Would you fly in this gyrocopter? My son did. When he visited Tamarindo recently we saw this helicopter version of an ultra-light flying around, and it offers rides to tourists. My younger son, Stuart, kept talking about wanting to take a flight, and naturally, my instincts as a parent were to try to discourage him. I thought the zip lines, rapelling, rock climbing, and other activities at the Hacienda Guachepelin Adventure Tour, which I showed on this site in June, was enough excitement for Stuart's 10 days in Tamarindo. I was wrong.
You can see how successful I was in discouraging Stuart. My son is 27 and capable of making his own decisions. He was determined to go. I went with him to the little Tamarindo Airport (which I have shown on this site in the past, as you can see in the index tab for "Roads and Infrastructure"). I went with him in part so I could check out the safety of the gyrocopter.
The pilot who we had talked to on the phone was also the owner of the aircraft. His name is Guido. You can imagine my surprise in meeting Guido to find out that he is a German. That naturally made me feel better about he safety of the aircraft because my experience is that everything in Germany works. (I will leave a little travel story about that experience in Germany in the comments to today's post.)
I asked the pilot, "If you are German, how did you get a name like Guido?" He answered, "My mother liked Italians."
During the next week or so I will post photos about the gyrocoptor flight.