Introductory Flights

 

L.A. Gyroplane Aviation invites you to discover the thrill of flight in an open cockpit gyroplane.  We understand that after the initial euphoria of how "cool" a gyro in flight looks, comes the concern of how intimidating flying one must be. Unlike a typical tour flight, you get an opportunity to fly the aircraft with the help of an FAA-Certified flight instructor.

Diverse Terrain
The Concrete Jungle
Heads In The Clouds
The Hollywood sign
LA Memorial Coliseum
Dodger Stadium
Malibu
The Beach
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Gyros provide a uniquely stable flying experience as they are not affected by wind and turbulence like conventional airplanes.  You will be provided a protective helmet with a face shield, and fitted with a headset for clear communications in flight. You will be immersed in an expansive landscape as you depart the airport.  As you reach safe altitude, you will get the opportunity to fly the aircraft under the expert guidance of your flight instructor.  You will get to leave the hustle and bustle of the big city and get a one-on-one experience. Choose from the 30-minute, 60-minute or 90-minute flights and explore the L.A. Basin. Come fly with us today and figure out for yourself if flying gyroplanes is something you would enjoy doing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this an aerial tour?


No. The main goal of this flight is teaching you about the easiness and fun of this sport. This is a hands-on flight lesson with an FAA-Certified Flight Instructor. Within few minutes in the air, you should be quite comfortable in flying the aircraft straight and level and doing gentle turns. We want you to come away from your flight with an experience of a lifetime and the feeling of “I can do this.”




What should I wear?


In general you will be dealing with slightly colder temperatures at flight altitude, and strong winds in the open cockpit. Shorts and a t-shirt are fine on the ground on a hot day, but in flight we recommend long sleeves to protect your skin from the sun and the wind. For colder days we recommend a heavy jacket and gloves. Think of it as riding a motorcicle in the skies. Closed-toe shoes and socks are required. You will be provided with a fully enclosed protective helmet. Also keep in mind that early morning flights may demand warmer clothing.




Do I lose my money if our flight is canceled due to bad weather?


Absolutely not. We only charge your credit card after your lesson. The pilot makes the determination on weather conditions as he is an experts on its effect on flying. Cancellations made by you, with less than 24-hours’ notice are subject to full charge. Also, be aware that if we experience a short weather delay anytime during our daily schedule, it can delay your lesson time as well.




Can this Introductory Lesson be counted as official flight training time in my log book?


Yes! You will receive a signed Flight Certificate after your lesson to allow you to credit your total flight time toward a pilot’s certificate if you decide to continue your flight training. If you are already a licensed pilot, your flight time can be entered into your pilot's log book. We have pilot log books available for purchase.




Do you offer advanced training?


Yes, we offer training all the way through solo Sport Pilot. Primary pilot training is available in our aircraft or yours (providing it meets safety standards). Call for package rates.




Can I solo in your aircraft?


No. Our insurance will not cover student solo flight. We can assist you in selecting a safe and reliable aircraft for you to purchase for your solo flight however.




Are there age limits?


Children must be at least 4'6" tall and 9 years old. We have no upper limits on age.




Are there weight and height limits?


Yes. In order to satisfy the weight and balance requirements of the aircraft while in flight, and to ensure comfortable fit in the passenger seat, we have established maximum weight of 220 lbs., and maximum height of 6’2”.




How safe is it?


The modern gyroplane is inherently a very safe aircraft, and we fly the latest state-of-the-art machines which are meticulously maintained. In flight we always select sufficient altitude to safely glide to a safe landing area in case of emergency. You will fly with an experienced FAA-certified flight instructor.




Can I bring a camera or water bottle?


No. Loose articles in a high-speed open aircraft can be a safety hazard, especially with a spinning propeller behind us. Although we fully understand the desire to record these magic moments, we have found that trying to be a photographer while taking your introductory lesson takes away from the experience. We offer photo packages to document your lesson.