Our Story

Our story begins with a personal connection. Wylie & Finn, Dave’s two grandsons, are Asperger’s Kids. "We’ve experienced the priceless support of health care organizations so we wish to give back." SickKids in Toronto is recognized as one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions. SCAA delivers front-line emergency care to the remote communities of Scotland and is funded solely by donations.

In 2014, Dave McElroy and Chris Elgar will circumnavigate the globe in their Comanche PA24-180.

Edulearn Air Services Academy Sponsors flyRTW80

Edulearn webThis company is the pre-eminent aviation-related training organisation in Pakistan. It provides training in aero-engineering and related disciplines to support the growing needs of the airline and aerospace industries not only for Asia and the Gulf States, but also for the world.

Edulearn has a number of key partner organisations including Air Blue, City & Guide (UK), KK aviation and Virgin Atlantic. The Company also enjoys a joint venture affiliation with Air Services Training (AST) of Perth Scotland, another key sponsor of FlyRTW80 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance SCAA.

When the FlyRTW80 crew arrived in Karachi on May 31st, they were met by Ibraham Saghir, Edulearn’s Chief Executive together with Mohammed Khalid Kashmiri, Chairman & CEO of KK Aviation, the flight training organisation paired with Edulearn. Ibraham and KK saw to it that both the aircraft and the crew were well re-stocked with fuel, oil, food and lodging, including even a servicing of the aircraft.

Edulearn’s strategic plan outlines a comprehensive plan for rapid growth in the coming years. It will continue to expand its training capacities in a number of aviation-related disciplines, and will ensure the company’s position as a leading training organisation in Asia, the Gulf States and the wider world.

FlyRTW80 is pleased and honoured that Edulearn and its affiliated companies have chosen to sponsor SCAA through its whole-hearted support during the Pakistani stopover.


More About Edulearn Air Services Academy
Edulearn Air Services Academy is a UK registered company established in October 2010 with the office and institute situated at D68, Block 4, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. Affiliated with the globally recognised institute Air Service Training (AST) in Perth, Scotland, Edulearn imparts trainings to aircraft maintenance engineers and aviation personnel for the aviation industries in Pakistan, Middle East and other parts of the world. The Academy is expanding to the travel and tourism sector, linked to the aviation industry.

Registered as a (Pvt) Limited, the Academy is managed by the Chief Executive Officer, Ibrahim Saghir, who maintains responsibility for day-to-day operations and consults with the senior management for strategic direction. Edulearn currently enrols 180 students and employs 36 teaching and non-teaching staff. The majority of enrolments are in the engineering maintenance program.


Fly a Segment in flyRTW80 to benefit SickKids

Now available on eBay – click link to see the eBay auction:

The Project – Participants will fly partway around the world as a member sponsor of FlyRTW80 – ’round the world in 80 days’ sky voyage benefiting The Hospital of Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada (May 2014 – August 2014).  The adventure is organized by pilots Chris Elgar of Burlington, Ontario and Dave McElroy of Perth, Scotland.

The Offer - The ‘right seat’ offer is open to pilots or non-pilots, flying co-pilot or passenger in a classic, single-engine Piper Comanche along with Dave McElroy. Chris, the aircraft owner, will accompany Dave on some of the legs. The remaining segments are being made available as additional fundraising streams. The goal is to raise $250,000 for The Hospital of SickChildren (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada. Canadian born McElroy is an exceptionally well- qualified pilot with more than 40 years experience and 3,000 flight hours logged across Europe and the Americas.


flyRTW80 – The journey now into Segment 3

Mission flyRTW80 so far

From Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Haifa, Israel

Please donate to either SickKids or SCAA by clicking on the Donate button.

Right now Dave is in Israel for the weekend with John Cameron of Toronto who has joined him there for FlyRTW80′s continuing eastward voyage.
Brian Elcock of Welco Lumber, Vancouver, crossed the Atlantic with Dave.
Dave & Brian
Henric Endoff of Agenda, Stockholm, flew on FlyRTW80 from Scotland to Crete.
Dave & Henric Endoff of Agenda
Dave flew solo into Haifa Israel due to security requirements.
Dave flying into Haifa
Please donate to either SickKids or SCAA by clicking on the Donate button.
Those of you following us on Facebook and/or Twitter will be enjoying a daily stream of pictures from the pilots. We hope the rest of you will Like on Facebook sign up for updates as well.
In the meantime, the following collage of pictures summarises our journey so far:
DSC00450   Dave & Chris   DSC00466   DSC00477
DSC00485   DSC00490   DSC00492   Making friends
Dave & Brian   Dave & Brian 2   North Atlantic   Greenland to Iceland
C-FYHU landing 1a   C-FYHU landing 2   C-FYHU landing 2b   C-FYHU landing 3a
C-FYHU parked 3   Dave & James   Dave handshake   4-flags
16-Dave and the STV news crew   18-G-CDBS Bo.105, Scone-side   19-Dave and John Swinney   23-G-CDBS Bo.105 Scone & Comanche
6-cockpit and bears   5-ready and waiting   3-Depart Perth SCAA   Gap3
Gap4   Gap5   photo 1   photo 3
photo 8   10000ft   IMG_0087   approach into Heraklion
Please donate to either SickKids or SCAA by clicking on the Donate button.
This purpose of this journey is to raise funds for these two lifesaving organisations.
Dave and Chris are going flat out towards that objective.  Please consider supporting their efforts.

FlyRTW80 proudly presents the incredible art of Yana Movchan for the benefit of SickKids

We are excited to announce that Yana Movchan, the celebrated Canadian-Ukrainian artist, has donated two superb original paintings which will soon be available by auction through a link on the FlyRTW80 website.



