Coast to Coast Bioflight

$4,520 of $5,600 goal

Raised by 70 people in 10 months
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Ross McCurdy
I am Ross McCurdy, Science Teacher at Ponaganset High School in Rhode Island where I teach Science and Alternative Energy Classes.  This Gofundme.com page will help raise the funds needed to achieve the Coast to Coast Bioflight. This will be a Coast to Coast flight from Rhode Island to Santa Monica, California using aviation biofuel made from renewable Camelina plant seed oil.
This will be the first Transcontinental flight using biofuel in a certified light aircraft and will promote renewable energy and sustainability through the excitment of aviation. 

The benefits of this renewable aviation biofuel include lower emissions, made in America, and a significantly lower Carbon footprint. The goals of the Bioflight are to promote Aviation, Renewable Energy, and real world Science Education. We will be flying a single engine Cessna 182 equipped with an amazingly fuel efficient SMA aviation diesel able to run on the aviation biofuel.  Improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy are two great ways to help protect and improve our environment.

Joining me on the Bioflight will be my 12 year old son Aedan McCurdy, who is very enthusiastic about flying and renewable energy.  Fellow Paramus Flying Club member and friend Tomoharu Nishino will join us from Rhode Island to Dayton, Ohio and another pilot friend Thierry Saint Loup, with SMA Aviation Diesel Engines, will be flying with us from Texas to California. Along the way we look forward to meeting people and spreading the word about renewable energy. Our trip will include a visit to a Science and Technology school in Mesa, Arizona to talk with students about Aviation and Renewable Energy and Bioflight information will be shared through the www.bioplane.us website and social media.  Of course the Bioflight will also be used to teach our students here at Ponaganset High School in Rhode Island.

The Coast to Coast Bioflight is scheduled to take off very soon, on Saturday April 16th 2016, the birthday of aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright. The funds will be used to cover the cost of flying the Cessna 182 Bioplane for the 5,000 mile round trip to California and back.  This means a tremendous amount to me as years of work and thousands in personal expenses have gone into preparing for the Bioflight, and we are  almost ready to take off.  The aviation biofuel necessary to achieve the flight is now in place at the airports along the route and the Bioplane is ready.  Now we need your support for the home stretch to help us achieve this milestone flight and demonstrate the power of renewable energy.  Your help is deeply appreciated and I am immensely thankful for your support. 

Thank You!

Sincerely, Ross McCurdy
www.bioplane.us
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Update 5
Posted by Ross McCurdy
9 months ago
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My son Aedan and I want to thank everyone who helped make the Coast to Coast Bioflight possible. With your help we flew Coast to Coast, from KSFZ in Rhode Island to Santa Monica Airport in California, and back, using the aviation biofuel blend. Over 5,000 nautical miles! Over the entire flight the aviation biofuel performed perfectly in the SMA aviation diesel engine and we flew as high as 12,500 feet. The longest non stop section of the flight was 750 nm from Dallas to Dayton. With a favorable tailwind helping us we made that distance in just over 5 hours.
We landed safely back at KSFZ North Central State Airport in Rhode Island on Monday April 25th 5:22 pm to a warm reception of family, friends, and local tv news to report the flight. Aedan and I flew the Bioplane back to the Paramus Flying Club home base of Caldwell Airport in New Jersey on Wednesday April 27th completing the biofueled journey. Over the course of the flight we were delayed by some rough weather in the Texas area, flew through low clouds on an instrument flight plan out of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, saw amazing Western mountains and flew by the Hollywood sign and the beautiful California beaches. We met great people at every stop and it was an amazing trip.
Thanks so much for your help and support!

sincerely, Ross and Aedan McCurdy
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Posted by Ross McCurdy
10 months ago
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This Saturday April 16th is take off day from North Central State Airport in Rhode Island and Coming up fast!
First stop will be State College, Pennsylvania to top off with biofuel and meet people. Next stop Moraine Airpark in Dayton, Ohio where we will stay overnight. It will be great to be in Dayton for Wilbur Wright's Birthday!

Thank you for all your help with the Bioflight. The outpouring of support is absolutely inspiring!

sincerely, Ross and the Bioflight Team
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Update 3
Posted by Ross McCurdy
10 months ago
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Coast to Coast Bioflight has reached 54% of its goal! Thanks to everyone who has helped Bioflight get this far! Please share this to get the word out and make it to the home stretch. The support and positive response has been amazing and you have my most sincere appreciation.
Thanks!

sincerely, Ross
www.bioplane.us
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Update 2
Posted by Ross McCurdy
10 months ago
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I am amazed at the fast response from so many of my friends in our community. Thanks for believing in me and for all your support!
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Walter Congdon
10 months ago

Wishing you and the entire Coast to Coast crew the best of luck and good tailwinds. Your years of efforts are finally coming to fruition and will help to inspire and educate so many, especially our students. Have FUN!!

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Meghan Duquette
10 months ago

Which school in Mesa are you visiting? I'm in Phoenix!

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Sierra Ferland
10 months ago

This is absolutely amazing! Good luck out there, Mr.McCurdy!

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$4,520 of $5,600 goal

Raised by 70 people in 10 months
Created April 6, 2016
RM
Ross McCurdy  
$20
Brian Jepson
9 months ago
$20
Hilary Fortune
9 months ago
JO
$50
Jim & liz Oreilly
10 months ago
DB
$30
Del Borba
10 months ago

Awesome job!!

EP
$100
Elaine Prior
10 months ago

Glad to see you continuing your interest in science. I'm sure your students are excited. Come home safe. - Elaine Prior

JS
$100
Jochen Spengler
10 months ago

I wish I could join you again on this amazing trip !

LG
$10
Laurissa Galipeau
10 months ago

So proud of you and all the amazing things you are doing! Keep it up!

MR
$20
Mike Rodzen
10 months ago
SM
$25
Steve Malec
10 months ago
DP
$200
David Prieto
10 months ago

Blue skies all the way!

Walter Congdon
10 months ago

Wishing you and the entire Coast to Coast crew the best of luck and good tailwinds. Your years of efforts are finally coming to fruition and will help to inspire and educate so many, especially our students. Have FUN!!

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Meghan Duquette
10 months ago

Which school in Mesa are you visiting? I'm in Phoenix!

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Sierra Ferland
10 months ago

This is absolutely amazing! Good luck out there, Mr.McCurdy!

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