explain everything!
Gyrocopters have traditionally been open cockpit "Motorbikes of the sky" but, since late 2010, they are available as fully enclosed models. This changes the game completely.
Watch the video clip on the right hand side, it will explain to you exactly why flying Gyrocopters is so fantastic, it will also help you decide.....which one do you want!!
The Gyrocopter Experience has flying schools around the UK where you can "fly one, to try one". See the locations on the left hand map.
The Gyrocopter Experience head office at York also has a Gyrocopter museum and sales showroom. Come and see the entire range for yourself, you will be made most welcome.
This clip, called "Top Gear for Gyros" is also available on DVD from our giftshop here.
Let's go fly!
So, what do you want to find out?
There are a number of reasons why people generally visit this site, in the boxes below are the most popular reasons for visiting and our suggestion of where in the site you should start looking for information. We hope it helps you.
I have a general enthusiasm for aviation, I have recently heard about Gyrocopters and I want to find out more.
Gyrocopters have recently changed. Read about The Gyrocopter Revolution here and how the Gyrocopter Experience is involved
I want to know about Gyrocopters in the UK: How many are built? Who manufactures them? Where are they flying? Click here.
If you're intersted in Gyrocopters, you are part of the Gyrocopter Community. Find out about it here
I know that I want to train to be a Gyrocopter pilot and I want to find out what I have to do, and get started.
Just dive straight into our training section here. It will tell you eveything you need to do to get started.
If you have'nt flown in a Gyrocopter yet, then why not book a slot at your nearest location.
If you're intersted in Gyrocopters, you are part of the Gyrocopter Community. Find out about it here.
I have a dream of one-day becoming a Gyrocopter flying instructor. I am told it is the best job in the world!.
You are correct - it is the best job in the world. If you want to know what is involved then a quick guide is given here.
If you seriously want to instruct and you want a "roadmap" of how to get there you will need to register on this site.
You are obviously serious about Gyrocopters. Check out the Gyrocopter Community here.
I have heard about the thrill you can get in a Gyrocopter and I want to get the exhiliration for myself or someone I know.
The best way to do this is to buy a Gyrocopter Experience Giftpack flight voucher here. You can pick your location, date and time later.
Alternatively you may want to book a date and time now. You can do this here.
If you are in any doubt about how great it will make you feel, check out our "Gyrocopter Grin" gallery of people who have already flown.
Whatever your reason for visiting this site, We hope you find what you are looking for.
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Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Gyrocopter Experience Newsletter with gyroplane news, updates and information from the UK and around the world.
New Gyroplane for sunny Algarve
The Gyrocopter Experience Algarve has taken delivery of a brand new shiny MTO Sport as a school Gyrocopter based in Portugal.
The photograph shows just how fantastic this aircraft looks against the clear waters of Portugal. "It's really nice when you take delivery of a brand new aircraft" says Kevin Robinson the instructor at the Algarve. "Our previous machine served us well and has gone back to the UK to be flown privately. We will be operating G-CIEJ right through the winter offering winter training sessions in the sun!"
In you want to know more about flying in the Algarve contact Kevin on algarve@GyrocopterExperience.com
Five go mad at Popham
Things have started with a “bang” at our new location at Popham Airfield near Basingstoke. “We had five new students start training during the first two weeks here” said Instructor Steve Boxall. “Our new hangar is working really well, and even the weather has been kind to us and given us a great start.”
Steve also reports that one of the biggest attractions has been their new electric gyro tug. “We bought an industrial mover from Messrs eBay and Co, (aircraft handling equipment for the gentry), and it has generated more interest than almost anything else we have done here – people have been flying in to look at it!” The tug is pictured here with Oxford instructor Clive Rose who flew in for the day hoping it was like a giant Segway :-)
Steve would be delighted to show you around his new school facilities. He can be contacted on 07905 059789. Details can also view viewed at www.gyrocopterexperience.com/basingstoke
"The Flying Crocodile" Gyro school in Costa Rica joins The Gyrocopter Experience
In last year's November newsletter we included some photos of Costa Rica as our instructor friends Guido, Frank and Victor offer the most stunning gyro flying trips to Gyrocopter pilots from around the world.
We are delighted to announce that "The Flying Crocodile" has now joined the Gyrocopter Experience network of flying schools. As well as flying tours, they also offer the same advanced flying training available in our other schools. Now you can fly or train in Costa Rica and your training notes are integrated with your records from the UK.
