Flight for Wildlife
“From up here, the earth looks calm. Luscious and rich. Blessed with many climates and terrains. And a wealth of wildlife. Each an individual and precious species. Up here, there is no threat to their survival. There is just space for them to roam- wild and free. But down there, it’s a different story.
Faisal Sultan is a pilot based in Kenya. A Pakistani native, he has held and maintained a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Private Pilot License for over 15 years and has accumulated over 400 hours’ flight experience. Faisal also holds First Class Medical from the FAA and has worked in South Africa, South Sudan, and the United States, and for USAID funded programs.
Throughout his life, Faisal has always had a passion for animals and wildlife. He actively supports conservation and anti-poaching efforts worldwide and hopes the Flight for Wildlife can further raise international awareness of the horrific and devastating effects of wildlife poaching.
The World Record Attempt
The aim is to set a new world record in Class C-1B (a maximum take-off weight of 1,000 kgs) with the flight plan covering a distance of 40,000 kilometers – the circumference of the Earth at the equator – in 26 days. The aircraft will depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi in June and fly eastbound on its return to Kenya. The world record attempt has been registered with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – the international governing body of air sports.
The inspiration for Flight for Wildlife originated three years ago after a conversation between Faisal and Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Bin Jabr Al-Thani – the Founder of Qatar Airways, who holds a world record for flying solo in a twin-engine aircraft. Since then, Faisal has been determined to attempt to set his own world record in a single engine aircraft, and to do so to highlight the cause of wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts.
Wildlife poaching is among the top 5 illegal international trades, estimated to be worth between 7-10 billion USD annually.
Feeding markets for ivory and rhino horn, poaching not only threatens the survival of endangered species, but also threatens individuals, communities, and regional economies.
As well as elephants and rhino being killed and mutilated, many rangers who are employed to protect endangered species are also killed by poachers.
In Africa, tens of thousands of elephants are being killed for their ivory every year, and thousands of rhino for their tusks. Poachers are well equipped and often armed with heavy caliber ammunition.
Wildlife conservationists and anti-poaching campaigners are constantly urging the public to boycott ivory and tusk products to cut off demand and break the market.
They also lobby world leaders to elevate the issue politically by constantly calling on governments to enforce regulations more aggressively, improve anti-poaching laws, and prosecute those found guilty.
Faisal will make 41 stops for refueling on his journey
Preparations for the Flight for Wildlife have been taking place over the past three years. In early 2015, the aircraft – a Diamond DA20-C1 (Call Sign N61CT) – was acquired. Since then, it has undergone extensive upgrades and modifications to prepare it for the world record-breaking mission. Test flights conducted in November 2015 ensured all systems are a go well in advance of the take-off date of in June 2016.
Show your support for international wildlife conservation by sharing this website link, video footage, and social media sites on your social media platforms, and follow Faisal’s progress throughout his flight. Show your support for international wildlife conservation by sharing this website link, video footage, and social media sites on your social media platforms, and follow Faisal’s progress throughout his flight. Faisal has set up a fund for those who wish to donate. Any monies raised will be used twofold: to help cover the flight costs and to raise awareness of the importance of conserving our world’s precious species.
Capt. Moez Didarali
Pilot Flight for Wildlife
Eng. John Ndirangu
Capt. Eddie Gould
Capt. Ahmed Hassan
Dr. Joginder Bhangra
Special thanks to Farhana Zuberi and General Aviation Services Egypt for making this mission possible.
Information and Communication Technology
Ocean Air International is contributing all associated costs of the flight in Pakistan. Sultan Ishaque is contributing all associated costs of the flight in Thailand.
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