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Regalpony List of
Canada: Certified Flying Instructors for Gyroplane
(Not complete*)

'Gyrocopter' is really the correct name.
'Gyroplane' has become the designated name because 'gyrocopter' is a trademark.

But these gyros are not aeroplanes. They do not fly like aeroplanes.

Training. A few references:


--> Are Gyros fun flying machines ? or deathtraps.
- Popular Mechanics article
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CFI - Neil Laubach
Gyro Ontario
Location: Waterloo,
Ontario, Canada
Tel: 519-573-0066
Contact: email
CFI - Bruno Anctil
ULP Aviation Inc.
Location: St. Lambert de Lauzon,
Québec, Canada
Tel.: 418-559-4422
Contact: email
CFI - Nicolas Horn
Magni Gyro Canada
Location: Saint-Apollinaire,
Québec, Canada
Tel: + 1 581 998 1460
Contact: email

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CFI - Larry Ellerman
Location: Medicine Hat,
Alberta, Canada
Tel: 403-529-0257,
Work: 403-838-4207
Contact: email
Cell: 403-548-5177
CFI - Jim Logan
Location: Williston Park,
New York, U.S.A.
Tel.: 516-746-3427

CFI - Curtiss Patten Jr.
Location: Waycross,
Georgia, U.S.A.
Contact: email
Website: www
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CFI - Duane Hunn Sr.
Location: Knox,
Indiana, USA
Tel.: 219-772-8072
Work: 219-682-6228
CFI - David K. Overman
Location: Puyallup,
Washington, USA
Tel.: 253-241-9891
Contact: email
CFI - Marion Springer
(retired after 30 years)
See her flying/interview video

"Gyroplanes are a unique aircraft clearly distinguishable from aeroplanes. The most obvious contrast is the rotating primary lift surface of the gyroplane compared to the fixed wing of the aeroplane. The primary lifting surface of the gyroplane also acts as a control surface for pitch and roll movements whereas a fixed-wing uses much smaller ailerons and elevators. Furthermore, this lifting surface suspends the fuselage against gravity during flight.
Rotational freedom about two axes exists at the joint between lifting surface and fuselage. The pilot manipulates these two free rotational axes for rotor control from the fuselage. These design differences translate to controllability differences. In comparison to fixed-winged aircraft, rotor rotation and size provides improved controllability at low airspeeds. In fact current gyroplanes display greater agility than aeroplanes throughout the airspeed range. Advantaged by the rotary-wing, gyroplane control responsiveness varies less versus airspeed than with fixed-wing aeroplanes. However, control inputs still gain sensitivity as forward airspeed increases.
Some pilots find piloting tiresome if turbulent air jostles the rotor disc at higher flight speeds. Novice and non-proficient pilots may be prone to over-control in these same conditions. The two free rotational axes between fuselage and rotor disc removes the ingrained visual reference between wing and horizon for fixed-wing conversion pilots. Rotor motion independent from fuselage motion creates control system movements that further complicate conversion from the fixed-stick, fixed-wing practice." *1


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* Added to as information is received / found      
    *1 - Rotary Air Force Marketing - Publication: RAF Rotor Stabilator - 2003