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Gyrocopter Lessons

Whether you call it a gyrocopter, a gyroplane, an autogyro or even an autogiro, these agile flying machines are a great way to get airborne. Yes, they might look a tad fragile, but actually these rugged and very stable aircraft are easy to fly and very agile, enabling you take control on your very first flight.

We've got gyrocopter lessons at locations dotted around the country, at some great clubs and training schools. This form of flight is becoming increasingly popular, especially given how cost-effective gyrocopters are compared to other aviation experiences. So if you've tried the rest, isn't it time you took to the skies in a funky little autogyro? Read more...



Gyrocopter Training

Somerset or South Wales

Special Offer Was £108 NOW £99

    • Lessons hosted by an ex RAF Squadron Leader
    • Fly out of Henstridge or Abergavenny airfields
    • Gyro can go to airfields within 30miles of base too
    • GoPro onboard footage included with 40mins flight
Autogyro Hampshire

Basingstoke, Hampshire

From £120.00

    • Fly an autogyro at Popham nr Basingstoke, Hants
    • Choose from open or closed cockpit gyrocopters
    • Flights are with a certified training school
    • 30, 60 and 90 minute flights are available
Gyrocopter Essex

Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Essex

From £75.00

    • Gyrocopter flights out of Damyns Hall Aerodrome
    • Full range of flight durations available
    • Cruise at 800ft above the Essex countryside
    • Take off in a tandem, open cockpit gyroplane
Gyrocopter Flying

Rochester, Kent

From £75.00

    • Fly open cockpit gyros from Rochester Airport Kent
    • All aircraft are dual-controlled & tandem seating
    • Experience the phenomenon of autorotation
    • You have the chance to sit up front if you want to
Gyrocopters Doncaster

Sandtoft Airfield, Belton

From £49.00

    • Lessons in Rotorsport open cockpit gyrocopters
    • Flying out of Sandtoft Aerodrome nr Doncaster
    • A wide range of flight lesson times offered
    • Learn the basics of flight in a gyroplane
Gyrocopters over Silverstone

Northamptonshire

From £45.00

    • Fly in a gyroplane from Turweston Airfield
    • See military & motoring landmarks from the air
    • Select your own flight path on the 60mins flight
    • Good viewing area & onsite cafe for spectators
Gyrocopters Oxford

Chiltern Air Park, Wallingford

From £120.00

    • Go gyrocopter flying from Chiltern Air Park
    • Small & friendly private aerodrome in Oxfordshire
    • Flights use a tandem Magni trainer gyrocopter
    • Plenty of time to try flying the gyro yourself
Gyrocopters Perth

Perth Airport

From £99.00

    • The magic of gyroplane flight at Perth Airport
    • Meet & fly Big Nellie auto gyro in Scotland
    • Being dual controlled you can have a go at flying
    • Various flight durations in this open cockpit gyro
Gyrocopters Wiltshire

Clench Common Airfield, near Marlborough

From £99.00

    • Gyrocopter flying at Clench Common near Swindon
    • Take to the skies in modern MTO Sport Turbo gyros
    • Enjoy great open-cockpit views over Wiltshire
    • Your chance to have a go at the controls too

Autogyros - small, efficient and loads of fun

The most famous gyrocopter in the world has to be Little Nellie as seen in the James Bond film 'You Only Live Twice'. Often mistakenly described as a mini-helicopter, this machine was designed and built by Ken Wallis, who also acted as Sean Connery's stunt pilot in the 1967 film. We all loved watching Bond whizz through the skies in his heavily-armed gyro that was shipped by Q in just four suitcases!

How does an autogyro actually fly?

Nothing quite so surreal as that on these gyrocopter lessons, but the basic science bit of how these fly is still the same. There's an engine-powered propellor on the rear, with rotor blades that sit above your head. Unlike a chopper, these blades are not engine-driven, they self-rotate as air passes over them, hence the 'auto' bit in autogyro. And they are not be confused with microlights, which can look similar, but of course have wings and not blades.

All this clever aviation engineering means the craft can land in incredibly small spaces - creator Wallis said a 'small putting green would do’. And interestingly, it can actually fly slower and lower than many other light aircraft, which is actually quite a feat. This all adds up to a rather unique aerial experience for anyone who is game enough to give open-cockpit flying a go.

Ah yes. We should mention that bit. These wee flying machines are nothing like your typical plane. It could be described as being like a flying trike. You are open and exposed to the elements in most, hence why you need to get nicely wrapped up in a proper flying suit and gloves for your flight. It's also pretty noisy, so a helmet with integrated intercom is a must too, to be able to communicate with your instructor pilot who will be sitting behind you (it's a tandem configuration).

New generation closed-cockpit gyrocopters

Having said all that, there are increasing numbers of new generation gyros that are fully enclosed. The little cabin is rather snug, but it does mean you are protected from the wind a lot more. And you have the advantage of a side by side cockpit, so you can sit next to your pilot and learn and awful lot by watching what they are doing as they fly.

Whichever gyrocopter you choose to fly in, you can be sure of an incredible experience. You’ll be flying fast, slow, low and high, pulling some tight turns and even hovering in these brilliant little machines. And it's all thanks to that former Royal Air Force Wing Commander called Ken Wallis and a certain secret agent! 
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