American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An aircraft, such as a helicopter or autogyro, equipped with wings that rotate about an approximately vertical axis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A type of flying-machine. See the extract.
- n. an aircraft that is supported in flight by unpowered rotating horizontal wings (or blades); forward propulsion is provided by a conventional propeller
“Burke Wilford, the gyroplane developer who had organized the 1938 Rotating Wing Aircraft Meeting, was now committed to the quest for the convertiplane himself.”
“Since then, Wilford had built a gyroplane, a machine similar to an Autogiro, based on a design he had bought during a visit to Germany in the 1920s.”
“Mr Morse died at Long Marston airfield near Stratford upon Avon on Monday following a collision with a gyroplane.”
“A gyroplane rotor is never powered in the air because it lacks a rear-stabilizing rotor like a helicopter.”
“Because as a gyroplane it is always in auto-rotate mode.”
“And the faster a traditional gyroplane flys, the faster the overhead rotor turns creating increasing drag.”
“Let us see your gyroplane, I mean aeroscope -- whatever it is you call it," asked Kennedy.”
“Aviation authorities have previously been criticised for failing to investigate helicopter, gyroplane and ultra light aircraft accidents when there are no injuries or fatalities.”
“She holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating, multiengine and single-engine flight instructor ratings, as well as glider and gyroplane ratings.”
“On the contrary our future cities, because of the aerial eye, will be flat-topped, and two out of every three buildings will serve as some kind of landing area for a super-auto gyroplane or a transcontinental express.”
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