The origin of the gyroplane dates back to the 1920’s with continued development then a frenzy of activity in the 1930’s that saw rapid advancement and the eventual invention of the helicopter. Commercial interest went the way of the helicopter and the gyroplane was left in the hands of the homebuilder and experimental pilot. To a large degree the gyroplane was very much in the background of mainstream aviation. Apart from the odd appearance at an airshow or in a 1960’s James Bond movie we heard little of the gyro.

A decade or two ago I first saw one of a new breed of gyroplane, it was beautifully built and looked to fly well with impressive performance.  I noted it with interest but took it no further content to continue on my journey with hang gliders and microlights. More and more of these new machines stated to appear and it became increasingly difficult to ignore the growing interest in this form of flight. Since 1985 Adelaide Airsports has specialised in weightshift aircraft but it was not possible to sit back and watch the recent development of the modern day gyroplane and its capabilities without getting involved. 

Designed and built in Italy the Magni range of Gyroplanes are a fully tested and proven aircraft that meet or exceed the standards set out by the UK Civil Aviation Authorities “Section T” certification for Gyroplanes. 

Magni gyroplanes are the result of continuous evolution over many years and have long been recognised for their quality, flight stability and excellent handling characteristics. Vittorio Magni has had a lifelong passion for aviation and in particular for rotor wing aircraft, starting with homebuilt in the 1960s. The first important commercial success comes in 1987 with the release of the single seat MT5 and two seat MT7 manufactured by VPM. In 1996 VPM becomes Magni Gyro, a period of development begins, the gyroplane is developed, tested and perfected. Thus it is Vittorio Magni who is generally recognised as the father of the modern day gyroplane, having solved the stability problems faced by earlier designs.

Indeed it is the Magni Gyros that have been a primary influence on the greatly improved safety of this sector of sport aviation over the past few decades. The safest and most popular Gyroplanes around the world are either Magni Gyros or clones of the Magni Gyro. 

Gyroplanes are rapidly increasing in number as more and more pilots learn of the fun, safety and performance of the modern day gyros and many of their advantages over more conventional light aircraft. The Magni range of Gyroplanes fit perfect with our philosophy of offering quality products, that are easy to own and maintain and above all FUN to fly.

Magni Gyros are imported and backed up in Australia by Airborne (Magni Australia) and Adelaide Airsports are proud to act as the South Australian dealer for these wonderful aircraft. We look forward to introducing our friends and customers to the fun of gyroplanes and in particular the Magni range of Gyroplanes. 

To learn a little more about the gyroplane and to experience firsthand the thrill of flight we offer a Trial Instructional Flight in our gyroplanes. This flight is your first step towards a fun filled world of flight!

See our flying lessons page to find out just how easy that first step is!

See our gift vouchers page for that special gift.

See YouTube for M24 flying from Elliston to Venus Bay, South Australia.

See YouTube for an explanation of how a gyro works from 1931.