One of the most popular recreational aircraft types is gyroplanes. These flying machines offer a spectacular view, superb maneuverabiliy, very short takeoff and landing, plus they handle stronger winds with relative ease.
For years, gyroplane development has moved toward larger, more elaborate two seaters. That's fine when you want to take a friend but most sport flying is enjoyed solo… so Gyro Technic makes an aircraft to deliver just that, and in very fine form.
Some people still say “Gyrocopter” but that is a brand name from Bensen. Over the last 15 years European designers took earlier American designs and developed the category into some very impressive rotary-winged flying machines. They also improved flight characteristics make modern gyroplanes easier to fly.
As modern gyroplanes returned popularity to the segment, single seaters have started a revival. Gyro Technic, from Minnesota, has displayed their handsome hardware at airshows in recent years.
I discovered Gyro Technic’s VX1 at the Midwest LSA Expo in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Developer and machine shop business owner Denis Schoemaker has created a thoroughly-modern gyroplane with all the present-day knowledge but in single seat form.
Single seat aircraft offer several advantages, notably that a pilot can merely enjoy him or herself without concern about how passenger is handling the flight. Single seaters can also cost less partly because they require less material and don’t need as much engine. Nonetheless, pilots love power and Gyro Technic today offers the four-stroke Rotax 912 as well and the two-stroke 582. Either prove excellent power for a light aircraft.
Combine these attributes with some of the finest, beautifully-accented machine work you’ll ever see to realize Gyro Technic truly has something in their VX1. Lastly, the company is rare in that it also makes its own rotor blades and can supply other producers. Other than engines and tires (and a few other components) Gyro Technic builds their aircraft completely in-house… Made in the USA!
Learn more by following the links below to the company and to all previous articles on this website.
A dozen years ago, fixed wing pilots thought very little about “gyrocopters” — as some people called them.
We continue with further coverage from the first major airshow in almost two years… THANKS to Sun ‘n Fun 2021 for helping present these interesting aircraft and more.
On the last day of the last airshow of the year — unbelievable as that sounds — I examined a superbly-finished gyroplane that Powered Sport Flying‘s Vickie Betts saw at the Mentone PRA fly-in earlier this year.