On December 21, 2013, an eighteen year old Singaporean student and his pilot lost their lives to a gyrocopter crash. The accident happened in Victorian bushland, Australia. The bodies were found a day after the crash at Kinglake National Park.
Have you heard about gyrocopter or gyroplane? If not, you can refer to this page. The official term for the gyrocopter or gyroplane is rotorcraft. Gyroplane is a small and fast aircraft that usually carry 1 or 2 passengers. Here are other things that you need to know about gyroplane:
- Size: A gyroplane weighs 227 kilograms. The length of the single seat is 4.25 meter long and 82.4 meter high. The gyroplane’s rotor blades are portable in the sense that it can be disassembled into a box of 3.35 meters long. People are enticed to gyroplanes because of its compactness. You can easily store it in your garage if you want.
- Speed: The speed depends on several factors. If you invest on your engines, you will surely attain higher speed. It is expensive but rest assured you will be satisfied. Ordinary gyroplanes can cruise up to 45 to 60 miles per hour. Italian and Spanish gyroplanes are going for 85 – 115 miles per hour.
- Flying ceiling: The gyroplane can fly depending on its modifications. Some are satisfied with 3,000 feet while there are others than can fly up to 20,000 above the ground. You will see that the flying ceiling does not matter as long as your gyroplane is equipped to deal with higher altitude. The issue here is the limit because of your locality’s aviation rules.
- Advantages: A gyroplane offers cheaper flying. Owning one will not cost you millions of dollars. You do not need a hangar to store it because it can fit in your garage. Part of its cheapness is its low maintenance and fuel costs. You will have a superb view from your seat because of its large windows and open cockpit.