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

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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.

Tikko™ Joins flyRTW80 Round the world in 80 days!

James Bigglesworth Bear will have a friend for the round the world in 80 days trip: tikkoPolar Bear!


Millions of families around the world are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  In January 2013 10-year-old Dorian (who lives with ASD) decided to send his GANZ Webkinz  Polar Bear tikko™ out into the world to raise Autism Awareness.

Since then, tikko™ has travelled to Africa, Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, Amsterdam, Arizona, Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Bolivia, British Columbia,  California, Caribbean, Carolinas, Cuba, China, Croatia, Dominican Republic, England, Florida, France, Georgia, Germany, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Hungary, Illinois, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kentucky, Korea, Manitoba,  Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Jersey, New York City, Northwest Territories, Norway, Ohio, Ontario, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Peru, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhine Valley, Romania, Russia, Saskatchewan, Switzerland, Tawain, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington (DC); meeting celebrities Jim Carrey, Jeff Dunham, Devon Bostick; even Canada’s Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau.

Thrilled to be a “co-pilot” on the most exciting adventure to date, tikko™ joins Dave McElroy and Chris Elgars on their “Around the World in 80 Days” campaign to support Autism Awareness, while raising $500,000.00 for Toronto Sick Kids Hospital and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance!  tikko™ invites you to join the journey on May 12th by following

Dorian and Tikko

Dorian and Tikko

James Bigglesworth Bear joins FlyRTW80, Round the world in 80 days!

James Bigglesworth Bear, the mascot of 2231 (Forfar) Squadron, Air Training Corps, will be flying around the world this summer in support of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

He will be carried as a passenger by Scottish Aero Club Chairman, Dave McElroy, in an epic 30,000 plus miles round-the-world-in-eighty-days flight in a single-engine Piper Comanche.

Dave McElroy began planning for the flight two years ago with the aim of raising funds jointly for SCAA and the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital in his native Canadian city.

At the same time, 2231 Squadron’s mascot, who is named after the famous ‘Biggles’ character in the Captain W.E. Johns’ adventure stories, has been attempting his own world record for the most number of different aircraft types flown by a teddy bear. To date he has more than 60 types recorded in his official logbook, including the iconic Spitfire and a Vulcan bomber. He has also flown supersonic in a Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter, looped-the loop with the Red Arrows and completed a parachute jump.

The Forfar cadets will be seeking sponsorship and undertaking other fundraising events in support of their mascot’s latest adventure. All proceeds will be donated to SCAA.

The round-the-world flight will leave from Perth Airport on Monday 19 May at 9 a.m. and is planned to be completed at Perth on 6 August at approximately 6 p.m. The aircraft will be fitted with a satellite tracking system, enabling supporters to follow the progress of Dave McElroy and James Bigglesworth Bear via the website.

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance launched in May last year and is entirely supported by voluntary donations. From its base at Perth Airport it is able to reach 90 per cent of Scotland’s population within 25 minutes. It has already flown more than 20,000 miles and has been involved in more than 230 time-critical emergency call-outs.


SCAA Head Paramedic, John Pritchard (left) and round-the world pilot Dave McElroy (centre-with James Bigglesworth Bear) with cadets from Forfar and Arbroath (from nose to tail) Cadet Blair Strachan, Cadet Charlotte, Cadet Eilidh Kelly, Cadet Jay Grant, Cadet Sergeant Amanda Hutcheon and Cadet Flight Sergeant Michael Rose.