In the UK, initial training in a Gyrocopter will always be done on a 2-seat dual control machine with a qualified instructor. During the training you will reach a stage where you have the ability to fly solo. Your instructor will then supervise your "first solo".
Your training with your instructor will then continue and you will continue to fly solo under his supervision. When you have proven that you are competent you will be submitted for a General Flying Test(GFT) with an examiner. When you have passed this test, completed a number of written tests and some cross country flights you can apply for your licence, known as a PPL(G). This licence will allow you to fly unsupervised in the UK and you will be allowed to carry passengers. You will NOT be allowed to fly the general public and you will not be able to charge anyone (other than a share of true costs) for flying.
The training syllabus is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the UK. This syllabus lists the different steps involved in the the flying part of the training. A copy of this syllabus is contained in the following link:
More Facts The PPL(G) Training Syllabus
Answers to common questions relating to obtaining your PPL(G) are contained in the following link:
More Facts Training for your Gyrocopter Pilots Licence
When you have achieved your licence and flown a good number (50 or more) of flights you should consider advanced flying. This is not a "tricks" course but a course in improved accuracy of flying, understanding the Gyrocopter better and being able to perform more advanced manuevres which can be invaluable for being able to spot land in a smaller space than you would be expected on completion of your initial training course.
There is no official advanced flying course in the UK but almost all the instructors will be able to give you guidance on advanced flying. The main topics that are covered in advanced flying is contained in the following link.
More Facts Advanced Gyrocopter Training
With the increased popularity of Gyrocopter flying since "The Gyrocopter Revolution" (see About us for further details) there is a corresponding increase in the need for Gyrocopter Flying Instructors. The minimum requirements to be a Gyro flying instructor are:
It is a lot of effort....but it IS the best job in the world!
There is a LOT more to being a flying instructor than being able to fly Gyros. The Gyrocopter Experience specialises in helping people become flying instructors. For a roadmap of how to achieve this, click the link below. You must have registed on this site to activate this link.
More Facts Training to be a Gyrocopter Instructor
DISCLAIMER: All the information on this page and the linked pages are provided "to the best of our knowledge" and may be out of date or incorrect. The definitive guide to all thse facts is provided by the CAA and contained in their latest edition of Standards Document 44.