Modern built gyroplanes belongs to the German BUT, the British BCAR Section-T or to the new BCAR Section-T plus (Certificates of Airworthiness CofA) standards, which require highest safety characteristics on gyroplanes worldwide.
If the gyroplane model has a CofA which is ICAO conform, commercial aviation will be possible - actually there is only one CofA gyroplane available worldwide. Additional types will may follow. Non-civil or military applications are based on national state regulations which might also refer to CofA standards.
To fly commercial wise you need a commercial aircraft CPL(A) or commercial helicopter license CPL(H) with an additional gyroplane type rating. A newly defined commercial gyroplane license CPL(G) is in preparation.
The original name is Autogyro. Autogyro comes from the Latin word "auto" which means automatic and "gyro" which means turning. Together Autogyro means turning without external drive (like a motor). Juan de la Cierva was the first to use Autogyro. Mr. Benson, an other gyro inventor, called its machines Gyrocopters and there for that description is used in the English speaking countries. Modern and serial built Autogyro's are more often called Gyroplanes.
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