What is Gyrocopter?

Gyrocopter, also known as gyroplane, autogyro or rotorplane, is a type of rotorcraft which uses an unpowered rotor in autorotation to develop lift, and an engine-powered propeller, similar to that of a fixed-wing aircraft, to provide thrust. While similar to a helicopter rotor in appearance, the autogyro's rotor must have air flowing through the rotor disk to generate rotation

Size of a Gyrocopter?

Length of 14 feet (4.25 m) long and 8 feet (2.4 m) high, with tricycle wheels stretched 6.5 feet (2 m) from one another. Gyrocopter's emptly weight is about 500 lbs (227 kg). For travel, the rotor blades can be disassembled into a box 11 feet (3.35 m) long. The size is one of the main reasons most people are attracted to it as you can easily store it in a car garage or tow it with a small SUV

Gyrocopter flight ceiling (how high can it fly?)

Most gyrocopter pilots flying up to 3,00 feet. Specially modified gyrocopter can fly almost 20,000 feet(6,096m). So the versatility of the altitude depends more on the local country's aviation traffic rules than on technical capability of the gyrocopter.

Can a gyrocopter take off vertically or hover?

Most gyrocopter require a runway for takeoff for about 50 to 75 feet(15-25m) but it can land with a zero to 20 foot (6 m) landing roll. No gyrocopter can hover becacuse their rotor blades are not powered. However, he slow forward speed of about 5-10 mph is very close to hovering.

Is it easy to fly a gyrocopter?

New and modern gyrocopter models with safer aerodynamic stability designs, are as easy to fly as an airplane and easier then flying a helicopter. One has to remember that a Gyrocopter flies differently than an airplane or helicopter, and flight training is essential whether you are a currently a pilot or not.

Gyroplane flight control

A gyrocopter has a joystick and rubber pedals. The rotors blades are attached to a rotor disc with the rotor head under its middle. Pushing the joystick to the right, tilts the rotorhead to the right. This tilts the rotor disk to the right, and the gyrocopter fuselage (body) moves right. Flying left is achieved the same way. To go faster, the pilot pushes the joystick forward. pushing the right rubber pedal, YAWS (turn right on a horizontal plane) the fuelage to the right. Rubber pedals are used in turns and to line up the gyrocopter with the runway in taxing, takeoffs, and landings. To climb, add power.

Gyrocopter speed

The most common Gyrocopter cruise at 45 mph to 60 mph (72.5 to 96.5 kph). In recent years, Spanish designed gyrocopters are achieving standard speeds of 85 to 115 mph. With hegher speed, also come more expensive engines and hegher price tags.

Gyrocopter aerobatics

Most gyrocopter pilots fly sesibly without trying aerobatics. With a well-trained pilotm a gyrocopter is capable of doing most positive-G aerobatic maneuvers. Negative-G maneuvers which can slow or stop the rotor blades should be avoided.