How Much Does a Gyrocopter Cost?
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How Much Does a Gyrocopter Cost?

Last Updated on May 20, 2023 | Written by CPA Alec Pow
First Published on October 5, 2021 | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popivker

The gyrocopter is a modern rotorcraft, which in addition to its feature of diversified use, low operating price, and special flight, nowadays is the safest aviation instrument in the world. It is very similar to a helicopter and when seen from far away, it might be mistaken for one.

The gyrocopter is also known as a gyroplane or autogyro. It is a helicopter-like aircraft that uses a rotor without a motor (propeller) to generate the force of ascension (vertical movement). The traction force (horizontal displacement) is provided independently, usually by a motor-driven propeller.

Gyro is not intended to be a substitute for either an airplane or a helicopter, and yet it demonstrates its exceptional “capability” in several areas, as well as its special facilities both during service flights and pleasure flights. It uses an engine and is known to reach speeds of 112 mph in the air. But how much does a gyrocopter cost?

How much does a gyrocopter cost?

The cost of a gyrocopter is anywhere between $26,000 and $155,000, depending on the place you are buying it from, design, producer, characteristics, and brand.

In the table below we give you some of the most popular models and their price estimates.

Make/Model Average Price
Aerotek ELA G8 Cruser $65,000
ABS AeroLight Xenon Ultralight Gyrocopter $87,000
Aerotrek ELA G8 Ranger. $60,000
Aerotek ELA G10 Eclipse $97,000
Airgyro Cavalon $118,000
Airgyro Calidus $95,000
ArrowCopter AC20 $165,000 starting price
Airgyro MTO $70,000
Sport Copter Lightning $25,000
Auto Gyro GmBh Cavalon Gyrocopter $85,000
Sportcopter II $89,000
Sport Copter Vortex M912 $68,000

If you’re looking to buy a gyrocopter, is the place to go. From Dominators with prices starting at $10,000 all the way up to the 2012 AutoGyro Cavalon model which can cost as much as $128,000. But don’t just take our word for it and check out their gyrocopter for sale classified ads section to see what they have going on right now.

A gyroplane is a lightweight aircraft that can be built from plans for less than $12,000. The plans and kits are available on PRA websites in both single-seat or two-seater models.

You might also be able to find second-hand gyrocopters for sale, although it will be better to buy a new one rather than a used one for safety reasons.

Gyrocopter details

You can also build your own gyrocopter, as many gyrocopters are built from a kit by enthusiasts. If light enough, they are governed by FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) rules on ultralight and amateur-built aircraft.

The gyrocopter needs some space to take off – at least 90 meters long and 20 meters wide. And this is dictated by its working principle. Even though it looks like a helicopter, a gyrocopter takes off almost identically to an airplane, although it requires less space. A gyrocopter (also called a gyroplane) has two propellers, one small in the back, which propels it forward, and another large, above, like a helicopter, but it is not rotated by the engine, but by air. Thus, if the engine fails, the large propeller continues to rotate, and the pilot will be able to glide up to 5 kilometers and land safely. This would be impossible with a helicopter.

The gyrocopter needs an area of only 0 to 5 meters for landing.

What are the extra costs related to gyrocopters?

Completing the required flight training to receive an FAA gyroplane rating can be expensive. Gyrocopter flight training can cost between about $1,200 and $3,500. Many dealers require that buyers first complete proper coursework at a certified facility before the purchase of a gyroplane is allowed.

You might also like our articles about the cost of an A&P license, to become a pilot or the cost of hangar space.

People who are looking to learn how to fly gyroplanes will need 30 hours of training. If you have previous flying experience, it takes only 10 hours before the conversion can be completed and the cost is around $190 an hour with discounts given when purchasing bulk packages at some schools.

A gyroplane is an amazing machine that can take you anywhere. But like anything else, it needs routine maintenance and care. The cost of maintaining one may be about $600 or less depending on what services are needed after a time period has passed.

Personalization is a great way to make your gyrocopter unique and fun. The designs that are available for purchase, such as logos or initials can be applied in the same manner as with car customization options like window stickers. These will usually cost extra depending on how large they need to be.

Important things to consider

Cockpit of GyrocopterIt’s important to have the right equipment for your flight. If you’re flying with a gyrocopter, then it is necessary that pilots follow strict regulations and be able-bodied individuals over 18 years old who meet certain standards in both size and weight limit restrictions. Gross masses of 254 pounds or less require a pilot license, while you will be required to hold a student’s pilot license for those greater than this amount.

Gyrocopter manufacturers can enhance the stability of their craft by adding a kit that gives customers an alternative to using single-bearing rotors. The unit adds two more pairs for greater torque distribution and balance, which in turn makes it easier for inexperienced pilots to keep things stable while they learn maneuvers from scratch.

The new gyroplane models have been created with safer aerodynamic stability designs that decrease their sensitivity to turbulence, which makes them less likely to get damaged in rough weather conditions.

The gyrocopter has an almost unlimited lifespan, as long as you don’t mind spending time in the air. Depending on which parts need overhauling or replacement (rotor blades and engine), it’s estimated that most models will have a maximum life span between 1,000 and 2,000 hours before needing maintenance again.

Who needs a gyrocopter?

  • Those who practice piloting as a hobby and do not want to become sports pilots.
  • Someone who wants to spend a lot of time flying and, above all, wants to feel safe.
  • Those who want to cover not only the well-known distances but also aim to take part in smaller or larger tours.
  • Those who do not want to fly alone, as a result, from time to time, would gladly take a friend, a girlfriend, a child, a business partner, etc. with them.
  • Those who know that sooner or later they have to go beyond the borders of the country, either alone or with someone, joining a group, where of course there are not only Gyros.
  • Those who want to enjoy their hobby not only on hot summer days but throughout the year.

Reducing your gyro helicopter costs

A gyroplane is a popular and affordable option for those looking to get their pilot certification. If you’re interested in this type of flight training, be sure to look into whether any discounts are available from your local school or company before purchasing hours-in-bulk so that it will cost less than regular rates.

Find out which gyrocopter kit is best suited to your needs and skill level by making a list of all available models and their prices and with the help of an instructor choose one.

Building your own model will be cheaper than purchasing one that is already built, and you can also save a lot of money by buying used models.

Alec Pow
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