Planning a trip to South Cebu?
Let an experienced and licensed pilot take you to the skies in an open cockpit gyrocopter. There you will be able to leave your stresses behind and enjoy the beauty of South Cebu in a bird’s eye view.
My pilot husband invited me to go for a flight one sunny Sunday afternoon. He wanted me to experience riding the gyrocopter just like any of his passengers would. Nothing more, nothing less.
You see, I have a fear of heights. This is my way of dealing with my fear, by getting myself into height defying activities such as skydiving, parasailing, zip lines and the like. I had to swallow the ball of anxiety in my chest and said yes.
However, learning more about this machine and its safety is reassuring. The quickened pulse of anxiety before take off is normal but the fear disappeared as soon as I left the ground. The beauty of the south below me is such a powerful distraction and a life changing one at that.
A gyrocopter (pronounced “jairo-k?pter”) is an ultra light aircraft. This particular model, MTO Sport, made by Auto Gyro based in Germany, fits a pilot and only one passenger.
As you can see, it is open. It has a total weight limit of 500 kilos all inclusive of the aircraft, both pilot and passenger and the gasoline. It runs on unleaded gasoline, just like a normal car.
The pilot sits in front while the passenger takes the rear seat.
Unlike a helicopter, a gyrocopter can’t just take off and land anywhere. A runway with a minimum distance of 200 meters is required. The engine at the back propels it forward and its auto rotating rotor lifts it.
It is considered safe because when the engine stops mid-air, the rotor will continue to rotate. You can safely glide to a suitable place to land. Roughly, a clear area with less than 30 meters length is enough for landing.
Proper gyrocopter flight training and a good number of flying hours are required to fly this machine just like any other ulta light aircraft. My husband trained and earned his flying license in France, both for solo flights as well as with passenger.
At one point, my husband turned off the engine mid-air to demonstrate how secure this machine is. We glided in the air for several seconds until he turned the engine back on again. What a feeling!
Wearing a helmet with a built-in headset, I was in constant communication with him throughout the flight. His calm and forthcoming instructions of what we were about to get into while we were up in the air made me enjoy the flight and the scenery even more.
What to Wear?
Sun protection. Sunglasses. Something comfy. Girls need to tie their hair, ideally into a low bun.
Taking photographs was a challenge. Imagine taking pictures inside a wind tunnel. You’ll have to secure your phone. Selfie sticks not longer than 40 cm (18 inches) please.
There is a weight limit. Passenger should not exceed 115 kg.
Contact: Fly a Gyro Cebu
How to Get There?
Major airlines fly to Mactan, Cebu from Manila, Clark, Davao, and other Philippine destinations.
Make your way to Casay airstrip between Argao and Dalaguete. From Cebu City, take a south bound bus going to Oslob/Dalaguete /Bato at Cebu South Terminal. Please ask the driver to drop you off at Casay, at the junction going to Dalaguete Beach Park.
Casay Airstrip is located on your right. Fly a Gyro Cebu is situated towards the end of the air strip so you might want to either, take a habal-habal or hire a tricycle. It’s quite a walk.
It takes more or less 2 hours from Cebu City to the airstrip, depending on the traffic.
No walk-ins. Please book your flights in advance to ensure we’re available and ready when you arrive.
Is a trial introductory flight something that you would like to try?
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