WORLD'S FIRST PARAPLEGIC TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE GLOBE IN A HELICOPTER

The Mission

This mission is designed to draw worldwide attention to the plight of veterans and to the vision of NV3, by generating public awareness through the first paraplegic flight around the world in a helicopter by Stewart McQuillan (and the first circumnavigation by a dog in the air - Stewart's service dog, King)

 

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Stewart getting in Gazelle
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Stewart with Queen Noor

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The Pilot

Stewart _ Aeroleg

NV3 Founder: Captain Stewart McQuillan,

RAF/USAF, Retired

Stewart is a former RAF Tornado GR-1 fighter pilot who lost the use of his legs in the line of duty when his aircraft broke up and the brakes crushed his spinal cord.  He returned to the cockpit in fixed wing aircraft under a program from the Douglas Bader Foundation.

He holds the distinction of being the first paraplegic ever to be certified to fly a helicopter, accomplished in 2001 using the “aeroleg” device he invented in consultation with many operators and engineers. Since then, he has flown virtually every type of helicopter using this system.

He is the first paraplegic ever to build a helicopter, accomplished in 2021 building a Rotorway 162F, an experimental helicopter. This helicopter is the first in the world specifically designed and built for a paraplegic to fly.

It is Stewart’s desire to be an inspiration to other veterans who have been impacted in a similar way and to help them fly again.

World Awareness Tour 2025

The Journey

This Journey will consist of 98 planned stops in 28 different countries

28th country TBD

Total distance from Colorado Springs, CO, returning to the point of origin is 24,726 miles, or 39,792 km

This journey will consist of 98 planned stops in 28 different countries

The duration will be at least 150 cockpit hours, between 46 and 80 days, dependent on weather, helicopter maintenance requirements, etc.

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The Goals

Provide inspiration, motivation and hope to disabled veterans and friends worldwide

Give encouragement and develop purpose and motivation in those with invisible wounds

Draw awareness to the epidemic of Veterans Suicide – numbering 20-44 per day

Increase awareness of the 9_8_8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Raise funds for Veterans Vocational Village

Share the vision of NV3 and gain support

Increase awareness of NV3’s vocational helicopter program

Showcase the contributions of those who support this endeavor

Demonstrate that there are no limits to what one can achieve with a positive mindset

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