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gyroplane:

see autogiroautogiro
or gyroplane
, type of aircraft supported in the air by a horizontally mounted airfoil similar to that of a helicopter but unpowered. Invented by the Spaniard Juan de la Cierva, it was first flown successfully in Jan., 1923, in Spain.
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gyroplane

[′jī·rō‚plān]
(aerospace engineering)
A rotorcraft whose rotors are not power-driven.

gyroplane

gyroplane
A heavier-than-air rotorcraft whose rotors are not engine-driven, except for initial starting. They are made to rotate by the action of the air when the rotorcraft is moving. The aircraft's means of propulsion, consisting usually of conventional propellers, is independent of the rotor system. Also known as an autogiro rotorcraft.
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Before you strap in for a flight, training is required, as is a gyroplane flying license, Jennings-Baker said.
"That training will typically be undertaken on an enclosed cockpit gyroplane, such as the Cavalon autogyro."
There are now, however, said to be several type approved gyroplanes on the market, many of which are being used for instructional purposes.
The CAA said that no new Permissions for flight training will be granted on homebuild gyroplanes but pilots with an existing licence, who are group owners of an amateur gyroplane, can pay for training or tests in that aircraft, providing the training does not contribute to the granting of a licence or rating.
The very economical and robust ArrowHawk is ideally suited for air tours, air taxi, and like GBA's new, smaller two-seat ShadowHawk Gyroplane, airborne observation.
The ArrowHawk's capabilities were developed from GBA's pre-production four-seat Hawk 4, the world's first turbine powered gyroplane. The Hawk 4 Gyroplane, flown safely since 2000, performed very impressively in an aerial observation role as an important part of security for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jim Tecu has taken to the air in a sail plane glider, a gyroplane and a Cold War vintage Czech jet fighter.
He has flown in a powered parachute, an engineless gyroplane and helicopters of various sorts.
The Hawk 5 gyroplane combines the safety, reliability and cost effectiveness of fixed wing aircraft with the runway independence of a helicopter.
Unlike helicopters, which are expensive and rely on mechanically complex systems, the Skyworks gyroplane is a proven safe, simple, and sustainable technology whose various aircraft have been flying since 2002.
Skyworks Global Inc., is the worldprovider of gyronautics, the study and design of sustained autorotative flight represented by the company's gyroplane technology.
Gyroplane technology company, Skyworks Global, studies and designs sustained autorotative flight.