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First Gyro AFI groundschool run by the Gyrocopter Academy PDF Print E-mail

ImageAndrew Lysser and Nick Wright were the first two budding Gyroplane AFIs (Assistant Flying Instructors) to attend the Gyrocopter Academy's week long groundschool preparatory course held at Rufforth Airfield in York.

Part of the qualification to become a gyrocopter flying instructor is a requirement to do a 40 hours (minimum) intensive ground school course.  In the past this has only once been available in the UK as a stand alone course, that was some years ago and the lack of a course makes training to become a flying instructor very restrictive.

This gap has now been filled by the Gyrocopter Academy.  A specific gyrocopter course has been developed by Phil Harwood in conjunction with David Beevers, the Chief Flying Instructor in the UK. 

The course ran from Monday to Friday and covered responsibilities and legal considerations for flying instructors, presentation techniques, how to teach the ground school topics and how to brief for all the flying exercises.  The students were videoed during all their briefs to allow self critique.  As well as studying and presenting during the day, they had homework preparation to do during a couple of the evenings.

Andrew and Nick completed the course successfully and left Rufforth exhaused from the intensiveness of the week but happy that they can now continue to proceed with the flying elements of their course.  This will increase the availability of instruction, hopefully in the early part of next year. 

The Gyrocopter Academy will be running this course in the new year.  It is designed for two students at a time.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to register your interest or find out more.