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Welcome to The Gyrocopter Experience - Basingstoke
OPEN ALL YEAR! The Gyrocopter Experience Basingstoke - Fly our Open Cockpit and Enclosed Gyros at Popham Airfield!
Gyroplanes, Autogyros, Gyrocopters or just plain Gyros - call them what you will, they are all the same fantastic flying machines! We are more than just a flying school - we provide a supportive community for you to realise your dreams and take flight in the most fantastic aircraft you can fly.
We have a choice of open-cockpit and enclosed gyros available for training, experience flights and solo flight by students. All of our aircraft are powered by the range-topping Rotax 914 turbocharged engine for greater performance and higher safety margins.
Whether you are looking for a trial flight so that you can find out more about these amazing aircraft and experience the famous "Gyro Grin", or you want to learn how to fly one of these magnificent machines for yourself, The Gyrocopter Experience Basingstoke is the place for you.
We are based at Popham Airfield near Basingstoke in Hampshire, with great access from the M3, A303 and A34. We are THE school to come to if you live in West or South London, and are easy to get to from the South Coast, Southern England and the Midlands. We offer Trial Flights, Flight Training for the PPL(G) and advanced training for licence-holders wishing to develop their skills. If you are just starting out we will support your first steps in to aviation and will provide ongoing support once you have your licence. If you are planning to become an instructor we can provide advanced training and mentoring services to help you reach your goal!
If you decide to take the plunge and buy your own aircraft we have hangarage and maintenance available on-site, as well as a club room, pilots briefing facilities and a fantastic atmosphere.
Ever since mankind first raised its eyes towards the silver screen and saw James Bond strap himself in to Little Nellie all men have thought "I've just GOT to have a go at that!"
Now, thanks to the Gyrocopter Experience you can turn those dreams in to reality and experience the unique thrill of gyro flight. OK, so way may not have the machine guns and rocket launchers attached to our aircraft, but the thrill of flight in these amazing machines more than makes up for that! We can take you flying in our open-cockpit "motorbike of the skies" for that "classic" gyrocopter experience, or you can fly in our comfortable enclosed gyroplanes which even have a heater!
From our base at Popham we have an amazing local landscape to explore - you will see the landscape in a way which you have never seen it before. In the summer months we can check out the crop circles (how do they make them?), and if you are an aviation enthusiast then the comings and goings from Middle Wallop and Odiham provide varied and interesting aviation activity.
When you come for a trial flight you will be provided with all the specialist equipment you need - for open cockpit flying a flying suit, a helmet and headset and a pair of gloves; for enclosed gyros a noise-cancelling headset. The only thing you need to bring is yourself and your sense of adventure!
When you come for a trial flight with The Gyrocopter Experience Basingstoke:
All flights are subject to suitable weather conditions. We don't often have to cancel but we'll send you a text message on the morning of your flight to confirm. Your friends and family will be welcome at the airfield - we have ample parking, indoor and outdoor seating and a cafe serving hot food at the weekends.
We don't put all of our available timeslots on the website, so if you want to book an experience flight just call Instructor Steve Boxall on 0790 505 9789 to arrange a date.
How it works!
If you would like to buy someone a gift of a flight, buying a Gyrocopter Experience Giftpack with flight voucher is the easiest way to proceed. The person receiving the gift can then book a specific time and date at a later stage. If you already have a voucher and would like to book a time and a date Redeem your voucher here
Alternatively if you want to book a date and time now then you can Book Direct Here. Go on...treat yourself...you wont regret it!
Gyrocopter Pilot Training
When it comes to pilot training it is true to say that not all aircraft are created equal. There is no doubt that the Magni M16 is the finest training gyroplane available in the UK, and we see significantly improved progress from our students who fly it. Why is that? Well, the Magni provides the sort of steady, easily controlled platform which reduces your workload and allows you to focus on more than just controlling the aircraft. We know that open-cockpit aviation is for everyone so we also have the superb Magni M24 for those who prefer to fly "indoors". To make sure that we have all the bases covered we also have a Rotosport MT-03, so if that is your aircraft of choice we can train you on that too. All of our aircraft our powered by the top-of-the-range Rotax 914 engine providing us with extra performance for the ultimate flying experience.
Our superb facilities at Popham are an ideal location for our intensive courses, run over 4 or 5 days, which get your training off to a flying start. Our courses cater for those who wish to train for their PPL(G) as well as for more experienced gyro pilots who want to extend their skills on one of our advanced flying courses or prepare for their flying instructor training.
When you attend one of our intensive courses you will fly for around two and a half hours each day - which may not sound like much but learning to fly is an intense and demanding experience and you will need time between lessons to relax and assimilate what you have learned.
If you wish to undertake your training on a less intensive basis we can accommodate that too - we've had great feedback from all of the training which we do, and you will be learning with one of the UK's most experienced gyro instructors.
Our students have come from all walks of life - we have trained everyone from hairdressers to airline pilots, from 7-year olds (OK, I haven't quite finished teaching the kids how to fly just yet ...) to pensioners - they all love the experience of flight and, more importantly, have enjoyed the journey they have taken to master these amazing machines.
If you are learning to fly from scratch don't worry - we have the tools and experience to make the journey as enjoyable and productive as possible. If you are converting from another form of aviation our CFI flies aeroplanes too so he knows exactly what it is like to step out of an aviation "comfort zone" and try something new!
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