eNews – May 2016

Jon Hilton's India Zulu

Jon Hilton’s India Zulu

Hilton calls off global flight

BARTON CTSW pilot Jon Hilton has called off his round-the-world trip.

As you may remember, Jon previously flew to Canada and back in the CT then dented it rather badly in a wind shear prang at his Barton base. After having India Zulu repaired, he flew her back from Berlin then set off to fly around the world to raise money for cancer research. In a series of 500-mile hops, he reckoned it would take two months, but by Day 11 his repaired machine was struggling with the heat in the Middle East.

“She has a few problems which may deteriorate into big problems. I’ve had to make a judgement call. We’re struggling with the revised Saudi permits, which should come through but may take days, and she won’t survive in the heat,” he said. “My Indian visa runs out tomorrow, and it’s only going to get hotter, so I’ve decided to turn round and head home. I’ll personally refund any charity donations people have made. I’m very, very sorry, but I’ll try again in March 2017.”

Jon’s been blogging about the expedition on Facebook since mid-2009. It’s not over yet, but his story so far is well worth a read.

Geoff Hill, Editor
mfeditor@bmaa.org

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