Jennings-Bates who has been sidelined since an accident in Queensland damaged his motor will be at the airport at 10am with Glenn Derouin who will provisionally have completed a new world record flight for the longest journey by paramotor.
After starting in Townsville on February 8th, the team has encountered some of the most demanding and challenging weather conditions Australia could throw at them including rain in Queensland, flooding in New South Wales, strong winds in Victoria and opposing winds win Western Australia. Despite the challenges, the team has been able to complete the expedition in record shattering time. The current record of 8,008km held by Ben Jordan in Canada took place over an almost 4 month period of time, the Flight4Life team has been able to complete over 8,500 kilometres in approximately half the time, quite an accomplishment in the weather conditions.
“It truly has been an epic 8500km journey” said Jennings-Bates “ I think we all feel like we have gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson and it is testimony to such a solid team that we were able to complete such a demanding expedition. Glenn has been forced to fly in conditions that many pilots would not wish to encounter”.
The team will be holding a media event on Thursday April 5th at 10am at the Jandakot headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, one of the charities they have been promoting on their flight. Media are invited to attend and footage of the journey will be made available.
Donations are being accepted for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Rally4Life, details on the two charities and how to donate can be found at www.theflight4life.com.
As soon as Jennings-Bates returns to Canada after this adventure, he will start training for the next, a 100km Ultramarathon in Guatemala in November to raise money for an orphanage and school in the region.
Supporters can follow the teams progress live on the internet with satellite tracking provided by HELIOS Global Tracking. To follow, log into their website at www.theflight4life.com
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