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.

Flight tracking for flyRTW80 provided by Global Telesat Communications (GTC) – DeLorme inReach

CTCwebFlight tracking will be provided by Global Telesat Communications (GTC) of Poole, UK. GTC supplies a range of portable satellite voice, data and tracking solutions which provide communications services in areas of the world where regular methods of communication do not exist or are limited. These solutions include handheld satellite phones, personal and asset tracking devices and portable high speed broadband terminals, all of which work almost anywhere on the globe. GTC have provided a DeLorme inReach for flyRTW80, a handheld award-winning satellite communicator that uses the Iridium global satellite network to enable 2-way personal and SOS communications and remote Follow-me/Find-me tracking and location, anywhere in the world. This satellite tracker will transmit the location of C-FYHU every 10 minutes as it travels around the world, and these position reports will be available for all to see through GTC’s online mapping portal, which will be embedded into the flyRTW80 website. Full information on the inReach tracker can be found on their website.

Henric Endoff comes aboard FlyRTW80 at Perth Scotland and Agenda supports SCAA

AgendaProject FlyRTW80 is pleased to announce that Henric Endoff from AGENDA Business Development will join Dave from Perth, Scotland as FlyRTW80 crosses Western Europe to Crete.

Henric has spent years flying around the world – but usually in either a Boeing or an Airbus and as a passenger.  By late last year, becoming bored with moving around in only the two-dimensional environment on his own efforts, he made a decision to conquer the third axis by taking up flying.  He is hard at work toward his private pilot license and expects to achieve that by early autumn.  The 15 hours he will tote up as co-pilot flying across the UK, France, Italy and the Mediterranean will serve as a major uplift in his flying experience as he will be introduced to both long distance and international aviation.

Henric

Said Henric: “I am a passionate outdoorsman, and am involved in a Scottish rural business.

So it made perfect sense to make a meaningful contribution to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.  Who knows – next time, it could be one of our guests – or even myself – who may require emergency transport out of the hills in order to get immediate qualified medical assistance.  Furthermore, the whole event provides an excellent opportunity for AGENDA’s global wood products consulting business to gain valuable exposure around the world.”

Sidey Ltd supports FlyRTW80


SideyEstablished in 1932, Sidey is a UK market leader in the manufacture, supply and installation of energy efficient windows & doors. Award winning and highly accredited, Sidey supplies and installs curtain walling, conservatories, kitchens and EasyTurf™.  Sidey customers are assured quality in the knowledge that the company is strong, reliable and sustainable and invests not only in its employees but also in the communities in which it works.   Sidey is committed to putting its customers first, always, and takes pride in everything it does.  www.sidey.co.uk

Open Day at Perth Airport

Sunday, March 30, 2014  - 1 pm – 5 pm

A big THANK YOU to all who participated.

Despite the disappointing weather cards we were dealt, WE RAISED OVER £3,000 FOR SCAA.  This is more than enough to save the life of someone in the near future.  That someone could well be a friend, family member, customer or supplier of one of you who so selflessly helped to organise the event and deliver a fun day despite the contrary behaviour of the weatherman.

The music, the auctions and the tombola were all great, the mood was positive and all of us who were on hand had a great time despite the fact that scarcely an aircraft engine was heard.

Our thanks go out to all who contributed including many of the people from:

  • The Scottish Aero Club – members came through in quantity, and grand style, to make it look easy
  • ACS Aviation
  • The Morris Leslie Group
  • Scottish Microlight Flight Training
  • Kingsfield Helicopters
  • The Gyrocopter Experience
  • Air Service Training
  • Staff & Volunteers from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance
  • Speedy Services (fencing)
  • Scotloo
  • A&D Bar Services
  • Gourlay Catering
  • Perth & District Pipe Band
  • Perth College Rhythm Wave Band
  • Perthshire Brass
  • Catalyst Event Production Services
  • Justin Kennedy on the microphone
  • Gordon MacKenzie – Sound
  • Perth Fire Department
  • And all our prize and auction donors and sponsors – far too many to mention here.

Thanks again for the great support of FlyRTW80 and SCAA - Dave McElroy

photo by Wallace Shackleton         SCAA Volunteers

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On April 2nd, you’d better be Blue.

By Ryan Markham

The answer to why is quite simple. For Autism. The answer to Autism, however, is extremely complex and far from understood. This is exactly why it is so important that we all be blue this April.

On the second, and continuing throughout the month, it is time to shine some light on this life altering condition that exists in roughly 67,000,000 people worldwide. More specifically, blue light. Blue is the colour that has been officially chosen as the identity for National Autism Awareness since the year 2008. It is the color that will, for the month of April, signify support both financial and spiritual. Both of which are greatly needed.

If you chose to be blue, you’ll notice you’re far from alone. You will likely see some awe-inspiring illumination throughout the month, whether first hand where you live, or in the media. Some of the worlds most famous buildings and structures will be beaming blue light for the noble cause. In previous years, the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House have been amongst the many to shine the shade of support. If you weren’t fortunate enough to see these spectacles, have a look at some previous participation, and get ready for another, even bluer, April.

Awareness is crucial when it comes to any illness, disorder or social issue, as it truly is the root of all action. With Autism, awareness plays an even more significant role. This is because people and families affected by it, as well as doctors working against it, have been unable to gain a substantial understanding of it, including its causes and possible treatments. Going even further than this, the average person has little knowledge of Autism, its attributes and, more shockingly, its existence. Where organisations in support of some diseases and disorders are seeking awareness in order to gain funding for existing cures, Autism itself needs awareness before awareness of any possible solution can commence.

Research tells us that Autism often alters the senses, perception and interpretation of those who suffer from it. They lack full understanding for the way things are around them and for, what we call, common human interaction, more or less so depending on the severity of their case. This makes for a truly difficult to determine course of action because patients lack the ability to describe for doctors and researchers the way they feel, and we lack the ability to fully understand their minds without their input. It adds another obstacle, in comparison to an illness or disorder where the patient is able to verbally provide information to those trying to help. It seems as if we do not understand them, and they do not understand us. None the less, family of those suffering from Autism know that the person they love is doing the best they can to get in touch and to express themselves. If this is the case, how do we possibly break that barrier? How do we find clarity in such a complex problem, so that we can restore some to the minds of those affected by it?

The only thing we can do is take action. Think and try until we achieve success. But action rarely ever happens without awareness. If people don’t know, how can they care? If not enough people care, how can we drive change? Awareness is everything, and this April, blue is more important than you can imagine. So, shine it, wear it and display it anywhere you can. Donate if possible or collect for the cause if you can, and lets shine some light for those who can’t do it for themselves.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got for you, a story about two selfless pilots who are, pretty much literally, going above and beyond for Autism Research. Click this link and you’ll see what we mean. These two truly care, and would appreciate any support they can get. Funds donated in Canada will go to Toronto’s  SickKids Hospital – Autism Research.

 

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