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Old 10th Sep 2019, 07:43
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Record global flight in a gyrocopter

James Ketchell is about to become the first person to ever fly a gyrocopter around the world.

Sadly the media has carried little or nothing about this unlike previously highly sponsored events.

I have suggested on the LAA forum that the organisation should award him the Bill Woodhams Navigation Trophy which is currently sitting on a shelf at their HQ.

I sincerely hope the Honourable Company of Airpilots and others recognise his achievements forthwith.

James has previously rowed single handed across the Atlantic,climbed Everest and completed a solo bike ride around the world.

The mission is to inspire one million young people around the world to pursue their own goals and dreams, whilst raising funds for two great charities: Kindled Spirit, who support and rehabilitate young victims of human trafficking and slavery; and Over The Wall, who run residential activity camps for children with serious health issues.
More here including some wonderful video. http://jamesketchell.net/

He is currently in the Faroe Islands and just one last sea crossing from the UK.




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Old 10th Sep 2019, 09:59
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Certainly an absolutely amazing flight and achievement BUT he doesn't cross the equator, just like so many Round the World flights. I know they still count as an Earth Rounder flight but for me a Round the World flight should have to cross the equator.
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Originally Posted by 27/09 View Post
Certainly an absolutely amazing flight and achievement BUT he doesn't cross the equator, just like so many Round the World flights. I know they still count as an Earth Rounder flight but for me a Round the World flight should have to cross the equator.
He has crossed some very remote territory,visited every state in the USA and flown over some very hostile seas. All in an open cockpit without any ground support team.

I suspect a lot of the awards brigade will not rush to shower him with medals,trophies and certificates despite the fact this is a first.

If it was so easy why have others failed in the past.

James is a down to earth self effacing individual who deserves recognition for his achievements.

Lets see how things pan out over the next week.
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Well done James. Home in sight soon.
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Old 17th Sep 2019, 12:23
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James has safely crossed from the Faroes to Scotland and is about to complete his amazing flight.
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 18:58
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Originally Posted by 27/09 View Post
Certainly an absolutely amazing flight and achievement BUT he doesn't cross the equator, just like so many Round the World flights. I know they still count as an Earth Rounder flight but for me a Round the World flight should have to cross the equator.
My thoughts as well. Still a great flight to be celebrated in its own rights though!
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My thoughts as well. Still a great flight to be celebrated in its own rights though!
My thoughts as well. Especially as I intend a true circumnavigation in the next few years albeit in a larger fixed wing job.

We must applaud however, because of the aircraft type and James' temerity and sticking power to getting this done for the reasons he has.

Well done James. Good Show!
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My thoughts as well. Especially as I intend a true circumnavigation in the next few years albeit in a larger fixed wing job.

We must applaud however, because of the aircraft type and James' temerity and sticking power to getting this done for the reasons he has.

Well done James. Good Show!
Agreed.

It looks like he is resting near London and due back at Popham Sunday.
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