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Learn to fly a Gyrocopter (Gyroplane). MTOsport training to PPL(G) with GS Aviation, Marlborough, Wiltshire

Gyrocopter (Gyroplane) MTOsport flying lessons to PPL(G)

Training available 7 days a week. By the hour or intensive courses, plus trial lessons/gift voucher experiences.

If you have ever fancied flying a rotary wing aircraft then consider the gyrocopter rather than a helicopter. They are great fun and will put a big smile on your face whilst using considerably less fuel, flying more quietly and being much much cheaper to fly.

Or if you are a flex wingpilot and love the feeling of wind on your face but get fed up with not being able to fly because of the wind is too strong then the gyro with 40kts wind tolerance is for you. You can learn to fly in a gyrocopter (gyroplane) with GS Aviation, a Wiltshire flying school offering gyrotraining to PPL(G) using our new MTOsport aircraft. Ground school, trial lessons and gift vouchers are also available.

Fantastic visibility - cuts through turbulence - 40kts wind tolerance - Great Fun

The MTOsport is one of the new generation of aircraft in the UK, BCAR Section-T compliant, factory built in Germany and final assembly in the UK at Rotorsport UK Ltd's CAA approved workshops. Gyrocopters have come a long way since Little Nellie in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice and are now practical, safe and serious fun to fly machines.

The gyroplane complements our other flying activities. In many ways the aircraft is very similar to our present microlights. Same Rotax engine, same maximum take off weight, similar range and performance with the only major difference that it can land in a much smaller space. The licence required is the PPL(G) which requires more hours than the microlight but then the aircrafts abilities are much broader.

To find out more about lessons, courses, trial flights or gift vouchers contact Graham Slater, GS Aviation on 01672 515535 or Nigel Leak on 01488 658157 or contact us

Click to enlarge the MT-03 Gyrocopter insrument panel Click to enlarge our MT-03 Gyrocopter
MT-03 Gyrocopter insrument panel Our MT-03 Gyrocopter

Click to enlarge On route to Brimpton, near Reading, the MT-03 Gyrocopter Click to enlarge At Brimpton in our MT-03 Gyrocopter. We have also flown into Popham, Chilbolton and Compton Abbas
Fantastic visability from the cockpit. On route to Brimpton, near Reading in our MT-03 Gyrocopter At Brimpton in our MT-03 Gyrocopter. We have also flown into Popham, Wing Farm and Compton Abbas and many other airfields

Click to enlarge MT-03 gyrocopter (gyroplane) G-CFGY landing at Clench Common, Wiltshire Click to enlarge Graham Slater, Chief Flying Instructor of GS Aviation at Clench Common, Wiltshire
MT-03 gyrocopter (gyroplane) G-CFGY landing at Clench Common, Wiltshire Graham Slater, Chief Flying Instructor of GS Aviation at Clench Common, Wiltshire

Prices from 25 Nov 2013

Training is available hourly, as single sessions, pre paid blocks of 10 hours and also as intensive courses. The prepaid 10 hour blocks gives a discount and can then be used over a period of months.

School Aircraft
Dual Instruction £144 inc VAT per hour including short briefings. (Reduced prices for shareholders, see below)

Extended briefings£30 inc VAT per hour

Five day intensive course, Monday to Friday (or by arrangement). 10 hours flying and all short briefings £1420 inc VAT and short briefings. This course is designed to kick start your Gyro flying, and is based on one to one for the 5 days.

20 hour course over 10 days, with a weekend between (or by arrangement). £2820 inc VAT and short briefings. This course will complete almost all of your dual instruction on a one to one basis, and gets you through nearly 50% of your licence requirements.

40 hour course over 4 weeks, with weekend breaks in between the intensive week day flying. Believe me you will be glad of the rest by the Friday of each week! It also gives you time to reflect on the previous weeks flying and to catch up with any ground school etc. £5600 inc VAT covers the flying including short briefs. The longer briefs are charged at 30 inc VAT per hour or pro-rata.This course can be spread over several months to suit individuals availability, and preferences.

All flying courses are structured to allow the student pilot to complete more hours during there allotted course time if required. The extra hours will be charged at the then current pro-rata rate of the course.

