April 23, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
When Jared Isaacman lifted off, he intended to set a round-the-world speed record to raise money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, a charity that grants wishes to critically ill children. Although he returned home this month without the desired record, the $50,000 his effort raised will make dreams come true.
Isaacman, the 25-year-old founder and CEO of United Bank Card Inc., a major credit card transaction processor, launched March 28 in a Cessna Citation Mustang from New Jersey’s Morristown Municipal Airport. But he had to abandon the record attempt when he was denied permission to fly over or land in India.
A second flight, launched from Doha, Qatar, on April 2 missed setting the record for light jets by just one hour. But Isaacman believes he did set an eastbound round-the-world record for very light jets as well as 17 city-to-city records. The information has been submitted to the National Aeronautic Association and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale for confirmation.
Isaacman, who owns and flies a Citation III, Beechcraft Baron, and North American T-28C Trojan in addition to the Mustang used for the record attempt, says aviation is his passion and he thought the flight would be a good way to test himself and his aircraft while drawing attention to the work done by Make-A-Wish.
Although Isaacman is disappointed that he didn’t set the intended record, he can’t help but consider the effort a success. And, he says, he will try for the record again some day.
April 23, 2008
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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