OSHKOSH — Pilot Amelia Rose Earhart announced her intention to circumnavigate the globe in a Pilatus PC-12 NG single-engine aircraft today at AirVenture.
Departure from Oakland, California, is scheduled for next June.
In partnership with Denver’s Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Earhart — a distant relative of the famous pilot — 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 voyages from Oakland, California, to Miami. One of the missions of The Amelia Project is to raise awareness among young women of careers in aviatio
Earhart, a traffic and weather anchor and philanthropist in Denver, said she has dreamed 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.
She 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.
In July, she was awarded the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award, a $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 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: FlyWithAmelia.org