We have a policy of payment of a redeamable Bond prior to solo flight, this covers the cost of the insurance excess and out of pocket expenses, this is 2500.

Theory Package (Ground School). Full Ground School course of 17 hours total, covering 4 hours on each of the following subjects, Air Law, Aero Technical, Meteorology, Navigation and 1 hour of Human Performance and Limitations. This NEW power point course includes a set of trial exam questions and answers. This course is based on one subject per day, and will include the written multi choice exam at the end of the day. An exam fee is payable at £30 per subject. Your instructor will be available to clarify any questions and will take you through the trial papers after the lecture. Cost of £400 inc VAT. Suitably experienced students have the alternative of doing one to one ground school with an instructor at £30 per hour.
Starter pack and nav pack including briefing notes and Phil Harwoods Guide to Converting Pilots book, chart, protractor, scale. £200 inc VAT

All flying courses are structured to allow the student pilot to complete more hours during there allotted course time if required. The extra hours will be charged at the current pro-rata rate of the course booked.

If you have you own MT-03/MT-Sport/Calidus Aircraft Tom Galloway's first solo flight in his Calidus at Clench June 2013
Dual Instruction and first 10 hours solo instruction/supervision £90.00 per hour. Ongoing solo instruction/supervision £80.00 per hour /General Skills Test TBA

Ground School
Ground School £30.00 per hour /Exams £30.00 per paper

Club Membership
Student under training £40.00 per year. Full £ 80.00 per year


Trial flight gift vouchers, prices as at 5 April 2013

    Gyrocopter Air Experience Flight/Introductory Lesson - 30 min - 99
    30 minutes in a gyrocopter. Not like any other kind of aeroplane. Subject to suitability of weather the flight may include a short 'hands on' instruction to see what it feels like. Time flown can count towards your PPL G pilots license.


    Gyrocopter Air Experience Flight/Introductory Lesson - 1 hour - 175
    60 minutes in a gyrocopter. Not like any other kind of aeroplane. Subject to suitability of weather the flight can include 'hands on' instruction to see what it feels like. Time flown can count towards your PPL G pilots license.


    Gyrocopter Adventure Flight - 1½ hour - 260
    90 minutes with landing at another airfield and return £260.00. Contact us to discuss possibilities.

Share Ownership Scheme for MTOsport G-CIGS

We have started an optional share package for pilots training through the school. This will be aimed at students learning and then continuing as qualified PPL (G) pilots. We have many years of experience of running similar schemes on our other aircraft.

The details are as follows:
There will be 12 shares of which 10 will be available at £4800 each (to be confirmed)
A refundable bond to cover insurance excess and loss of use of approx 2500 (subject to change based on insurance company at the time) will be required when you go solo and will be returned, subject to no accidents, when you sell your share.
The owners will retain 2 shares.
Monthly charge of £50 paid by standing order to cover hangerage, permit, radio license, maintenance fund etc.
Use of aircraft once qualified £69 per hour wet.
Use of aircraft whilst being trained, dual instruction £109 per hour.
Use of aircraft whilst being trained, supervised solo £99 per hour.
All prices are inclusive of VAT

Outline of 5 day intensive gyro training course:

  • Aircraft is a MTOsport training aircraft.
  • Starts Monday through to Friday or by arrangement
  • One to one basis with your instructor.
  • 10 hours of flying, with the option of more hours if required at a pro-rata rate.
  • Cost of the course includes a maximum of 10 hours flying including instructor briefings (except for long briefings), with more flying available at pro rata dual rates if time allows.
  • If a day is lost due to inclement weather then ground school and written papers on AirLaw, Meteorology, Navigation and Human Performance and Limitations can be substituted, so that every day of the 5 days is filled with additions towards the PPL G licence.
  • The written examination can be taken on each subject when the student is deemed to be ready, these all contribute towards the PPL G licence.

This 5 day course is designed to consolidate both the practical flying and the knowledge required to help achieve the goal of a PPL G Licence. You will be taught on a small, quiet airfield surrounded by beautiful countryside. According to CAA SRG FORM 2101 the required minimum hours for the PPL G is 40h. With a dispensation of 10 hours for qualified aeroplane or microlight pilots and a dispensation of 20 hours for qualified helicopter licences.
Please contact Graham Slater on 01672 515535 or Nigel Leak on 01488 658157.

