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I take a ride in a beautiful sparrowhawk gyroplane. We did some terrain following, spiral descents and near 0 airspeed vertical descents. It was a TON of fun!
A Gyroplane has freewheeling main rotor blades that are kept spinning by the oncoming air. The aircraft is propelled by a horizontally mounted engine with a prop. Very short take offs and landings are capable. It's a good mix of helicopter and airplane flight characteristics.