Quick, Robin! To the gyrocopter!
The real caption on this news photo tells us this gizmo is “less expensive than a conventional helicopter,” and by conventional helicopter I believe they mean real helicopter.
Look, if I’m going to be riding in something thousands of feet up, the last thing I’m interested in hearing is that it was a bargain. Excuse me, I believe I’ll just go ahead and take the expensive kind, please. While we’re at it, don’t be asking me to get in something called a gyrocopter, which sounds like it came out of Inspector Gadget’s workshop.
I went to the company’s Web site, and they’re selling rides on this thing, and one of the options is Rundfluege, or round-trip. I don’t even want to know what the alternative to that is.
German police test fly a gyrocopter ‘MT-03′ near Schoenhagen airfield, south of Berlin August 20, 2007. The gyrocopter will be used by police for traffic control and searches. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke