Gyros - I suggest you read the text while photos are downloading.
WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
It has been said ( by me! ) that if you haven't flown in an autogyro
- generally known as gyros - then you haven't lived. They look like such
amazing little flying machines that you can't help thinking "wow, I
wonder if flying one of those is as much fun as it looks?". Well, the
answer is YES, it is. When you realise that there is nothing directly
driving those rotors other than the wind passing back through them then
the word 'magic' springs to mind. Of course, a little more insight into
the aerodynamics of gyros reveals that it is the propeller which gives the
forward motion, while the wind passing through the rotor provides the lift
- but magic is still the right word to describe them!
When you have read this page I suggest you visit some of the other pages
(more than 30!) on this gyro website, by clicking on the links in the 'Links
table' at the bottom of this page - and most of the other pages too.
25 September : Photo changed
lower down this page. Air to air on the 8 White Horses flight ( - I will
update the White Horses page when I get a moment.)
29 September : The return flight
of the RAF 2000 gyros from 'Magni Day' in Italy back to the UK. Click HERE .
3 October : a new gyro added
to my "Gyros on Floats" page,
gyro13. This is a big page now - if people have trouble with the photos
loading then please let me know.
22 October : The North West
Gyroplane Club now have a new and growing website showcasing all their activities.
It is added to my Links Page, but shortcut to it here: www.nwgyro.co.uk
.When I have got the Nov/Dec issue of Fly Gyro! out and away,
I promise to do some serious updating on this old site!
17 November : My "Rarely
flown UK single seat gyros" page gyro5
updated - including the latest Air Command situation.
patchwork of English fields either side of the M5 motorway near Dunkeswell
Airfield, Devon. A much better view than from a car, I think you would agree?
- to see a MUCH bigger, brighter version of this photo (82kb), set
your browser to 'Full Screen' and click on the photo. It is just
what you need on a rainy day!
Lhermette flying his RAF2000 2seat gyro over the Kent countryside - or it
may even be the French countryside as Marc has recently flown this gyro
across the English Channel to France, then down South to a gyro Rally. Who
says that you can't go long distances in a gyro?
The photo above shows Keith Balch's VW Bensen gyrocopter at the beautiful
Cornish coastal airfield of Perranporth - I shall always have a soft spot
for Perranporth as I did my first solo circuit there.Those with sensitive
ears will be glad to know that Keith had some silencers made up for this
Flying in a group on our annual 8 White Horses
flight. If this looks like fun - believe me, it is!! But get yourself
proper training if you want to fly one. If I can fly one then so can you
- I had never flown anything (except a kite!) before flying gyros but nobody
should even think about flying one without proper training from a qualified
gyro instructor. (See Fly Gyro! magazine's "Gyro Links"
page for a list of instructors worldwide)
A word about Edwin Shackleton who took the photo at the top of this page
: Edwin appears in 'The Guinness Book of World Records' every year
as the person who has flown in more different types of aircraft than anyone
else. I last checked with him on September 17, 2001 and his record
stood at 724 types. Don't expect me to keep this up to date ! Edwin
has flown in all of these types of aircraft as a passenger - he is not a
My gyro back down on the ground again at its farm strip. For the technically
minded : it is powered by a direct drive 1834cc VW engine, has a 22ft Dragon
Wings rotor and 52"diam x 28"pitch Prince P-tip propeller.
This page was originally intended just to show potential customers to
my work website that my family and I continue to do interesting things after
5 o'clock in the afternoon when we usually stop working. Surprisingly to
me it has proved very popular, and so for the real gyro enthusiasts among
you I have added, and will continue to add, some further gyro pages (there
are 29 gyro pages here already!). This website is very much UK based
(if I ever earn any money I would love to broaden my gyro flying horizons
by flying gyros elsewhere in the world!) though there should be plenty of
international gyro general interest here, and there is now a table at the
bottom of this page with a selection of gyro topics for you to choose from.
'Gold Award' given to this site by Helicopteros - The Page (see links).
This flying machine was, of course, designed by that well known gyro enthusiast
Leonardo da Vinci. If you want to know what the small globe icon is, click
on it to see very detailed statistics of visitors to this site - an excellent
free service for which I thank eXTReMe Tracking.
What we do ........ interesting carving projects
- and things you can buy - which help afford to keep the old gyro flying.
Fed up with gyros? try a beast ....
What's new .... latest updates on the rest
of my main (non-gyro) site.
FLYING LINKS ..... constantly
growing. Try them when you are ready to leave this site - they are all good
return to my main site (non-gyro) homepage .
. . . back to reality !
Mel's gyro training .... if you
have nothing better to do then you could have a read of these old stories
from 'Ultralight Rotorcraft'. (You may want to read them off-line - they
are quite long). - And 2 more magazine articles HERE
The '8 White Horses flight', August
21, 1999, and details for the 2001 flight.
View of Mel's cockpit ...... (and text)
taken in flight to answer questions received about the instrumentation on
Trying flying high! ...... a flight
I made on Mid Summers Day, 2001.
' Mel's Gyro Page ' (gyro homepage) - you're
in it !!
Ken Wallis page
gyro photos taken while filming for TV series
single seat gyro types commonly flown in the UK (Cricket
types, Bensen, Montgomerie Bensen)
single seat gyro types rarely flown in the UK (Wombat,
KB2, Air Command, Hornet, McCandless, etc.)
2 seat gyro types commonly flown in the UK (VPM M16, RAF2000)
2 seat gyro types rarely flown in the UK
an assortment of other pages - several sub-pages to this
interesting projects going on
International gyro page
Gyros on Floats
Stop browsing this and get proper training to fly gyros
in the U.K. (this link will take you to the BRA
Fly Gyro! magazine
The new international magazine (printed) for enthusiasts
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