During the journey the pilots will take thousands of photographs both from the air and on the ground. To get the best shots, in addition to a conventional camera, they will use a Garmin wingtip camera which is remotely controlled from the cabin. Many familiar places usually seen from the ground will offer a different view from the air and many not usually seen in photographs will record the journey.
It is their intention to produce a photographic record, with few words, after the journey. They will of course be ‘sending back’ images on a daily basis for this website.
Much thought is still taking place about the exact route. It would be apt to follow Wiley Post, the first solo circumnavigation. He left Los Angeles and crossed the Atlantic via Greenland and Iceland before putting down at Chester UK. From there he went to Hamburg and Berlin and on to Moscow. A west to east route directly across Russia took him to the Pacific and into Alaska. Transit through Canada followed by a landing in Los Angeles completed the journey. Political considerations today rule out that journey through Russia.
He visited major airports along the route, but major airports in the thirties were not like todays major airports. The pilots of the ATWA80 flight would not want to mix it with today’s airliners arriving and departing at two per minute. Smaller regional airports offer the best solution and the flavour of the country being visited.
The pilots, after much thought, have decided that the best aircraft for the flight is the Cessna 182 Skylane. This is a high wing monoplane with a 230hp Lycoming engine giving a cruise speed of 145 knots. Due to the high wing configuration it has more space in the cabin and excellent downwards visibility for photography.
It is one of a range of Cessna aircraft that has been produced in the large numbers, almost 800,000 units. With that comes excellent world support. The range of 915 nautical miles has to be supplemented by the addition of an additional fuel tank in the cabin.
The history of circumnavigating the globe began in 1519 with the voyage of Magellan, the Portuguese explorer, whose journey lasted more than three years. Fictitious traveller Phileas Fogg took 80 days in 1873 according to author Jules Verne in his novel “Around the world in eighty days”.
Another fifty eight years passed before American pilot, Wiley Post managed the first aerial circumnavigation. In 1931 he took less than eight days and now, more than eighty five years later, beating that time is difficult in a light aircraft. Jim Jones is trying to make his mark on the achievement by becoming the oldest British man to complete the flight.
He qualified as a pilot fifty years ago, during that time he has traveled the world while taking part in the Dakar Rally and more than one thousand dirt bike competitions. Starting in 1999 along with his wife Dot he made a circumnavigation in a campervan which took seven years while visiting fifty three countries. Now he is using that adventurer’s spirit to raise funds for the vital work of the Alzheimer’s Society.
“As you get older, you see dementia effecting and influencing more and more people around you.” Said Jim. “And with an ever-aging population, it’s going to become more common which makes it so important that people are aware of the issues and that organisations that help to deal with them are well funded.”
“The idea of flying around the world in a single engine aircraft is one I’ve had for many years; it’s something that most light aircraft pilots want to do. My planning was well advanced when a friend suggested I made the flight in aid of a good cause so I decided to go with it.” Jim will be joined by his wife who isn’t a pilot herself so the flight will be considered a solo effort and will be raising funds from both crowdfunding and through corporate sponsorship.
“The aircraft will be covered in company logos to show how much support we have for this great charity” added Jim. “We aim to raise a significant six figure sum and we will be working hard to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Society and their work in helping people affected by dementia and their families.”
For more information about Alzheimer’s society or support please go to www.alzheimers.org.uk
Dementia Awareness Week 2017 began on 15th May, and it also saw the official launch of Around the World at 80, an ambitious plan for Jim Jones to circumnavigate the globe in 2018 at the age of 80.
The flight will take place in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society and will include around twenty countries. Although the actual route may change up until take-off the list currently includws England, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Russia, Alaska, Canada, United States, Greenland, Iceland and Scotland.
We hope to raise most of our charitable funds via corporate sponsorship. but will also be using crowd funding to give the general public the opportunity to support this initiative.
Keep checking this website for the latest updates on Around the World at 80, as well as general news about Dementia in the UK and other people attempting to be one of the few people to circumnavigate the Earth in a single engine plane.
You can generate your own image to show that you are united against dementia at www.alzheimers.org.uk
An Australian teenager has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft. Lachlan Smart, 18, took almost two months to complete his journey, landing in 24 airfields in 15 countries on the way.
See more HERE.
At 1.00pm Alaskan time (10.00pm tonight in the UK), Colin Hales, a 46 year old aircraft mechanic from Staffordshire, will depart from Nome Airport, Western Alaska and head westward in his homebuilt KR2, continuing the world tour he embarked upon in 2014, crossing the Atlantic and North America. His intention is to cross the Bering Straight and fly through Russian Federation Airspace, en route to China.
Read more HERE
Carol Vorderman has been left “heartbroken” after being forced to postpone her solo flight around the world. The former ‘Loose Women’ presenter has been training as a pilot in recent years, and had planned an attempt to become the ninth woman to fly across the globe by herself.
Read more HERE.