Around the world in eighty days

Two pilots are planning to fly around the world in eighty days in order to raise money for charity.

Dave McElroy and Chris Elgar plan to circumnavigate the globe in a Comanche 250 next year. They will be aiming to raise C$500,000 (£330,000) for the SickKids Hospital in Toronto and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

Elgar and the aircraft are based at Burlington Airpark, Ontario, whereas Dave is based in Scotland. The fact that the two pilots will be flying for two separate charities makes for an interesting flight plan. It amounts to two overlapping round the world (RTW) flights equivalent to about 1.3 circumnavigations.

Starting in Toronto, the first leg of RTW80 jumps the Atlantic to Perth, Scotland ‘starting’ yet again in Perth, for the Scottish portion of the tour. Back in Toronto eighty days after starting, the pilots cross the Atlantic a second time on to Perth to complete the last leg; the Scottish portion, also in eighty days. The aircraft will then cross the Atlantic a third time and be returned to Toronto.

For more information visit www.flyrtw80.com