- Nov 25, 2017
- Germantown, NY
- Magni M16
- Total Flight Time
As you may know, the two parts of "helicopter" are from greek: "helico" (helix/spiral) and "pter" (wing). "Gyro" comes from the greek word for circle. "Co" does not belong with it; "Gyrocopter" is a total bastardization and immediately makes ordinary folk think "special helicopter".I had always preferred the term gyroplane until now. After reading the previous comments above I have come to realize this term is actually detrimental to our cause with the FAA and their mindset regarding our unique aircraft.
If you no longer like the official FAA term, "gyroplane" (because it contains "plane"?), and want something unique, as you say, I suggest "gyropter" (circle-wing). It's a word apart, but with impeccable etymology.