Guido Scheidt, who runs The Flying Crocodile says "We share the same passion for gyros as the guys in the UK and we like their approach to training. We have delivered training courses together in the past and we enjoy working with them."
One of the great advantages is that we can organise special tours of Costa Rica for Gyrocopter Experience pilots. We are certain to be going out next year. If you're a gyro pilot and you want to go, just email us and we will put you on the list.
Find out more about The Gyrocopter Experience - Costa Rica here.
Ten Happy Magni Owners visit the factory in Milan
Ten very happy owners of Magni Gyroplanes went to visit the factory in Malpensa near Milan at the end of September. It was a chance to meet the people who actually built their machines as well as try out the latest models.
"What a blast!" says Alistair Mann, one of the proud owners of an M16C gyro. "I had visited the factory before I purchased my machine and was impressed at the time. It was really great to have time to look around and to be able to ask questions now that I have an understanding of how they work. It is a delightful place to see."
IAPGT launch improved website
The International Association of Professional Gyroplane Training (IAPGT) has just announced a major upgrade to the members area of its website www.iapgt.org.
The Association has been operating for just over 18 months and brings together gyroplane pilots and instructors from around the work to promote the standardisation of training and the sharing of best practice. The Association has over 650 members from over 60 countries.
The members area of the website has a complete set of training material and electronic resources to help everyone who is involved in the Gyroplane community to keep up with the latest developments in training.
We are proud to say that all Gyrocopter Experience Instructors are operating to these latest safety and training standards.
Last few places: One day instructor workshop
There are just a few spaces left on this year's "I might want to be Gyrocopter Instructor" workshop held in York on Saturday 11th October. This is a great one-day interactive seminar held by Phil Harwood which helps you assess if the thoughts that you have to become an instructor are just a pipe-dream or whether it is something that could turn into a reality.
This workshop is all about the "business" side of running your very own flying school and presents the resources and effort required to have what we know as the "best job in the world".
The workshop costs £99 per person and requires pre-booking. Please call Kati on 0845 643 9476 or book via our online shop here
The Flying Show moves to Telford
This year "The Flying Show" is moving from its previous location at the NEC Birmingham to "The International Centre" at Telford. The dates are also a week earlier than than in previous years - the 22nd and 23rd November.
The Flying Show is THE exhibition in the UK for light sport aircraft and Gyrocopters will be out in force. Our inside information tells us that the Gyrocopter stands will be an all-new design and there are at least a couple of surprises. We will certainly be there to enthuse about Gyros to one and all.
Full details can be obtained from www.theflyingshow.co.uk - put the dates in your diary. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Gyrocopter Experience Team
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What's happening in the Gyrocopter Community!
Student Hall of Fame - A new PPL(G) Pilot!
Congratulations to the following people who have now completed their training to be a Gyro pilot. Well done!
Thursday, 06 November 2014
Steve Parker trained by Owen Brooking
Saturday, 01 November 2014
Ashwin Vanrooijen trained by Steve Boxall
Gyros recently registered!
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Cavalon G-IDYL registered to M Newman
Thursday, 25 September 2014
VPM G-BZJM registered to J Padden
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
MTO Sport G-CGZG registered to J Payne
Friday, 19 September 2014
Cavalon G-CGYX registered to C Coffield
Monday, 15 September 2014
MTO Sport G-CIHH registered to A Gordon
Friday, 12 September 2014
MT03 G-CEHN registered to Rotorsport Uk Ltd
Tuesday, 09 September 2014
MT03 G-COLI registered to M Hoffmann
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
MTO Sport G-SIXG registered to J Howard
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
MTO Sport G-CGXZ registered to S Arnett
Wednesday, 09 July 2014
MTO Sport G-CIFT registered to B Reade
Student Hall of Fame - First Solo!
Congratulations to the following people who have flown their First Solo. Keep up the good work!
We welcome the following new registered users!
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Kevin Betts from York
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Don Wills from Port Macquarie
Friday, 21 November 2014
Eddie Colfox from Chideock
Monday, 17 November 2014
Douglas Cooley from Halesowen
Sunday, 16 November 2014
ROYCE KEELING from ALFRETON
Friday, 14 November 2014
Chris Gilbert from Bath
The Gyrocopter Experience Giftshop
This is a selection of goods from our online shop. Click Here to visit the giftshop.