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.

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
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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 on June 5th and will close on Thursday, June 26th.   There will be a direct link to the site from

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