Converting pilots. Buy this book if you intend to learn

Flying a New Generation Gyrocopter by Phil Harwood Flying a 'New Generation' Gyrocopter: A Guide for Converting Pilots (Spiral-bound)
By Phil Harwood instructor at the Gyrocopter Experience near York. Both Graham and Nigel have used this book and found it an excellent help for the flight training. Available at the airfield office.
Price 48.75 including postage, or 45.00 collect.

Novice pilots, Buy this book if you intend to learn

The Gyrocopter Pilot's Handbook: The flying exercises (Spiral-bound)

Price 48.75 including postage, or 45.00 collect.

All pilots should buy this to understand how rotors work

Rotorcraft Flying Handbook Rotorcraft Flying Handbook
by Federal Aviation Administration
208 pages paperback
Guide Price: Used 11.98, or Kindle 4.96
At first sight this looks like a helicopter manual however chapters 15 to 20 are on gyrocopters and it provides a lot of the technical detail about how rotary wing aircraft fly. I found this a useful read along side Phil Harwoods book mentioned above. Click here to buy the 2012 edition through our Amazon shop


Extracts from the Rotorsport UK Ltd web site

MT-03

The MT-03 is an all new aircraft designed and developed in Germany, and now, in partnership with RotorSport UK, has been developed to be the best in the world in showing full compliance with BCAR Section T, the toughest airworthiness standard around for Sport Gyroplanes. The aircraft will also have the proud distinction of being the first two-seater to have done so. It's an aircraft which is "right" from the ground-up, featuring:
  • Tandem two-seat design
  • Stainless steel fuselage
  • High-tech composite bodywork & horizontal stabiliser
  • 100hp Rotax 912S engine or 115hp Rotax 914
  • Superb quality factory build and finish
  • High performance aluminium rotor system
  • 70-litre fuel capacity
  • Pneumatically adjustable in-flight trim
  • Disk brakes on the main wheels with lockable parking brake
  • Useful load of over 210kg
  • Quiet - meets strict German noise regulations
  • Good looks (and great colours!)

Technical Information:

Empty weight 239 kg
Max Take-Off Weight 450 kg
Payload 211 kg
   
Vne 100 mph
Cruise Speed 80 mph
Minimum Speed 20 mph
   
Rate of climb 980 fpm
Take-off distance 10 m - 70 m
Landing distance 0 m - 15 m
   
Fuel capacity 70 litres
Range over 300 miles
   
Height 2.7m
Width 1.82m
Length 4.95m

Calidus - Enclosed cockpit 2-seater Gyrocopter

The new Calidus The new Calidus
Tom Galloway's Calidus landing at Clench June 2013 Tom Galloway's first solo flight in his Calidus at Clench June 2013

Subject to the success of training in our MT-03 we may order an enclosed two-seater in 2013 as a progression and to allow us to bring more new people in on the training.

  • Tandem two-seat design
  • Fully enclosed with cabin heat
  • Stainless steel fuselage
  • High-tech composite bodywork & horizontal stabiliser
  • 100hp Rotax 912S engine or 115hp Rotax 914
  • Superb quality factory build and finish
  • High performance aluminium rotor system
  • 90-litre fuel capacity
  • Pneumatically adjustable in-flight trim
  • Disk brakes on the main wheels with lockable parking brake
  • Useful load of over 260kg
  • Better than microlight noise limits
  • Good looks (and great colours!)

Technical Information:

Empty weight 240 kg
Max Take-Off Weight 500 kg
Payload 211 kg
   
Vne 125 mph
Minimum Speed 20 mph
   
Take-off distance 10 m - 70 m
Landing distance 0 m - 15 m
   
Fuel capacity 90 litres

For more info on gyrocopter training and gift voucher experiences please contact Graham Slater, GS Aviation on 01672 515535 or Nigel Leak on 01488 658157 or contact us

Copyright ©2014 GS Aviation (Europe) Ltd. Learn to fly in a gyrocopter (gyroplane) with GS Aviation, a Wiltshire flying school offering gyrotraining to PPL(G) using MT-03 aircraft. Tel 01672 515535 Email info@gsaviation.co.uk for more information.