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How Much Does a Gyrocopter Cost?

Last Updated on January 20, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Gyrocopters, also known as gyroplanes or autogyros, have become increasingly popular among recreational pilots and aviation enthusiasts in recent years.

But many interested buyers wonder – how much does a gyrocopter cost? In this article, we’ll explore the range of prices for new and used gyrocopters, what factors affect pricing, and the ongoing ownership costs associated with these unique aircraft.

How Much Does a Gyrocopter Cost?

The average cost of a new gyrocopter is between $25,000 and $120,000. This wide range reflects the diversity of models and features available from various manufacturers.

For a used, older model gyrocopter, expect to pay between $15,000 and $40,000 on average. As with any aircraft purchase, many variables influence the final price tag.

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

SilverLight Aviation offers the American Ranger 1 (AR-1) gyroplane with factory-finished fees starting at $10,000 for the AR-1 and $12,000 for the AR-1C.

Barnstormers.com features gyrocopters for sale by owners, with prices starting at $9,000 for a Dominator-style gyrocopter and going up to $150,000 for a factory-built AutoGyro Cavalon.

Light Aircraft DB & Sales lists new and used gyrocopters for sale, with prices starting at $18,000 for a kit.

What is a Gyrocopter?

First, let’s quickly review what defines a gyrocopter. Gyrocopters use an unpowered rotor for lift. Forward thrust comes from a propeller driven by a traditional aircraft engine mounted behind the cockpit. This design provides excellent maneuverability at both low and high speeds.

Gyrocopters differ from helicopters in that their rotor is not engine-powered. They are considered ultralight aircraft in most countries and usually only have one or two seats. Their small size and quick assembly time makes gyrocopters popular for recreational flying and transportation in rural areas.

Factors Influencing Gyrocopter Pricing

The major factors that affect gyrocopter pricing include:

  • Brand and model – More complex, high-performance models from leading brands naturally command higher prices. Entry-level models can be found for lower budgets.
  • New vs. used – New gyrocopters with full warranties carry at least a 10-15% premium over used models. However, used gyrocopters have the benefit of being tested and proven.
  • Features and configuration – Options like luxury seating, advanced avionics and instruments, or enclosed cabins add to the cost. More stripped-down models are generally cheaper.
  • Maintenance history – Meticulous maintenance records for a used gyrocopter increases its value and sales price. Undocumented maintenance is a red flag.
  • Component upgrades – Upgraded components like new engines, rotors, and propellers can increase a used gyrocopter’s value. Original components may decrease value.
  • Overall condition – Cosmetic condition affects price significantly. Gyrocopters with damage, corrosion, or signs of improper storage are less valuable.

Ownership Costs

In addition to the purchase price, gyrocopter owners must budget for ongoing operating and maintenance expenses:

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  • Insurance – $1,000 to $2,000 annually, higher for more complex models. Requirements vary by location.
  • Storage and hangar fees – Between $100 to $500 monthly if stored at an airport. Lower for private property storage.
  • Maintenance and repairs – Budget $2,000-5,000 annually. Will be higher for older models. Regular inspections are mandatory.
  • Fuel – Around $25-50 per hour of flight time. Fuel efficiency is 15-25 mpg.

Other costs like landing fees at airports, pilot and medical certificates, headsets, and other flight gear also add up. Overall, be prepared for about $10,000 per year in ownership costs on top of the purchase price.

User Reviews and Experiences

Gyrocopter owners highlight these key benefits that make the costs worthwhile:

  • “It’s the closest I’ve come to flying like a bird. The open cockpit and maneuverability gives you an incredible sense of freedom in the air.”
  • “I can take off and land almost anywhere which allows me to live outside big cities but still travel easily when I want.”
  • “I can fly for $25 of gas instead of paying over $100 to rent a traditional plane.”
  • “Maintenance is easier and cheaper than complex helicopters and the community provides great support.”

However, there are disadvantages to consider:

  • “It can’t handle high winds or winter weather as well as other aircraft.”
  • “The exposed design means you really feel the elements which can be uncomfortable.”
  • “Learning to fly a gyroplane still takes time and practice. It’s not something you just jump into.”

Expert Insights on Gyrocopter Value

Cockpit of GyrocopterAccording to Matt Johnston, President of AutoGyro North America and gyroplane instructor:

“Given their lower purchase and operating costs compared to helicopters and airplanes, gyroplanes offer outstanding value for recreational flying.

The sense of adventure they provide is unmatched. However, you shouldn’t think of them as just an ‘inexpensive’ option – they still require knowledge, training, and respect for the aircraft’s capabilities.”

Thomas Wittgenstein, Chief Flight Instructor at Atlanta Gyro Flight School says:

“For many pilots, the freedom of easily flying from your own property outweighs the downsides of small cockpits and exposure to the elements. As long as you take the time to get proper instruction and stay within your abilities, gyrocopters are one of the most rewarding forms of aviation.”

FAQs and Expert Answers on Gyrocopter Costs

Are gyrocopters safer than planes?

Gyrocopters have a good safety record compared to other recreational aircraft. Their ability to descend vertically in emergencies and tolerance for off-runway landings improves safety.

However, open cockpits leave pilots more exposed compared to planes. Proper training and sticking to safety procedures is critical.

Are Gyrocopters hard to fly?

Gyroplanes require 20-30 hours of flight training to master basic piloting skills. The basics can be learned relatively quickly due to their stability and responsive controls. However, learning advanced maneuvers takes additional practice and experience. Ongoing training is highly recommended.

What is the age limit for flying a gyrocopter?

In most countries, you must be a minimum of 17 years old to pilot a gyrocopter, and at least 16 for training. No upper age limit exists, but pilots must maintain sound health and pass regular medical exams. Many enthusiasts fly well into their 70s and 80s.


For aviation fans seeking a unique flight experience, gyrocopters offer recreational flying at relatively affordable costs. Prices range widely based on age, features, and condition but expect to budget $25,000 to $120,000 for a new model. Used gyrocopters can cost as little as $15,000.

With proper training and budgeting for ongoing maintenance and operating costs, owning your own gyrocopter can fulfill dreams of flight for a lifetime.

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