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Old 13th Jul 2014, 16:28
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1st female to fly round the world in a SEP

Nice one Amelia Earhart
Flying solo: the Amelia Earhart who made it - Telegraph


Wonder if anyone out there would like to sponsor a similar trip for a 2 woman crew?


OK just asking, lol
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Old 13th Jul 2014, 16:59
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Are you really pretending the pilot's sex is relevant? I thought we were beyond that kind of discrimination, in the 21st century.
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Old 13th Jul 2014, 17:10
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Not the first woman to do it in fact*, but a good effort nonetheless

*Eg Polly Vacher, in 2001
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Gaby Kennard was the first Australian woman to circumnavigate the globe by airplane. In 1989, she began her journey, following Amelia Earhart's route as much as possible. The trip took 99 days and covered 29,000 nautical miles.

Gabby used a Comanche. The linked news article headlined the latest trip as "Flying Solo" although she had a co-pilot.
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Just to add another slight fly to the ointment, a Pilatus PC-12 NG is an SET not SEP. Congratulations to her, all the same.
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Let's not forget Judith Chisholm who did it in 1980. I think it was a Cessna 210.
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Lots of misinformation about.

The Daily Telegraph headline is clearly wrong.

And Gaby Kennard actually did her circumnavigation in a Piper Saratoga,VH-GKF.
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Gerrie Mock, Cessna 180, 1964??

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And how about Sheila Scott.

( Looks like Carol Vorderman's had some wind taken out of her sails as well.)
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So basically, not the youngest, not the first, not in an SEP, not solo - although a glance on her website shows that it's at least trying to raise some money for a halfway worthy cause (although nowhere could I find anything saying how much money had been raised, and it is easily confused with the old and very respectable "Amelia Earhart foundation").

That she's a reasonably recently qualified PPR/IR (PPL for 4 years and it took her 6 years to obtain it, IR for 1 year), with most of her flying time as a helicopter camera operator, and that her "co-pilot" in an instructor with 6,400hrs TT of which 4,500hrs on type, should not be read as implying that she isn't doing the whole thing herself.

Apart from that, jolly well done her!


Why is it that the only aviation reporting in the Telegraph that's ever accurate is that in the obituaries section?

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Well, all you negativos, the headline does say the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in tribute to Amelia Mary Earhart.

It appears that one of the headlines is right after all.

So well done all of you for putting a negative slant on something not many people have achieved.

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Achievement? A 6,400 hr professional pilot with a newly qualified PPL/IR to help him flew around the world in a state of the art high performance turboprop. The biggest achievement was getting somebody else to pay for it.

I'd rather celebrate the achievements of somebody like Dave Sykes, who got largely ignored by the popular press...

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Or Polly Vacher, who did it solo, in a standard club-spec SEP (okay, I think that she had some bigger fuel tanks in her PA28), and genuinely did it to raise money for charity.

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If you read Gaby Kennard's book, Solo Woman, you will see that she also flew in tribute to Amelia.

The book makes frequent mention of the 1937 flight and contains several photos of Amelia not long before she disappeared.

The Daily Telegraph sub-headline is actually ambiguous. Either way, it's still wrong.
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sorry, not impressed. there would be no headline if the woman was named Frankie heck.

I wonder how much of the time the plane was on autopilot
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Thanks On track about the Saratoga. I have seen the Saratoga with Gabby. My mistake.
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Jeana Yeager did it in 1986 and didn't even stop for fuel.
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Nothing particularly impressive about this at all - at least no more so than if any other person flies round the world. And a fair number of people, both male and female, have done that. If her name wasn't Amelia Earhart it wouldn't even make it to the papers.

(Edited to remove the word 'solo', even that wasn't the case!)
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Are you really pretending the pilot's sex is relevant? I thought we were beyond that kind of discrimination, in the 21st century.
I agree.

And there is no such thing as positive discrimination: what's positive for one group, is negative for another.
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We did around the world in 80 hours and no one even bothered, it was a challenge to the Phileas Fogg around the world in 80 days, never made any headlines, thankfully.

But to compare modern day events to an attempt in 1937 using a twin-engined Lockheed Model 10 Electra is really chalk and cheese comparisons.
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Ok, I get it. It has to be a first, or solo, or without autopilot, or in an old banger, or impress you lot to be an achievement.

At least she finished what she set out to do.
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