Welcome to the homepage of the Popular Rotorcraft Association. Based in Mentone, Indiana, USA at the PRA Mentone Airport, PRA was started in 1962 by Igor Bensen, the inventor of the famous Bensen Gyrocopter. Since then it has grown to include rotorcraft of all sorts with members in over 80 countries. We are a group of people who love homebuilt rotorcraft -- gyroplanes and helicopters that they build and fly themselves. These rotorcraft enthusiasts get together to exchange ideas, information, help one another, promote safety and help with flight training.
About the PRA
- It's worldwide!
- It's devoted exclusively to homebuilt helicopters and gyroplanes!
- Its members get the world's best magazine on homebuilt rotorcraft!
- It hosts the world's greatest flying events for homebuilt rotorcraft!
PRA is people
The Popular Rotorcraft Association, which we like to call just "PRA," is a group of people who love homebuilt rotorcraft--gyroplanes and helicopters that they build and fly themselves. These rotorcraft enthusiasts get together to exchange ideas, information and help. They promote safety and can help with flight training.
PRA is worldwide
PRA is a worldwide organization with members in over 80 countries and with headquarters at Mentone, Indiana, USA at the PRA Mentone Airport, an airport owned by the Popular Rotorcraft Association. There are many local PRA chapters where rotorcraft enthusiasts meet to share support and have fun.
Read Powered Sport Flying magazine!
Members of PRA receive Powered Sport Flying magazine, the official PRA publication is included in it each month. PRA's section is the only major magazine devoted exclusively to homebuilt rotorcraft. It's widely considered to be the best source of information about rotorcraft. Powered Sport Flying magazine now also has information, technical articles, photos of autogyros and helicopters, safety tips and news of new products for rotorcraft builders and pilots. We put out an annual PRA Rotorcraft Directory in March/April each year, listing all the autogyros and helicopters in the world that are available as kits or plans. PRA members say this annual rotorcraft directory is the best source in the world for specifications, pricing, photos and manufacturers' addresses.
PRA is well established
PRA has been around for nearly 50 years. It was started in 1962 by Igor Bensen, the inventor of the famous Bensen Gyrocopter. Since then PRA has expanded, and now includes autogyros of all types (also called autogyros, gyrocopters, and just plain gyros), as well as a growing number of helicopters. Rotary-winged flight is one of the most enjoyable sport/recreation activities!
PRA sponsors events
PRA sponsors an annual convention that's typically the largest gathering of homebuilt rotorcraft in the world. It has exhibits, flight demonstrations, contests, commercial exhibits, great food, forums on rotorcraft topics, and unlimited fun! There are also many other events sanctioned by PRA and its local chapters.
You can be a PRA member!
Anyone with an interest in homebuilt rotorcraft can become a member of the Popular Rotorcraft Association