(NEWTON, Kan.) — People around Newton have been seeing an unusual sight in the skies lately.
Several autogyros have been flying in and out of Newton airport. The small 2-person machines look a little like a helicopter.But they operate differently than a chopper or a plane.
Pilot and trainer Desmon Butts tells us, "When you're flying in a gyro plane you're actually being pushed by the pusher prop from the rear. The rotor windmills in the wind, and it spins just off of the air flow, just like any other windmill and that generates enough lift to keep it in the air".
The autogyro cruises about 100-miles an hour and uses car gas. They cost between $60,000 to $70,000.
Autogyros flying in and out of Newton