British adventurer James Ketchell embarks on global autogyro flight
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British serial adventurer James Ketchell is now en route to the first ever world circumnavigation in an autogyro. His flight is supported by Trig Avionics, who manufacture compact avionics equipment for the general aviation market
On March 31 James took off from Popham Airfield in Hampshire. He will fly through France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and into Russia. Crossing the Bering Straits to Alaska, James will then fly across Canada, the USA, Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands before heading back to the UK.
He plans to visit a school in every country he flies and by sharing his adventure he aims to inspire every young person with the belief that they can achieve their goals and dreams.
You can track James’ flight in real time through this link.
James’ aims reflect his own story: following a serious motorcycle accident James recovered to become the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world in what the media dubbed “The Ultimate Triathlon”.
James will raise funds for two charities: Kindled Spirit, who support and rehabilitate young victims of human trafficking and slavery; and Over The Wall, who run residential activity camps for children with serious health issues.
James’ Magni autogyro is equipped with a Trig TT22 transponder, TN72 GPS position source and TY91 VHF compact radio. These products are certified to ICAO aviation standards and meet international mandates, allowing world-wide use.
Jon Roper, Marketing Manager at Trig said, “James’ dedication to his mission, his fund-raising activities and commitment to inspire young people deserves our support. Trig’s light weight avionics are built to withstand the arduous conditions James will face. His TT22 transponder is vital for surveillance.”
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Tracking James’s flight is possible because a Trig transponder and a TN72 GPS is ADS-B Out capable. Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast or ADS-B is a surveillance technology used in Trig transponders.
It improves safety, visibility – giving James peace of mind as he flies in both remote and busy airspace. This equipment is affordable, easy to install and can benefit any pilot at home or abroad
To add your valuable support please go to his Virgin Money Giving page