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NEW ADVENTUREOn 31 March 2019, I will embark on an attempt to set a world record by becoming the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a Gyrocopter, travelling 37,000 km.

The mission is to inspire one million young people around the world to pursue their own goals and dreams, whilst raising funds for two great charities: Kindled Spirit, who support and rehabilitate young victims of human trafficking and slavery; and Over The Wall, who run residential activity camps for children with serious health issues.

I will set off from Popham Airfield in Hampshire on a trip that will take me through Europe to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, India, Thailand, Japan, and into Russia. I will then cross the Bering Straits to Alaska, and travel across Canada, the USA, Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands before heading back to the UK. I will give talks in schools and to youth organisations in every country I pass through as I make my way around the world, sharing stories of fun and adventure!

I will need to cover a distance of 37,000 kilometres to complete the world record according to regulations set out by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

This is my biggest adventure to date… Please donate to my wonderful charities here https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com
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DREAM OF FLIGHT#CaptainKetch
On his way to make
an Aviation History.

JUAN DE LA CIERVA ~ InventorThe Gyrocopter

Gyrocopter is a type of rotorcraft that uses an unpowered rotor in free autorotation to develop lift. Forward thrust is provided independently. The autogyro’s rotor must have air flowing across the rotor disc to generate rotation, and the air flows upwards through the rotor disc rather than down.
PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION
Helicopter works by forcing the rotor blades through the air, drawing air from above, the autogyro rotor blade generates lift in the same way as a glider’s wing.
FLIGHT CONTROLS
There are three primary flight controls: control stick, rudder pedals, and throttle. The control stick is termed the cyclic and tilts the rotor in the desired direction
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HISTORY
Juan de la Cierva was a Spanish engineer and aeronautical enthusiast vowed to develop an aircraft that could fly safely at low airspeeds. The result was the first successful rotorcraft, which he named Autogiro in 1923.
WORLD RECORD
The autogyro is one of the last remaining types of aircraft which has not yet been used to circumnavigate the globe.
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SERIAL ADVENTURERThe Ultimate Triathlon

‘The Ultimate Triathlon’ by James Ketchell is a work of non-fiction based on the experiences and journey to become the only person in history to complete what the media dubbed the ‘Ultimate Triathlon’.

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THE ROW
In 2010, James rowed single-handed across the Atlantic Ocean.
The crossing took a total of 110 days, 4 hours and 4 minutes. He battled freak storms that lasted weeks and run out of food 230 miles from the Caribbean.
THE CLIMB
In 2011, James reached the summit of Mount Everest. On his descent he realised something was seriously wrong when he could hardly breathe and stand on his own two feet. Eventually diagnosed with a severe lung infection.
THE CYCLE
In 2013, James cycled solo and unsupported 18,000 miles around the world.
James cycled through 20 different countries and spoke in a school in every country he visited.
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James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world in what the media dubbed “The Ultimate Triathlon”.

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