2019 Route and Tracking
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2019 expedition overview smallThe crew on this extraordinary venture will fly over 12,000 kilometres (6,700 nautical miles), landing at some 35 airports along the way. The flight includes pilots Dave McElroy in his RV6, Steve Drinkwater in his Piper Cherokee and Ian Porter in his Pipistrel Virus. Give Hope Wings will depart Abbotsford airport on June 15 with its Stage l Volunteer Flight Crew (VFC) members.

The flight will make stops along the way to bring the message of Hope Air to various communities in British Columbia, after which it will fly on to the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska. After a crew change in Fairbanks, Stage ll will depart with new crew members, heading north. It will then circumnavigate Alaska counter-clockwise before arriving at Anchorage, where it will stop over and take on it’s last set of Volunteer Flight Crew members. From Anchorage, Stage III will fly eastward across the top of the Alaska Panhandle before turning south and flying down the B.C. Coast for a triumphant return to its original launch pad at Abbotsford.

The entire expedition will take about three weeks, depending on weather. All flying will be conducted under VFR (Visual Flight Rules), meaning the aircraft will not be flying through inclement weather, so all crew and passengers will fully enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way.

The furthest east our journey will take us is Yellowknife, N.W.T. (114° East), the most northerly point is Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska (71° North), and the furthest point west is Little Diomede Island on the Russian border, halfway across the Bering Strait (168° West). The flying schedule has been broken into relatively short hops interspersed with breaks for sightseeing along the route.

Give Hope Wings will continuously broadcast its position on www.GiveHopeWings.ca via satellite tracker which will update position, altitude, heading and groundspeed every ten minutes.