- $73 for a 30-minute discovery flight on a gyroplane ($100 value)
Lone Star Magni Gyro
If you don't know what a gyroplane is, you'll find out within minutes of stepping onto the grassy field at Lone Star Magni Gyro. Just look skyward, and soon enough you'll see something that looks like the predecessor to the helicopter (this is, in fact, true).
Each two-seater gyroplane is thrust forward by an engine-driven propeller, reaching speeds of up to 115 miles per hour. The gyroplanes at Lone Star Magni Gyro are some of the safest in existence, as the company's pilots and engineers routinely innovate new standards that exceed the requirements set forth by worldwide aviation organizations and Steve the Safety Guy™.
So, here's the big question: do you actually get to fly one? The answer is a resounding yes. First-timers can take a gyroplane up—with an instructor's assistance, of course—on a scenic flight, while pilots-in-training can strap in for certification sessions. It's not difficult to get the hang of a Magni gyro, seeing as how it's equipped with modern technology that makes it faster, more stable, and less argumentative than the gyros of old.