McElroy awarded Royal Aero Club’s Norton Griffiths Challenge Trophy

Dave & Chris

Chris Elgar on left with Dave McElroy and RAeC’s Norton Griffiths Challenge Trophy


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 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.

BSW Timber Group sponsors flyRTW80

BSW WebFlyRTW80 is grateful for the Silver level sponsorship support from BSW Timber Group

BSW Timber Group is the largest sawmilling business in Great Britain. They have six sawmills in the UK and one in Latvia, production capacity of over 1,000,000m3 of sawn timber per year.

BSW Timber Group is the most technically advanced and progressive sawmilling company in the UK. Their two industry leading brands: Easi and Timeless Timber are distributed throughout the construction, fencing, decking, sleeper and pallet and packaging sectors.

Naturally, they source their wood from well-managed sustainable forests and do everything possible to ensure their operations have the smallest impact upon the environment. Their mills aim to operate at zero wastage and they are constantly reviewing every aspect of their carbon performance and that of the suppliers upon whom they depend.



Welco Lumber Corp. sponsors flyRTW80

welcoFlyRTW80 is grateful for the Silver level sponsorship support from Brad Johansen & Welco Lumber Corporation.

Welco Lumber Corp. is an employee-owned world leader in the distribution of quality forest products. They are focused on bringing quality commodity and specialty products sourced from various primary and secondary manufacturers to selected global markets. In their continuing efforts to meet and exceed both their suppliers’ and customers’ service expectations, they have worked hard to develop a winning combination…the right people, a commitment to service, and the right products delivered at an affordable price.

Today, Welco maintains its head office in Burnaby, BC with satellite offices in Alberta, Washington and California. The team is led by Brad Johansen, President and CEO, and Brian Elcock, Secretary-Treasurer. Both Brad and Brian are hands-on individuals and involved not only with the daily sales and operations of Welco but also the guidance of their longer-term strategic objectives.

Welco remains committed to delivering the quality products and service they have provided since 1983. In addition, they continue  to add new offerings and expand their product lines. Welco is especially proud of their ability to offer exclusive products from their contract mills. Through these strategic alliances, each partner is enabled to leverage its strength and, together, bring a better product and price to the customer.

Air Service Training – Sponsors flyRTW80

AST websiteFlyRTW80 is grateful for the support of AST in this venture and particularly for the active personal involvement of Peter Farrow, Chief Executive.  In addition to providing Silver level financial sponsorship, AST is also actively engaging its worldwide network of contacts to provide assistance and support at various airports around the globe where AST affiliates have operations.

Air Service Training

Air Service Training has a long and successful history of providing training for Pilots and Engineers to the world-wide Air Transport Industry. The brain child of the motor and aviation industry magnate John Davenport Siddeley, later First Baron Kenilworth, the company commenced pilot training in 1931, and engineer training in 1934.

AST has built up an impressive alumnus over its 80 years of operation, and has trained such famous aviators as Mrs Victor Bruce, first female pilot to circumnavigate the world, Amy Johnson, famous for her long record breaking flights to Australia and Japan, and Sir Alan Cobham, founder of the famous ‘flying circus’.

AST is approved to deliver training to meet the regulatory requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency Part – 66 Engineer licence, and the Part – FCL commercial pilot licence. Teaching pilots and engineers for two of the most demanding professions in the world, requires a very special approach and complete dedication to the highest safety standards. Air Service Training continues to uphold the values originally stated by its founder, John Davenport Siddeley, and is the training provider of choice for many international organizations.