How is a gyroplane different from a helicopter?
A gyroplane is similar in appearance to a helicopter, but it differs in several key ways. A gyroplane is capable of forward flight but cannot hover in place like a helicopter, and its rotor does not provide lift during takeoff or landing. Gyroplane controls are simple and intuitive, consisting of a stick for controlling the rotor disc attitude to adjust roll and pitch, and rudder pedals to control yaw. They are easier to fly than a helicopter, and the control systems are easier and far less expensive to maintain.