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.
On May 12, 2014, FlyRTW80 launched from Toronto Island’s Billy Bishop Airport in a bid to fly two overlapping orbits around the world in support of SickKids Foundation and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.
Exactly one year later, on May 12, 2015, Dave McElroy was awarded the Norton Griffiths Challenge Trophy by the Royal Aero Club. Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority, presented the prestigious award at the RAF Club in London’s Piccadilly Street. He noted this award is not presented every year, rather it is awarded when warranted to “aviators undertaking outstanding feats of courage, tenacity and imagination unrelated to traditional sporting events.”
Chris Elgar, Dave’s partner on the FlyRTW80 Project and owner the project’s Comanche aircraft, C-FYHU, travelled from Toronto to join Dave in celebrating the occasion.
FlyRTW80 flew 35,500 nautical miles (66,000 km), making 59 stops in 29 countries as it traversed five continents and crossed the Atlantic Ocean three times.
The project has raised over $80,000 for SickKids and more than £35,000 for SCAA so far. The website www.FlyRTW80.com is open for donations to either of these excellent, life-saving charities. McElroy has now finished writing a book about the project. Entitled Low Earth Orbit, it is expected to be published later this year. Proceeds will go to SickKids and SCAA.
This 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.
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.