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Over 35 Years of Flying Experience

Aviation Consultancy and Instruction

Flying Instruction Consultancy


The most fun you can have in the air!

 Fun Flying Lessons Professional Flight School

Welcome to TYRO Aviation

Come Fly With Us!

Fun Flying Lessons Professional Flight School

Come Fly With Us!


Since first take-off in 1977, I haven’t lost any enthusiasm for flying and the exhilarating satisfaction it brings.

After retiring from over 30 years of military flying, split between fixed and rotary wing, I established TYRO Aviation with the support of my wife, Helen.

TYRO was formed to share my skills and knowledge with those who wish to learn to fly, or to improve their flying.
Whether instructing on elementary aircraft or advising military air forces on specialist techniques and procedures, TYRO Aviation is designed to impart over 10,500 hours of experience for the benefit of others.

We will also offer Gyroplane trial lessons, which are a great opportunity for experienced flyers and novices alike to try something new.

Take a look around our brand new website and please do get in touch to discuss how we can help you reach your aviation goals.

Ian ‘Arfur’ Bryant MBE – Flying Instructor and Consultant

What We Do

Gyroplane Experience Flights

Gyroplane Experience Flights

The gyroplane is a truly amazing machine and is very safe, especially in the hands of a skilled pilot.  You will always remember this exhilarating experience of learning and fun!  Come fly with us:

Fun Flying Lesson: £125 (inc. VAT) – click here to order

A unique introduction to the joys of flying!

This is our basic trial lesson that manages to combine a busy, short flight with a huge amount of pure fun!

  • Meet at your choice of airfield (St Athan in South Wales or Henstridge in Somerset – contact for other options)
  • Safety brief
  • Aircraft induction
  • 20+ minutes airborne – with basic or advanced manoeuvres (your choice)
  • Certificate (hard copy)
  • Picture (digital copy)
  • click here to order

You should allow 2 hours total for this lesson

You may either sit in the front seat to learn more about the aircraft controls or the rear seat if you’d prefer to mostly just sit and enjoy the view.

Extended Flying Lesson: £185 (inc. VAT) – click here to order

Achieve more on your lesson with a longer flight. Enjoy more of the local area and challenge yourself to more advanced controls.

  • Meet at your choice of airfield (St Athan in South Wales or Henstridge in Somerset – contact for other options)
  • Safety brief
  • Aircraft induction
  • 40+ minute airborne – with advanced control
  • Certificate (hard copy)
  • Picture (digital copy)
  • click here to order

You should allow 2.5 hours total for this lesson

Bespoke flights for military or corporate customers: price on application. Contact Us

Video Footage of your flight can be provided for a small extra charge.


Get the most out of the incredible gyroplane and make a whole day of it. Spend a few hours with our instructor on a longer, bespoke lesson that allows you to learn more flight controls and manoeuvres as well air operations. Experience a greater variety of locations and discover that gyroplane flying is just as exciting as we say it is!

The instruction given will not be limited to handling the aircraft; you will be taught elements of Meteorology, Radio Procedures, Navigation, Human Factors and Air Law.  You may also be introduced to Low Flying, Mountain Flying and even over-water flying if a suitable area is available.

At the end of the lesson you will truly be able to say you have been given a rewarding and fascinating introduction to this wonderful and unique form of flying.

You can choose where you fly to on these Ultimate Trial Lessons.  We have a range of options and we can tailor each  to suit you. You will need to allow between 3 and 6 hours for the day, depending on which area you wish to experience.

Prices for the Ultimate Trial Lessons start from £395 (all inclusive, including lunch when appropriate) and we can promise you an experience that you will remember forever!

(Please contact us to find out more or make a booking)

NB – We are based in Somerset and South Wales. However, for bookings of more than 4 people, we can arrange to bring a gyroplane to your nearest airfield to enable the experience to be in your local area. For 1-3 people, please discuss terms.

