Aug 082013
 

 

We traveled to Spanish Fork, Utah to add a ride in an Experimental Gyroplane to our bucket list.  This ride was generously donated as an auction event, to earn money for our grandkid’s school.Gyroplane rideGyroplane ride in sky

Although a storm was brewing nearby, the pilot made the decision to take to the air.

We’ve attended many Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) events and dreamed about flying in one of these aircrafts.  This was an exhilarating bucket list experience.

Gyroplane ride airport

Like a helicopter, a gyroplane is a rotary wing aircraft- which means that it has a rotor to provide lift instead of wings like a conventional airplane.

Unlike a helicopter, the rotor is not powered by the engine.  It is made to spin by aerodynamic forces, called autorotation.

Since the rotor is not powered, a gyroplane needs a separate source for propulsion, like an airplane. Gyoplane interior

Riding with an experienced pilot who knows how to push the envelope, made for a great half-hour in the sky.

For more information, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the videos in this blog post: http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2011/04/27/how-gyrocopters-work-an-ultralight-aircraft-that-is-small-cheap-and-easy/

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