Can’t afford a helicopter? Try a gyroplane.
Helicopters are cool but complicated and expensive. For the recreational pilot, a much simpler and more affordable alternative is its cousin, the gyroplane. The two types of aircraft look very similar – both are held aloft by rotating blades – but a gyroplane’s rotor isn’t powered, relying instead on the aircraft’s forward motion through the air to keep it spinning. A gyroplane can’t take off vertically, but it’s nearly as maneuverable at low speeds, and with a bit of a headwind it can land on a dime. Unfortunately, you can’t buy a newly manufactured gyroplane in the United States; the only models for sale are marketed as kits. One of the most popular gyroplane makers is Butterfly, whose models start at $22,495.00.Back to top