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If you currently do not have any pilot’s license, you can fly a gyro by obtaining a sport pilot’s license. You do not need a medical for this; you only need a valid driver’s license.

Training is conducted at Batten International Airport, located in Racine Wisconsin. 


The minimum requirements are:

  • 15 hours of dual training, including at least 2 hours of cross country training
  • 5 hours of solo flight, including at least one solo cross country of at least 50 miles
  • Pass a FAA knowledge test
  • Receive an endorsement from you flight instructor and then do your check ride with a FAA designated pilot examiner​

Prior to flight training:

The student must present either a birth certificate or passport to prove U.S. citizenship prior to training in accordance with the TSA or a FAA license and a picture ID. If you do not have a FAA license and are a foreign national, contact us and we will help you through the process to get your TSA clearance. Allow a minimum of 2 weeks. 250 lbs. weight limit. Purchase a FAR/AIMS and the Gyrocopter Pilots Handbook by Phil Hardwood (Gyropedia available from us) for a home study group school course.

  • Bring a photo ID (driver's license) and a passport or a birth certificate to prove U.S. citizenship as required by Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen and do not already have a FAA license, contact us and we will guide you through the process of obtaining TSA clearance for initial flight training in the U.S.
  • Be prepared to take guidance from your instructor(s). Be prepared to learn!
  • 250 pound weight limit
  • If you have any medical or physical issues, please discuss those with us beforehand

Private Pilot Certificate

​The private pilot certificate requires 40 hours of flight time that must include 20-hour dual instruction in a rotorcraft gyroplane and 10 hours of solo flight in a gyroplane. The private pilot course requires 3 hours of night training and 3 hours of cross country flight training. Existing rotorcraft helicopter certificate holders can gain exemptions from the gyroplane flight time requirements. If you currently do not have any pilot’s license you can fly a gyro by obtaining a sport pilot’s license. You do not need a medical for this, just a valid driver’s license. Training is conducted normally at Batten International Airport, located in Racine, Wisconsin. 

The minimum requirements are:

  • 15 hours of dual training, including at least 2 hours of cross country training;
  • 5 hours of solo flight, including at least one solo cross country of at least 50 miles
  • Pass a FAA knowledge test
  • Receive an endorsement from you flight instructor and then do your check ride with a FAA designated pilot examiner

Students will be allowed to solo in our gyro for purpose of obtaining their license. 

Note: The 30 minute pre-flight brief as well as the 30 minute post-flight brief is included.

This is based on a student with no previous flight experience. The lesson plan will be modified to fit an individual’s prior experience.

Note: The student normally must show proficiency on each lesson before advancing to the next lesson.

Sport Pilot Certificate

We can train initial and add-on students to help them achieve a Sport Pilot Rotorcraft Gyroplane certificate. Flight requirements are 20 hours of flight time in a rotorcraft gyroplane (15 dual instruction and 5 solo). Airplane pilots are still required to fly the full 20 hours in a gyroplane but there are exemptions for pilots with existing rotorcraft ratings (helicopter). Our training center is located in Racine, Wisconsin. Our staff is highly trained and motivated to introduce you to the gyroplane world.  
 
Our training center experience and capabilities include:

  • We train every day, 7 days a week
  • We use a professional gyroplane training curriculum 
  • Training types: initial training, proficiency training, flight reviews, transition from fixed wing and helicopter to gyroplanes, Sport Pilot, Sport CFI, PrivateCFI

Gyroplane Add-On Rating Training Requirements

An existing sport or private pilot adding a sport pilot category and class rating (14 CFR 61.321) may operate a gyroplane after receiving training from a qualified gyroplane CFI on all the items listed in 14 CFR 61.309 and 14 CFR 61.311. The CFI gives you an endorsement stating that you meet the requirements of that part. A second, different CFI conducts a proficiency check on the same knowledge and proficiency requirements. Upon successful demonstration of knowledge and flight proficiency, the second CFI gives you an endorsement and completes form 8710-11. The endorsement allows the pilot to exercise the privileges of the additional category and class of Sport Pilot or Private Pilot. The pilot receives a new certificate in the mail. No minimum hours, no solo requirements, no medical, no check ride, and no knowledge test. ​Most pilots can complete this add-on category/class training in 10- 15 flight hours.

Flight instructor

We can offer training for two flight instructor ratings.
Sport pilot flight instructor: 125 hours of flight time and 15 hours of pilot in command in a rotorcraft gyroplane.

We are an ELA Aviacion USA distributor and training school, with a fully qualified maintenance team complimented by a comprehensive stock of kit gyroplanes.

Frequently Asked Questions

​These are the most common questions that we are asked about training to be a Gyrocopter pilot. If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please contact us

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