This past week, I had the opportunity to train in Sebring, FL in this:
This is an ELA Eclipse-10 gyroplane. It is owned by an aspiring-pilot here in North Carolina (edit: he sold it the week after I trained in it, but is ordering another one in green) but it is still with Pictaio Aerospace in Sebring since he doesn’t have a license to fly it. I spent a week there first learning how to fly gyroplanes and then learning how to instruct in them. It was a very intense week but I was endorsed as a gyroplane pilot on Wednesday and as a gyroplane sport instructor on Friday. These aircraft are amazing! I wrote about their possibilities in the mission field a year or so ago, and am only more convinced today.
Here is a picture of another Eclipse driving up a driveway at an airpark in Florida. As part of my training, I transported my instructor (Chris Lord) to several different airports and airparks for demonstration rides with prospective customers and training with students. We cruised at approximately 115-120 mph without the typical turbulence felt in a light airplane on a hot, Florida day. These gyroplanes are very stable and can take-off and land in very short distances (landings are almost 0 distance)!
I am very excited to see where the gyroplane opportunity leads for myself and Great Commission Aviation. I only see promise from here!