Wednesday, March 11, 2009

grand adventures - around the world in a helicopter

there are people testing the limits of human and technological endurance everywhere. for example, who knew that a team had set as its goal, the flying of a helicopter all the way around the world?! seriously!

scott kasprowicz and stephen sheik last year (2008) attempted just that in a stock agusta grand.

11 days, 7 hours and 2 minutes of flying later and they succeeded in setting a new record.

here's their story.

"the grand adventure is about breaking a record. pilot scott kasprowicz and co-pilot steve sheik will fly 20,000 nautical miles, crossing every meridian on the globe, in an effort to break the current record for circumnavigating the globe in a helicopter. what's more, the helicopter is a factory-stock agusta grand with no mission-specific special equipment on-board.
the current record was set in 1996 when ron bower and co-pilot john williams flew a bell 430 around the world in 17 days, 6 hours, 14 minutes and 25 seconds. the team traveled 20,508 nm with 165.1 total flight hours."

their webpage tells the full story.

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