Pi­lot Pro­ject A fa­ther-son team cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe for Canada 150

A fa­ther and son cir­cled the globe for Canada 150, mak­ing his­tory of their own

ZOOMER Magazine - - CON­TENTS MARCH 2018 - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Peter Bregg For more, go to face­book.com/c150go. —Vi­vian Vas­sos

IN DE­CEM­BER 2015, Steven Den­gler, 48, and his fa­ther, Bob, 77, posed the ques­tion: how can we cel­e­brate 150 years of Cana­di­ana for our home and na­tive land’s big birth­day in 2017? Then in­spi­ra­tion struck: they were both trained he­li­copter pi­lots, so why not fly? The C150 Global Odyssey, the first Cana­dian cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the world by he­li­copter, was born. After 18 months of plan­ning, the fa­ther-son duo achieved liftoff on July 1, 2017. Over the next 48 days, the team flew a Cana­dian-made Bell 429 he­li­copter 37,000 kilo­me­tres, span­ning 14 coun­tries – and right into the his­tory record books as the first-ever fa­ther-son cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion by any type of air­craft. “As an of­fi­cial Canada 150 event, our trip vis­ited many sites sig­nif­i­cant to Cana­dian his­tory,” says Steven, “in­clud­ing the Canada Avi­a­tion and Space Mu­seum in Ottawa, Bad­deck Bay in Nova Sco­tia, Sig­nal Hill in New­found­land, Canada House in Lon­don and Vimy Ridge in France.” Once back home, the pi­lots hit an­other per­sonal his­tory high. In De­cem­ber, they met Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and pre­sented him with the Canada 150 flag, which had flown with them. Trudeau had fol­lowed their jour­ney. “One of the proud­est mo­ments in my life,” Steven posted on Twit­ter. “I’m proud to say we car­ried the ban­ner and spirit of Canada around the world.”

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