This is a simple story.
There appears to be some contention as to whether the earth is flat or round.
I am a private pilot and plan to raise funds to fly across or around the earth. I will take an experienced co-pilot, a scientist with relevant study that believes the earth to be flat and another that believes the earth to be round. The route and method will be agreed prior to departure.
I have based this cost on a number of assumptions and over-estimated in most cases. Any additional fund raised that do no go towards this flight will be given to charity.
Costs and assumptions:
*Note, I am a PRIVATE PILOT so I cannot earn from this flight and I must pay towards the flight. Therefore I will be paying myself for the first and last flight of the expedition and will receive no pay.
A typical flight around the globe would consist of 25,000 miles which translates to 40,233km.
A Beechcraft Duchess seems to be the most suitable aircraft for this trip and will cost roughly £400ph to fly.
A Beechcraft will cruise at about 158kts which equates very roughly to 293kmp/h. I have revised this estimate downwards to 275kmp/h to take in to account unfavourable winds and other unknown factors.
40,233 (distance around the globe or to an edge and back)
275 (kmp/h speed of the aircraft)
= 147hrs flight time (rounded up from 146.3hrs)
PLUS 10% to factor in any unforseen problem
To be comfortable with such a difficult flight I will need a further 10hrs flying on this type which brings us to a grand total of 172hrs.
Assuming 5hrs of flying per day this gives us 34 days of flying (172 / 5) but we can probably expect the complete flight to take closer to double that time due to stops for rest and maintenance.
So 172hrs x £400ph = £68,800
I would add 10% again for any unforeseen maintenance costs, problems and also things like landing fees.
This gives us a final, grand total of £75,680.
I have only asked for £70,000 and I am willing to fund the flight with a further £10,000 myself if necessary (total max cost of £80,000). A reminder that anything raised in excess of the cost of this trip will be donated to charity. I will not be paid for my flying and will cover the costs of my own food and accommodation.
Here's a link to the most likely aircraft for the flight:
All donations regardless of the amount will receive a photo of the edge of the earth if/when we get there. Any donations over £1,000 will receive a framed photo signed by me, the pilot. 3% of the UK believe the earth is flat, if just 10% of you donated 40p we would reach our target!
I'm calling out the following people who have questions about the shape of the Earth, to most of you £70,000 is a drop in the ocean, put your money where your mouth is...
1. Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics NBA Player)
2. Kanye West - Future Presidential candidate - also did music
3. WWE superstar AJ Styles
4. Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. (B.o.B) - American Rapper
5. Freddie Flintoff - Former England cricketer
6. Tila Tequila - Former reality show star and model
7. Robin from Bristol - You know who you are....
I know there are concerns that we will be shot down when we get to the ice wall but I'm willing to turn around if we need to and drop off anyone that doesn't want to fly with me to the ice wall. I will then muster all my courage, fly it myself and Livestream it.
Come on people, dig deep, this is an important cause.
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