Helicycle

Achieving dreams has long been important to me. Especially dreams related to freedom and personal growth. In 1985, I took the initiative to begin working towards my private pilot’s license.  As a student with few funds, it took three summers of lifeguard earnings to pay for the lessons required. With turnover of instructors from year to year, it took me longer than it does for some. I earned my Single Engine Land rating in March 1988.  Here’s the plane I flew the most earning my fixed wing license.

In 1990, I first took the controls of a Robinson R-22 helicopter in a “Freedom Flight.” I was hooked. Fixed wing flight is fun, but this was amazing!

My aviation dream took a back seat to more pressing life priorities for many years.

All of us have dreams that don’t go away. And for me, rotary-wing flight has been one of those dreams. In 2012, I turned much more serious attention to how I would make this dream come true. Would I pursue an Autogyro? For several months, I thought this would be my solution. And then I discovered the Helicycle. I spent many hours looking at photos and reading stories from Helicycle builders.

I learned there was a Helicycle owner less than an hour north of me — and his ship was for sale! So I called and made arrangements to see his Helicycle in person. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of hearing the turbine in this sleek flying machine roar to life. This is my first visit to see a real Helicycle…

We talked for a while, and he encouraged me to build my own if I were willing. His own workmanship was impeccable. “I wanted it to look like it came out of a factory.” Looked to me as though he succeeded at that. It was truly a beautiful machine.

I was not in a big hurry, so I decided to follow this plan, and put myself on the waiting list for production run #7.

For the next several months, I made contact with current owner / builders to find out if they had any reservations about the project, or would do it again. Most everyone I communicated with was friendly, helpful, and most importantly, VERY HAPPY with their Helicycle. I heard no builder regrets. It was obvious from my due diligence research that several people had purchased a kit and then sold it after spending some time on the project. Given my track record, I knew if I committed to the project, I would complete it.

New year’s eve 2012, one of the builders I had been communicating with forwarded a for sale notice from a current kit owner. I called the owner immediately. I still well remember the excitement of the conversation, and the awakening possibility that this might be my chance to own a Helicycle.

The next several days and few weeks were a blur of talking with the existing owner, the factory, and lining up cash for the purchase. I rented a trailer, and drove it empty from Austin to Farmington, New Mexico to take the next step… So far, I’m grateful to have taken that step.  My hope is that If you’re looking at the Helicycle as I was, that my story encourages you to pursue YOUR dream.

It’s not important that your dream includes building a helicopter.  But if you’re like most of us, you do want to build a life of your dreams.  My Helicycle is an analog for building a major personal dream.  Your dream is different — it’s unique to you, and that’s great.  I live a very blessed life, and there’s not much that brings me more fulfillment than helping others achieve their own personally-important dreams and goals.  That’s part of what I live for, and I’ve spent decades preparing myself to be of great value to you on your journey…

It took four years and thousands of steps, patience, and persistence to finish my Helicycle and have it certified as airworthy by the FAA.  Building a life you are proud of also will take time, tenacity and dedication.  There is no fulfillment greater than progressively building your own personal dream life…

So Dream Big.  Work Smart.  Inspire Others.  Achieve Much.  Year after year.

My best to you,

Peter

Here’s a link to the company that makes Helicycle kits: Helicycle Ventures

I’ve summarized each calendar year’s build progress on a separate page.

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