Photographs by Simon Ledingham
There are many aerial photographs on this website, taken by Simon Ledingham from his gyrocopter. Unfortunately we cannot supply original copies of any of his photos for publication, or prints. You have permission to use the pictures on other websites or leaflets only for non-commercial use, as long as you credit the picture with ‘Simon Ledingham, visitcumbria.com’. Commercial use is not permitted, and commissioned aerial photography is not available. So just enjoy what you see here.
Gyroplanes share the generic category of “Rotorcraft” with helicopters.
Like a helicopter, a gyroplane generates the lift needed to fly by using rotors rather than wings – that is the one and only similarity they have. Unlike a helicopter, the rotors are not actually powered – all they need to keep moving is a flow of air over their surfaces. The lift this creates will become a self-sustaining force which both keeps the aeroplane in the air and keeps the rotors turning. Also unlike a helicopter, a gyroplane has a propeller which is powered by the engine to generate thrust which moves the machine forward.
For more information about gyroplanes, see www.gyroplanes.org.
See Simon’s photos at Geograph.
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