It’s tough to achieve a genuine first these days but Staunton Whiteman founder Nick Staunton is having a good go at it by attempting to fly solo across Africa… in a tiny, open cockpit gyrocopter.
Since setting off from Cape Town last month, Staunton has traversed some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world en route to Cairo, which he is aiming to reach mid-month, with no air, ground support or autopilot.
The journey has not been without drama. The former King Sturge surveyor at one point narrowly avoided having to make an emergency landing when his engine temporarily cut out. On another occasion he had to contend with his windshield threatening to fall off into the gyro’s propellers.
Fortunately, nothing has grounded him yet and he continues on his journey across the Namib Desert, Skeleton Coast, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, Masai Mara, the River Nile and the Great Pyramids.
His goal is to raise £30,000 to £50,000 to support the Railway Children charity’s work with street children. Visit www.gyroafrica.org to read his blog and find out how he’s getting on.