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Welcome to The Gyrocopter Experience - Basingstoke
Come and fly our fantastic new Magni M24 VIP! ** Night flying, CPL and Instructor training now available!**

Our Airfield

Popham Airfield is the spiritual home of recreational aviation in the South of the UK, and is dedicated to sport flying with a wide range of microlights and light aircraft based here.? There's usually plenty going on at Popham, and there are few things that can beat sitting outside the clubhouse on a fine day watching the aircraft come and go.

The airfield has?two grass runways and?and an air-to-ground radio service is provided so you can practice your radio skills as you learn to fly. ?If you wish to bring your own gyro to?Popham?then we have our own dedicated gyro hangar where your machine will be in good company!

Once you have reached the solo flying stage of your training you will need to join The Spitfire Flying Club. Membership of the club covers all of your landing fees and use of the Popham facilities.

We have a briefing area with PC and WiFi internet access for flight planning or just relaxing.

The Clubhouse at Popham is open to all visitors. During the week tea, coffee cold drinks and cakes are available. At the weekend hot food is served in the cafe.

There is a selection of excellent B&Bs in the area.

For more information about Popham airfield visit www.popham-airfield.co.uk

Meet the Staff

Steve Boxall

Steve is the chief Gyro instructor & Exminer at?Popham?and is one of the most experienced gyroplane flying instructors in the UK. Steve "it's because I started very young, not because I am now very old" Boxall has been a Flying Instructor for over 30 years, has been flying Gyros for 17 years and started his gyro-ing adventures?in a single seat gyro which he built himself in the garage.? Steve was the owner of the very first of the new factory-built gyroplanes in the UK and was the first Instructor in the UK to operate the new generation of factory-built gyroplanes. In 2017 Steve became the first gyroplane pilot in the UK to hold a gyroplane night-flying rating and became the first holder of a Commercial Pilots Licence for gyroplanes.

In the past Steve was a commercial balloon pilot and so has excellent knowledge of aviation, though now he flies something which travels significantly faster!? Steve's?son and daughter?first flew in a gyro when they were aged 5 and 7, and his daughter made her first landing aged 8.?Now she thinks that flying gyros is easy, and?wants to know?when?she have a pink gyro of her own!? The arrival of our Magni M16 has caused great excitement in the Boxall household, as the kids have worked out that it has adjustable rudder pedals so they'll be able to learn how to fly sooner .....

As well as flying balloons and gyroplanes, Steve also holds an aeroplane Commercial Pilots Licence, Instrument Rating and Multi-Engine rating.

Steve is well known for his good looks, charm, wit and, above all, his modesty.???

Steve Boxall




Our Aircraft

The Gyrocopter Experience Basingstoke offers training, solo flying and experience flights in both open-cockpit and enclosed gyroplanes. For enclosed flying we have the superb Magni M24, the first factory-built side-by-side enclosed gyroplane type approved in the UK. The M24 enjoys all of the fantastic handling qualities which make the Magni gyroplane range such enjoyable and reqarding aircraft to fly, as well as offfering the comfort and convenience of enclosed, sociable flying.

If you want to enjoy the thrills of open-cockpit flying then we are fortunate to have our own Magni M16 - which we consider to be the finest training aircraft available. Powered by the powerful Rotax 914 turbocharged engine, it provides unmatched stability and and rapidly generates confidence and skill in our students. Our M16 was new in March 2016, so not only is it one of the finest training machines available but it is still factory-fresh!

If you have your own gyroplane we can teach you to fly that too - as long as it is a UK-approved factory-built machine.


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Popham Airfield sits next to the A303, just west of the junction with the M3.

Travelling from the WEST along the A303 Eastbound take the third exit after the junction with the A34 signposted towards "Micheldever Station" and "Overton" (NOT the second exit signposted "Micheldever"). Follow the slip road to the end and go straight across at the junction (OK, you have to do a bit of a wiggle). The entrance to the airfield is on the left after about 700m, shortly before you rejoin the A303.

Travelling from the EAST, leave the M3 and join the A303. Leave the A303 at the first junction you reach, signposted to "Micheldever Station" and "Overton". At the end of the slip road turn right under the A303, then right again. The entrance to the airfield is on the left after about 700m, shortly before you rejoin the A303.