“Fly on the Wall” – 48” x 36” – Oil on Canvas, 2014 – Yana Movchan



Yana Two Guardians Nov 2013

“Still Life with Two Guardians” – 36” x 48” – Oil on Canvas, 2013 – Yana Movchan


Fly on the Wall is an iconic piece with an ironic link to our Round the World flight for SickKids.  Like the precious young people supported by our project, this painting is priceless.

Still Life with Two Guardians was shown in the exhibition, “Capture 2014:  Nova Scotian Realism” at The Dalhousie University Art Gallery in Halifax.

Yana has generously donated these two extraordinary original works of art to benefit SickKids.  Each has been independently appraised with a current fair market value of $38,000.  Yana has a loyal group of followers and is represented by a number of galleries in Rhode Island, Chicago, New York, Cincinnati, Toronto, Halifax and  Miami.  Yana Movchan was born in Kiev in the Ukraine where she trained and received her MFA in painting from the Ukrainian Art Academy in 1995.  She has exhibited in public and commercial galleries in Canada, the United States and Europe.  Her work has featured in solo and group exhibitions in the Ukraine, Prague, London, Canada and the US.  Her most recent exhibitions have been at Art Hamptons in New York and the LA Art Show in California. Yana’s work is in the collection of the Glenn Gould Foundation and in numerous private collections worldwide.  She is based in Halifax, Canada, where she lives with her husband and two young sons.

FlyRTW80 and SickKids are delighted to announce that Heffel Fine Art Auctions, Canada’s leading art auction house, will include these paintings in their June, 2014, sale, concurrent with FlyRTW80’s flight around the globe for SickKids.  The auction will be open for bidding at www.heffel.com on June 5th and will close on Thursday, June 26th.   There will be a direct link to the site from www.flyrtw80.com.

The works can be viewed at Heffel Gallery, 13 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto. (Please note the address is Hazelton Avenue not Hazelton Lane.) 

$11,000 Raised for SickKids at FlyRTW80 April 23rd Fundraiser Event

Toronto flyRTW80 Fund-raising Event  - Wednesday April 23, 2014

130 people gathered at Harbour Square on the Toronto Waterfront to celebrate the upcoming departure of FlyRTW80 from Toronto Island’s Billy Bishop Airport on May 12th

2H0A4855Over $11,000 was raised for SickKids as a result of a flood of donations on the occasion and two simultaneous auctions – silent and live. Master of Ceremonies Ross Commerford presided over the evening’s entertainment and Toronto’s very own TAXI Band provided the (superb) music while friends and supporters of FlyRTW80 honoured SickKids and the two FlyRTW80 pilots with their presence and by opening up their wallets.

2H0A4940The gathering was treated to a surprising and delightful rendering of O Canada by seven-year-old Jackson Bynoe, son of Chantal Jackson, who, judging by his talent, will soon be appearing on American Idol or some-such.  His touching rendering of the national anthem was particularly poignant considering the beneficiary of the evening’s largess – SickKids Hospital. By the time his impromptu delivery ended, there were many damp eyes amongst the assembled guests.

Please follow Chris and Dave and they continue their frenetic activities ahead of the FlyRTW80 launch which will occur at precisely 11:00 Monday May 12th. The flight departure will be preceded by a press conference and other activities leading up to the takeoff. There will be TV and other press coverage in the remaining few days before this signal event – the first ever global circumnavigation from Toronto, and just the fourth in history by a Canadian.

FlyRTW80 thanks the following for their gifts, efforts and wholehearted support which made the evening – and the $11,000 result – possible.

  • Rene Viau
  • Ross Commerford
  • Matt Glowacki and his incredible TAXI Band
  • Dawn Moore
  • Ilona Crabbe
  • Cort McElroy
  • Loni Griffin – SickKids
  • Jib Strategic - David Shephard, Jillian Pyper, Chris Heffler, Cornelius Quiring, Eddie Ruminski
  • Norbord Inc. – Mike Dawson, Anne Michaud, Norman Flood, Bob Jackson and a host of others far too many to mention
  • Welco Lumber Ltd. – Brad Johansen, Brian Elcock
  • Rock Oasis Climbing Gym, Carlaw Street, for several Rock Climbing packages
  • Michelle Amerie for her Handpainted Gift Set
  • The Extension Room Distillery District for Personal Training Session packages
  • Barbara Howard for her unique custom jewellery
  • Mike Dawson for numerous gifts and donations
  • John Cameron for two books
  • The Yorkville Club for a Fitness Membership
  • The Toronto Symphony Orchestra for superb tickets
  • BFS Entertainment for valuable CD gift baskets
  • Jason Kearns Salon for Cut and Styling
  • David Rosen for the magnificent Landscape Painting
  • CAE for the 1 hour Flight Simulator package
  • Kaneff Golf for the Foursome
  • Beth Campbell for two magnificent paintings by Jack Reid & John Campbell
  • Michael Janzen for watercolour
  • Dorland-Haight Galleries of Milton for the incredible Blue Night painting
  • Chris Elgar for not just one but two flights in his globe-circling Comanche
  • The Glen Gould Foundation for a unique Yana Movchan portrait of Mr. Gould



Fly on The Wall

Yana Movchan (www.yanamovchan.com) & Gary McCallum for Fly on the Wall – a stunning original 48″ X 36″ Oil on Canvas painting soon to go on auction in June at Heffel – Canada’s Fine Art Auction House.  Watch this space for details on how to bid on this amazing, priceless piece – This painting has been valued close to $40,000 with all proceeds from the auction going to SickKids.









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