Microlight and Gyrocopter Centre

Gyrocopter
gyrocopter

MTOSport10 “G-CIDF” 2 seat tandem open cockpit Gyrocopter.
Maximum take-off weight 500 kgs
Empty weight: 278 kg
Engine: Rotax 912 ULS 100HP 4 Stroke.
Takeoff distance: 70 to 150 meters
Max endurance: 4 hours
Max range: 250 miles
Cruise speed: 80 mph
Max speed (VNE) 120 mph
Fuel capacity: 70ltr
Compliant with: CAA BCAR Section T

Experience a gyrocopter

Alba Airsports offer you the opportunity to purchase an introductory trial flight and take to the skies in one of these fantastic flying machines.

Also known as an Air Experience Flight, this is an ideal way of experiencing open cockpit flying and the wonderful flight characteristics of the Gyrocopter. If you’ve always wondered what it might be like, then this is the way to find out!

An ideal gift for the budding aviator, we offer 30, 40, 60 and the ultimate 90-minute trial flight. During the flight, you will have the opportunity to take the controls and fly the gyro yourself, or you can simply relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the lovely Perthshire countryside, so don’t forget your camera! If you later decide to train for your private pilot’s licence to fly a gyrocopter, then your air experience flight will count towards your training.

Fly a Gyrocopter at Perth

Operating from the Scottish Aero Club at Perth Airport, Alba Airsports offer gyrocopter training in modern open and enclosed gyrocopters.  Situated in the gateway to the Highlands, we are just three miles to the North East of Perth city along the A94 towards Coupar Angus.

We offer both flight training by the hour, and intensive training courses for ab-initio and converting pilots. We also offer introductory flights for the general public to experience the wonderful world of Gyrocopters. Our aim is to get as many people as possible to experience the thrill of the Gyro.  Book a trial flight today for that special friend or loved one, or simply come and have a go for yourself!

It’s Brill – You won’t be disappointed!

Calidus “G-CLDZ” 2 seat tandem enclosed Gyrocopter.

Maximum take-off weight 560 kgs
Empty weight: 309 kg
Engine: Rotax 914 UL 115HP 4 Stroke.
Takeoff distance: 70 to 150 meters
Max endurance: 4 hours
Max range: 250 miles
Cruise speed: 80 mph
Max speed (VNE) 120 mph
Fuel capacity: 75ltr

Compliant with: CAA BCAR Section T

Learning to fly a gyrocopter

Gyrocopter Pilot Training

As well as pre-booked training by the hour, Alba Airsports also offers an option of 5-day intensive training courses for student pilots. Courses cater for students wanting to train for a Private Pilot’s Licence for Gyroplanes or PPL(G) in addition to advanced flying training for existing pilots. Training courses are held during the week. We have a maximum of two students on each intensive training week. Students take it in turns to fly and depending on their stage of training, may share briefings.

You can expect to fly an average of two and a half hours each day. It might not sound that much, but learning to fly is very absorbing and intense and it takes a while for your brain to assimilate what you’ve been taught. We discourage students from booking intensive training weeks back to back – it isn’t the most productive way to learn as you need time to fully understand and absorb everything you’ve learned. The optimum gap between training weeks is probably between one and four weeks, however, it is not unusual to have students who are learning to fly over a couple of years and have longer gaps between each intensive week.

We fully understand and respect that you will probably use valuable vacation time in learning to fly and we make every effort to fly despite sometimes less than ideal weather conditions. We will sometimes rearrange the order that things get taught in an effort to make the best use of the varying British weather conditions. In the event that flying is not possible, we try to switch our attention to the various ground school topics in order to ensure that time isn’t wasted.

We have had great feedback regarding learning on these intensive courses as opposed to training an hour here or there spread across a long period. It is often helpful to remove yourself from your normal everyday life and fully immerse yourself in flying training. However, if it is not possible to enrol on an intensive training course, then we will accommodate your needs on an hour-by-hour booking basis.

To achieve a full PPL(G) rating you will require the following:

 

  • Complete a minimum of 40hrs flight training (Dual & Solo) for ab-initio students or a minimum of 25hrs flight training for converting pilots.
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 hours of dual flying training in gyroplanes
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 hours of solo flying in gyroplanes including:A minimum of 3 hours of cross-country, defined as a flight which takes the aircraft a straight line distance of more than 10 nautical miles from the departing airfield.Completion of a minimum of two cross-country return flights where a landing is made at an airfield different from the point of departure and the return flight is made to the departure airfield on the same day. The route taken to the destination airfield must be more than 25 nautical miles. Each cross-country flight must follow a different route.

 

  • 5 ground exams covering Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation, Human Performance & Limitations and Gyroplane Technical (only Gyro Technical required for converting pilots).
  • Ground Oral and Flight Skills Test on completion of the course with an approved flight examiner.

 

Don’t be intimidated by the licensing requirements! Our instructors will work with you to prepare you for every step in the process. You can easily accomplish all of the requirements with our help and a reasonable amount of effort. We have a 100% pass rate!

 

** Weight Limit for Gyrocopter  – 16.5st/105 kilos.  Maximum

 

Covid 19 News

We are pleased to announce that dual flight training has now re-commenced with Student Pilots, and we are intending to re-commence Air Experience Flights from the 1st of August onwards. We are now happy to accept bookings and voucher redemptions, so please call to arrange your flight. In line with government guidelines we have implemented some COVID19 mitigations, and these will be discussed at the time of booking.