The Gyrocopter Experience

The Gyrocopter Experience - Basingstoke

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 not for everyone so we also have the superb Magni M24 for those who prefer to fly "indoors". 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 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 flying instructor training.

We take a flexible approach to your training and will create a training plan with you to suit your availablility and the rate which suits you best. Most of our students come to us for half a day per week, and we will schedule two flights of approximately one hour each while they are here. We find that this is an effective way to learn which makes the best use of your time and ensures a steady rate of progress.

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!

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 rewarding aircraft to fly, as well as offering 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. We regularly upgrade our school aircraft to ensure that you always have an up-to-date flying experience.

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.

Online Training Records and Training Material

Your pilot training records will be available in the web portal called "The Gyropedia". This is a web based program that allows us to easily comply with all the training standards set by the UK CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and IAPGT (The International Association of Professional Gyroplane Training). It allows you to follow your progress through the course.

The Gyropedia also contains a complete set of online training material, incorporating videos, study guides and question banks to help you prepare for your lessons and the exams. The training material elements of the Gyropedia are enabled with an annual subscription (£10/month paid annually in advance).

The Gyropedia can be accessed from the "Gyropedia" link in the menu bar. Please note, there is a separate registration for the Gyropedia, which is an independant system from the registration on the main Gyrocopter Experience website (the username and pasword are not currently linked).