Pilot Faisal Sultan in Wildlife world record attempt
This June 6, Pilot Faisal Sultan will attempt to set a new world record circumnavigating the globe in a single engine aircraft within 26 days to raise awareness of international wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts.
Many of the world’s species are on the brink of extinction. Multiple international organizations are committed to continually working to preserve these species. However, their efforts are constantly eroded and destroyed by poachers who illegally mutilate and kill species in order to supply a market for products like ivory and husk. Faisal’s Flight for Wildlife aims to heighten international awareness of the threat of poachers, and the need for governments and individuals to take this threat seriously.
Faisal will depart Kenya’s Nairobi Jkia international Airport and fly eastbound covering over 41,400 kilometers. He will make 41 stops for refueling on his journey and hopes to return to Nairobi within 26 days. The hugely challenging journey will see him face unpredictable weather conditions, flight and routing issues, as well as enormous time pressure. The world record attempt in Class C-1B has been registered with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – the international governing body of air sports.
“I’m delighted to be able to use my skills to highlight the importance of the work of conservation groups. I’ve always sought challenges and try to push myself to the limit. The Flight for Wildlife is the culmination of my love for animals and my ambitions as a pilot,” said Pilot Faisal Sultan.
Sultan is a pilot based in Kenya. A Pakistani native, he has held and maintained a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Private Pilot License for over 15 years and has accumulated over 400 hours’ flight experience. Faisal also holds First Class Medical from the FAA and has worked in South Africa, Sudan, and the United States, and for the US-funded South African Election Support Program. Throughout his life, Faisal has always had a passion for animals and wildlife.