So, now for the science part. Though they may look like tiny helicopters, gyroplanes actually use a completely different mechanism to get off the ground. Unlike their hovering cousins, the horizontal rotor of a gyroplane is not powered by the engines – the blades spin solely by the force of air pushing through them like windmill sails. The engine powers a more traditional vertical propeller which can sit either in front of (as in a traditional light aeroplane) or behind (as in most flex-wing microlights) the cockpit, which provides the thrust to get the aircraft moving.
As it gains forward speed, the airflow through the horizontal blades increases, providing an overall lift which pulls the aircraft skywards. This mechanism allows the gyroplane to stay airborne at lower speeds than conventional aeroplanes, though not enough so to allow for hovering.
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