Solo-Flights / Advanced Learner Pass (ALP)

A simple and effortless way of finalising your licence and to enjoy the freedom of Gyrocopter flying. 

Yes, you can solo-fly our Gyrocopter. We pride ourselves in being one of the first and therefore leading Gyrocopter schools in Australia, which offers this great customer service to Gyrocopter pilots and students. 

We understand, what a great nuisance it is for most pilot-students, which are basically forced into buying their own Gyrocopter in order to complete their solo-flights, which is a requirement for getting the Australian gyrocopter license. It’s a huge decision and financial drawback for most people, considering that a decent modern gyrocopter can easily cost more than $100,000!

We want you to enjoy the freedom and to focus on what’s most important, your training. Using our Gyrocopter is a great way for our pilot-students to fly solo, finalise their Gyrocopter training in a familiar aircraft and then looking for suitable options on the market before converting to your own gyrocopter.

Completing your training in our Gyrocopter does make learning not only so much easier but most importantly: it makes Gyrocopter-Flying for most people affordable.

Prices for Gyrocopter / Hire   (Tariff Groups)

1 hour Gyrocopter Student-Solo-Flights                   $ 295

0.5 hour Gyrocopter Assessment-Flight                   $ 149

1 hour Gyrocopter with Advanced-Learner-Pass*    $  99

Annual-training-Fee for Advanced-Learner-Pass* $ 3750

Gyrocopter Trailer Hire, Rate per day                       $ 115

Gyrocopter Trailer Hire, Rate per week                     $ 460

(All training prices include: rego, landing fees, fuel, council registration fees and insurance for the time of use if available).

The Advanced-Learner-Pass* 

This pass allows you to fly our Gyrocopter for the lowest possible fare and is a real winner for pilots who really want to safe lots of money and fly frequently.

Practice and improve what you have learned and keep your skill-level up after training, without the immediate need of buying your own Gyrocopter with our Advanced-Learner-Pass. This is a great opportunity for already licensed pilots, who purely want to enjoy the beauty of Gyro-Flying itself in the safe environment of a supervising Chief-Flight-Instructor, without the need of joining a club, renting a hangar and keeping an aircraft constantly checked, maintenanced, serviced and insured etc.

There is a one-off annual fee of $3750 for the Advanced-Learner-Pass, which brings down the hourly rate for the Gyrocopter from $295 to only $99.

Requirements, Terms & Conditions

All student-pilots must have had a minimum of 15 hours of dual-flight training with an instructor from Byron Bay Gyrocopters and must have been checked for their readiness from our Chief Flight Instructor prior any supervised solo-flights.

All licensed pilots must have a current ASRA membership, a class 2 medical and a current BFR and should be familiar with flying a modern two-seater Gyrocopter like a Auto-Gyro, Magni or Ela.

Licensed pilots, which haven’t been flying with us before or haven’t flown for longer time, would need a minimum of a 60 min assessment-flight with one of our instructors before taking-off and they need to bring their log books and other required documentation. Overseas pilots are required to pay a bond of $5000, which we would pay immediately back to you, after returning the Gyrocopter without damage.

(Is your BFR not current? No problem, our flight instructor can do the BFR together with your assessment-flight, to no extra-charge for you)!

Timing & Pricing

We tried to make our pricing fair and simple for everybody. The actual payable time-of-use will be taken from the hour-meter located on the aircrafts dash-board. The minimum period and minimum payable charge is for the first 60min, every following time-of-use accumulated after the first hour is calculated per minutes, according to the standard tariff group. Means, if you use the Gyro (engine running!) for only 68 minutes, you pay only for 68 minutes etc.

Aircraft-Damage and Insurance

The bad news is that there are not many other Gyrocopter schools in Australia offering the same great service what we do with renting-out a Gyrocopter. In fact, there is unfortunately only one more, to our knowledge. The reason is because a hull-insurance costs the school around $10,000 every year and is therefore for most small schools not affordable.

Good news is that our Gyrocopter is insured and in the unlucky event of an serious aircraft-damage (but no write-off) caused by the hirer, the maximum payable fee would be only $8,500 (excess-fee), if the repair costs would be under $50.000. The excess fee is to pay immediately after the first repair-cost assessment from our line-mechanics.

Booking a Gyro, Payment and Cancellation Policy

For all bookings please call us (Phone: 0487 50 25 50) or send us an email. We then would check the availability of our Gyrocopter and let you know as soon as possible and book you in. There is a 20% deposit payable for all scheduled bookings. All payments can be made in cash, credit card (3% surcharge) or via a bank deposit.

If you cannot attend at your pre-arranged and scheduled Gyro-Flight time, Byron Bay Gyrocopters politely requests that 24 hours’ notice is provided for cancellation for a full refund.

We understand circumstances may arise outside of your control however reasonable notice given allows another pilots the opportunity to have the Gyrocopter an hour booked in your place. Additionally, more than likely we already have allocated our personnel or instructor and other resources to get the Gyroplane ready for you, pre-flight check and fuel-up.

You can advise our Flight Instructor to reschedule your flight-time or Assessment-Flight by either calling or sending a SMS to the school on 0487 50 25 50. Alternatively, you can send us an email to:

Should you be unable to provide at least 24 hours’ notice (within reason), you will be charged a non-negotiable hire-cancellation fee of $65 per scheduled hour of hire. Prices are subject to change.

Thank you.