About St. Louis Rotorcraft Club

The St. Louis Rotorcraft Club was founded approximately 60 years ago, while the "gyrocopter" was still in its infancy, by Mr. Willard Meyer. Willard was undoubtedly one of the most skilled gyroplane pilots in the world, and trained many of the clubs most active members in the past. Willard continued to amaze and dazzle pilots and spectators alike right up to a few short months before he succumbed to cancer at age 79. During this era training was accomplished in an unpowered "gyroglider" which was towed down the runway via a 50 foot tow rope. The "gyroglider" had a bench seat large enough to accommodate instructor and pilot with a central control stick located between them. Today training is performed in two-place powered aircraft with a qualified instructor.