The Gyrocopter Experience

The Gyrocopter Experience - York

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Pilot & Instructor trianing Mon to Fri and Experience flights on Sat. If none of the days suit below for online bookings, please call us. From Nov to Feb we are not at the airfield every day. Please call before visiting to check we are open.


Fly around the stunning Yorkshire countryside in a Gyrocopter. The Gyrocopter Experience York is a full time Gyrocopter Flying School based on the outskirts of the beautiful city of York, next to the village of Rufforth offering Introductory Flights, Pilot Training, Pilot Development Course and Instructor Training Courses. The school is normally open to the public six days a week (Monday to Saturday) and everyone is welcome to come and see the Gyrocopters and have a chat. As well as about 15 modern Gyrocopters, we also have a Gyrocopter Museum, a Gyrocopter Cinema, a Gyrocopter Simulator and a Gyrocopter Shop.

Your first flight in a Gyrocopter

All our Introductory Lessons and Experience Flights are usually flown on a Saturday, when the "Gyroport" becomes a hive of activity. If you are coming for a flight - bring as many friends and family as you want - everyone is welcome. Flights must be pre-booked to ensure we have the correct aircraft and instructors available.

Train to be a Gyrocopter Pilot

Gyrocopter Pilot Training is normally offered as intensive 5 day courses, Monday through Friday. Typically we have two students per instructor and up to three instructors working at one time.

Train to be a Gyrocopter Instructor

The Gyrocopter Instructor Academy, run by Senior Examiner Phil Harwood, is also based at York, where more than 60% of all the instructors training in the UK did their instructor training.

It's Head Office of The Gyrocopter Experience

The Gyrocopter Experience Head Office is also contained within the premises run by our boss, Kati.

Our Aircraft

Open Cockpit

For that "wind in your hair" feeling, we fly the Magni M16C and the Autogyro MTO Sport. Both of these aircraft are simply fantastic with unrestricted views from the open cockpit.

Enclosed Cockpit

For that more luxurious feeling, we fly the Magni 24C Orion. This is a fully enclosed side by side gyroplane.

We offer training in the Autogyro Calidus and Autogyro Cavalon only for people who are owners of their own Gyrocopter.

Meet the Staff

When you visit the Gyrocopter Experience York, you will meet a number of friendly people:

Phil Harwood

Phil is the chap who features in the video "Top Gear for Gyroplanes". He is a Senior Gyrocopter Examiner. He has experienced many different forms of flying over the years, learning first to fly gliders, then fixed wing aircraft and helicopters before taking up gyro flying. As far as Phil is concerned gyros are definitely best of the lot! He has flown more than 5500 hours in both open-cockpit and enclosed cockpit gyros. Phil is passionate about standardisation of training and has written a number of books on gyro training. Much of his time is now spent teaching new Gyrocopter Instructors and consulting on Gyrocopter training and regulation around the world.

Kati Hedger

Kati is Event Coordinator for The Gyrocopter Experience in York and runs things on the ground. If you want to make a booking or ask a question, then please do give Kati a ring and she will do her best to help. Kati is also a qualified pilot and in early July 2008 was proud to become the 3rd girl to qualify for a PPL(G) in the UK. Kati loves gyro flying and is delighted to now be able to fly one for herself, her gyrocopter grin is never far from her face!

Matthew Sellers

Matthew is a Gyrocopter Instructor who was brought up in York. After graduating in '85 he moved to the US with extended stints in the Caribean and Galapagos. He moved back with his family in 2005. Matthew has had a variety of careers including Diving Instructor, Airline Pilot, Multi-Engine flight instructor, Ski Tech, Ship's Engineer, Electrician and several others.

Trevor Elliott

Trevor is a Gyrocopter Instructor. He is a product of the Gyrocopter Experience York; having learnt to fly gyros here. All his flying has been on gyrocopters (they are way too much fun for him to fly anything else). Before taking up flying he has, throughout his career, been involved with training and enjoys helping others develop their skills. Trevor lives locally and has a great love & knowledge for North Yorkshire - which we'll be flying over. He hopes to impart that same enthusiasm to you and there is no better way to see it!

Pauli Murphy

Pauli is a Gyrocopter Instructor who had over 1300 hours of instructing in helicopters before he discovered the joy of Gyrocopters. He is now a Gyrocopter Instructor working, delightedly, alongside Phil Harwood, at Rufforth Airfield, York. Pauli is the proud owner of a top-of-the-range Magni M24 Gyroplane (G-GTFB) and, as he puts it, "hugely enjoys the privilege of seeing someone else evolve their skill in the other seat."