For those of you that have decided to take the plunge and gain the full Gyrocopter Private Pilot Licence PPL(G), you have chosen the right place to learn. Our personal and professional flight training programme in alliance with the International Association of Professional Gyroplane Training (IAPGT), offers the very latest in worldwide best practice, with a fully integrated e-learning platform. The Gyrocopter Experience has taught hundreds of pilots over the last 10 years, and remains the world leader in Gyrocopter Flight Training.
Student pilots are usually booked in for weekly intensive courses (Monday to Friday), with an expectation to complete around 10 hours of flight training plus classroom briefings. The benefit of this structure enables students to make large advances in their understanding and skill level in a relatively short period of time.
Flying from Inverness International Airport gives you the unique perspective of the professional pilot. You will learn to become confident speaking to Air Traffic Control, and flying into commercial airports. You will also have the benefit of landing away at General Aviation Airfields as well as Farm Strips. The versatility of the Gyrocopter, along with the professional outlook of the Gyrocopter community has quickly allowed us to access the full range of flight services in the UK. The aircraft might be small, but we are making a big impact within the aviation community.
Due to the placement of Inverness within its mountainous surroundings and the sea, we enjoy a surprisingly pleasant micro-climate. We receive far less rain than usually expected across the Highlands, which allows us to fly for most of the year.
We have recently seen the introduction of the Gyroplane Night Rating and the Commercial Pilot Licence CPL(G). Gyrocopter Experience instructors are the first in the country to gain these qualifications, and are leading the way in its development.
Moving forward, there are a number of advanced courses for existing gyrocopter pilots under development, and at Inverness we are working towards offering specialist Mountain Flying and Beach Landing courses.
Open Cockpit MTO Sport Gyrocopter Flight Experience (Passenger seat / rear)
Training Rates, when registered for an ongoing training course (Pilot seat / front)
Dual Instruction in an Open Cockpit MTO Sport School Gyrocopter (hours 2+)*
£159 per hour
Supervised Solo training in a School Gyrocopter*
£159 per hour
Dual Instruction in your own Gyrocopter**
£90 per hour
Supervised Solo Training in your own Gyrocopter**
£90 per hour
Extended briefings and groundschool
£48 per hour
£30 per paper
* This rate is for students receiving ongoing training and applies from the second hour of training onwards. All landing fees at Inverness Airport are included when using a School Gyrocopter. Most lessons are designed for a flight time of around one hour. Whilst times may vary slightly, students are only charged at the pro-rata hourly rate (from engine start to engine stop). Please note that flight times are occasionally extended due to take-off / landing priority given to other Airport traffic.
** Students using their own Gyrocopters will be required to pay for their own landing fees and ancillary costs.
In order to fly solo in a School Gyrocopter you must agree to the following:
You will sign a "Solo student aircraft usage agreement" often called a "Bend it, Mend it" agreement, which states that you will be responsible for any uninsured losses to the flying school whilst the aircraft is in your care.
You will pay us a refundable bond of £5,000 prior to solo use of the aircraft, which we will hold until you complete your solo training. Providing that the aircraft is returned to the flying school in the same airworthy condition as provided to the student pilot, the bond will be returned in full. If any damage is caused to the aircraft during the time in the student pilot's possession the student pilot will forfeit the bond. Depending on the severity of the damage and the timescale for replacement or repair of the aircraft, a percentage of the bond may be returned to the student pilot at the discretion of the flying school.
Your maximum liability is limited to a total of £7,500 of which £5,000 will have been pre-paid (see item 1 above).
You will also be required to pay £450 towards the solo insurance costs. This is non-refundable and lasts for up to a year.
Access to the approved training course
All Gyrocopter Experience student pilots are required to be able to access the online training and e-learning platform held within the GyropediaTM. The Gyropedia (developed by the International Ascociation of Professional Gyroplane Training IAPGT) is a one-stop-shop for all Gyrocopter students, pilots and aircraft owners, and you will come to rely on it throughout your flying career. The subscription is currently £120 per annum.
Membership of the local flying club
All students training at Inverness Airport are required to become members of The Highland Aviation Flying Club at a cost of ?95 per annum. Club membership covers the use of all Highland Aviation clubhouse facilities, free Wifi, free Inverness Airport parking at the Highland Aviation car park, and is valid for 12 months from purchase. Free one-day membership is granted to customers taking a Gyrocopter Flight Experience / Gyrocopter Trial Flight.
In March 2013, the law changed to allow factory built Gyrocopters to be hired in the UK. When you obtain your Gyrocopter Pilot's licence there is now an option to hire aircraft subject to a set of terms and conditions. If you own a Gyrocopter and you would like make an income from hiring it out to other pilots (or Instructors), please contact us for details. At present the flying school does not hire out school-owned aircraft.
Purchase flight time online
Please follow this link to purchase flight vouchers and see discounts for bulk purchases.