Terms and Conditions

Gyroplane Instruction

Gyroplane Instruction

For those interested in obtaining their own Private Pilots Licence (Gyroplanes):

Instruction costs:

  • PPL(G) lesson: £140/hr + VAT
  • PPL(G) solo flight (school aircraft): £130/hr + VAT
  • Groundschool instruction: £40/hr + VAT

Owned Aircraft rate:

  • Flight instruction £80/hr + VAT
  • Groundschool instruction: £40/hr + VAT
  • Plus travel expenses (50p per mile) and £90 accommodation per night.

Note: Minimum 40 flying hours required for PPL(G)

In addition to the flight instruction, you will need to pass five CAA ground school exams in related subjects. These cost approximately £30 each. Our ground school instruction is designed to give you more than adequate knowledge to pass these exams.

Our insurance cover is comprehensive. We do not ask for a ‘bond’ when you fly solo in our aircraft. All we ask is that you sign an agreement to pay for the insurance excess (currently £750 max) should you cause damage to the aircraft.

TYRO Advanced Tutorials

For licenced Gyroplane pilots who wish to improve their knowledge and practice advanced techniques. Both tutorials include 60 minutes of ground school and 90 minutes of flight (Hobbs). Please allow 5 hours in total for each.

Navigation Tutorial

  • Medium Level Navigation planning
  • Low Level Navigation planning
  • Pinpoint Navigation techniques (selected target identification)
  • Lost Procedure
  • Mental Dead Reckoning (MDR) techniques
  • Airborne Diversion navigation


Low Flying Tutorial 

  • Low Level planning and considerations
  • Low Level flying techniques
  • Consideration of wind effects
  • Emergency handling and Defensive Flying
  • Airborne Diversion navigation


If you wish the tutorial(s) to be in your own aircraft/location, please contact Tyro Aviation to discuss.

Flying Instruction

Flying Instruction

Tyro Aviation can provide:

  • Gyroplane training for PPL (G) [Private Pilots Licence (Gyroplanes)]
  • Fixed Wing Instruction (Day and Night)
  • Aerobatics Instruction
  • Navigation Training
  • Military Rotary Wing Training
  • Military Search And Rescue Training
  • Crew Resource Management Training
  • Survival Training
  • Groundschool Instruction (Fixed Wing, Helicopters and Gyroplanes)
  • Flying Course syllabus writing and programming
  • Bespoke training in various skills can be arranged on discussion.
  • Seminars or individual training as required – just ask!

Flight instruction (FW): £70/hr + VAT (plus hire of aircraft)

Groundschool instruction: £40/hr + VAT (£48 inc VAT)

Aerobatics instruction (FW): £100/hr + VAT (plus hire of aircraft)

Night training (FW): £90/hr + VAT (plus hire of aircraft)



Specialist knowledge and experience in:

  • Flying Syllabus writing
  • Search And Rescue training – ground and air
  • Night Vision Devices training
  • Navigation training
  • Programme writing
  • Operational planning
  • Groundschool Instruction – all flying-related subjects

As a consultant I can plan, write and teach courses in:

  • Elementary Flying (Fixed Wing, Civilian and Military)
  • Basic Flying (Rotary Wing, Military)
  • Search And Rescue Flying (Military)
  • Groundschool Training (Military)
  • CRM Training (Civilian and Military)
  • Survival Training (Civilian and Military)

Contact Us to Discuss Your Needs


“A fantastic experience. My first time in a gyrocopter and now can safely say it won’t be my last. Fully recommend to everyone. Great set up, brilliant instruction and worth every penny! The fun experience flight is ideal for a gift experience or for anyone looking for a taster. Many thanks, Arfur!”

Myan Goddard, Somerset

“Quite simply, one of the best aviation experiences you can have, from one of the most amiable and professional pilots. Thanks Ian for the adventure”

Neville J, Cumbria

“Fantastic fun, hugely professional and a brilliant instructor. I would recommend TYRO Aviation to anyone who is interested in flying!”

Matt L, Swansea

“Flying in the gyro was so much fun!”

Elise M, Surrey

“An exhilarating experience. Loads of fun! I felt completely at ease with Arfur in control.”

Chris B, London

Chris B, London


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