OSHKOSH, WI--(Marketwired - Jul 31, 2013) - Pilot Amelia Rose Earhart will announce today her intention to circumnavigate the globe in a Pilatus PC-12 NG single-engine aircraft. Departure from Oakland, California is scheduled for June 2014.
"My passion for flight and adventure has driven me to explore new experiences I never would have imagined possible as a child," said Amelia. "Hard work, persistence and great role models have enabled me to fly outside the lines and achieve my dreams. Aviation plays an integral role in my life and I hope to share some of that joy with others through this adventure."
In partnership with Denver's Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Amelia and co-pilot, Patrick Carter, will fly more than 100 hours and make 14 stops on their journey. This flight plan follows a 2012 transcontinental flight, also tracing one of Amelia Earhart's noteworthy voyages from Oakland, California, to Miami.
"Amelia and Patrick's love of flight, yearning for adventure and dedication to safety and education make them great ambassadors for the Pilatus brand," said Thomas Bosshard, President and CEO for Pilatus Business Aircraft, Ltd. "The Pilatus PC-12 NG's unique combination of reliability, speed, range and performance make it the perfect aircraft to complete this demanding flight. We look forward to helping The Amelia Project raise awareness for more young women to pursue a fulfilling career in aviation."
Earhart, a traffic and weather anchor and philanthropist in Denver has dreamt of this flight since she was 18 years old. She started her flight training in 2004 and continues to build upon her growing list of certificates and ratings. Amelia is the founder and president of the Fly With Amelia Foundation, which provides flight scholarships to young women; flight-based educational curriculum; and a variety of opportunities for people to get involved in aviation. Amelia is a member of The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, and works with more than 75 charities each year. She is dedicated to advancing opportunities through flight to people of all ages and backgrounds.
In July of this year, Amelia was awarded the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award, an honor and $10,000 grant that will allow her to provide young women with flight training, at the 17th annual Amelia Earhart festival in Atchison, Kansas. The award is given to a woman who carry on the first Amelia's spirit and shows women that the sky is not the limit when it comes to their goals.
The Amelia Project has several prestigious sponsors including Jeppesen, which will provide navigational and weather information, and flight planning and operations management for the global journey.
"Captain Jeppesen and Amelia Earhart were contemporaries and each made a lasting and profound impact on aviation history," said Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen chief executive officer. "It is only fitting that Jeppesen is partnering with the Amelia Project to close Amelia Earhart's flight plan, helping to raise awareness of aviation opportunities."
For more information please visit www.flywithamelia.org and follow Amelia on Facebook, Twitter and her flight training blog.
About The Amelia Project:
Amelia Rose Earhart, aviatrix, philanthropist as well as traffic and weather anchor for NBC 9 News in Denver in partnership with accomplished pilot, flight instructor and entrepreneur, Patrick Carter, will embark on an epic journey to symbolically recreate Amelia Earhart's 1937 flight around the world. The adventure departs in the summer of 2014.
About Pilatus Aircraft Ltd:
Founded in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is the only Swiss company to develop, produce and sell aircraft to customers around the world: from the legendary Pilatus Porter PC-6 to the best-selling PC-12, a single-engine turboprop, and the PC-21, the training system of the future. Pilatus is currently developing the PC-24 -- the world's first ever business jet for use on short unmade runways. Headquartered in Stans, Switzerland, Pilatus is a privately held company employing over 1600 people worldwide.
Since its introduction in 1994, the PC-12 has steadily grown in sales to become one of the top selling turbine-powered business aircraft in the world. Its main advantages are the ability to take off from and land on short, unimproved airstrips, the largest cabin in its class and range of up to 3,000 km. Over the last 19 years, over 1,200 PC-12s have been delivered all over the world.
For more than 75 years Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today, this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers transformative information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air and sea operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a Boeing subsidiary and part of the Digital Aviation business unit within Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. Boeing offers the industry's largest portfolio of services, support and solutions, collectively known as the Boeing Edge, providing customers a competitive advantage by solving real operational problems, enabling better decisions, maximizing efficiency and improving environmental performance - intelligent information solutions across the entire aviation ecosystem.