from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An aircraft, such as a helicopter or autogyro, equipped with wings that rotate about an approximately vertical axis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any aircraft that obtains lift from rotating blades; an autogyro

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A type of flying-machine. See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an aircraft that is supported in flight by unpowered rotating horizontal wings (or blades); forward propulsion is provided by a conventional propeller


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  • Burke Wilford, the gyroplane developer who had organized the 1938 Rotating Wing Aircraft Meeting, was now committed to the quest for the convertiplane himself.

    The Dream Machine

  • 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.

    The Dream Machine

  • Mr Morse died at Long Marston airfield near Stratford upon Avon on Monday following a collision with a gyroplane.

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  • A gyroplane rotor is never powered in the air because it lacks a rear-stabilizing rotor like a helicopter.

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  • Because as a gyroplane it is always in auto-rotate mode.

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  • And the faster a traditional gyroplane flys, the faster the overhead rotor turns creating increasing drag.

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  • "Let us see your gyroplane, I mean aeroscope -- whatever it is you call it," asked Kennedy.

    The Silent Bullet

  • Aviation authorities have previously been criticised for failing to investigate helicopter, gyroplane and ultra light aircraft accidents when there are no injuries or fatalities. The Northern Star

  • She holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating, multiengine and single-engine flight instructor ratings, as well as glider and gyroplane ratings.

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  • 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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