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The Nantucket Flying Association, Inc. (NFA), the “Voice of General Aviation” on Nantucket, recently hosted British aviator and adventurer James Ketchell as he works towards his objective of circumnavigating the globe in a Magni gyrocopter. Flying to support two charities, “Kindled Spirit” and “Over the Wall,” and with a goal to inspire young people, James has now accomplished his plan to land in all 49 mainland US states. Capt. Ketch, as he is known, needs to cover 37,000 kilometres to complete the world-record according to regulations set out by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. While on Nantucket, James spoke with young people, including NFA Aviation Campers and Girl Scouts as he is an International Scout Ambassador (not sure about International, I did find Hampshire (UK). Also the term Ambassador appears to having multiple meanings. Confused - RS) James also embarked on an aerial tour of the island, met local pilots and enjoyed lobster with NFA members. James’ Hampshire Scout Ambassador role is to raise the profile of scouting in a positive manner and has stated, “Scouting is a fantastic opportunity for young people to have fun and make new friends in a safe and adventurous environment, something everyone should experience”. “Scouting provides an opportunity for tremendous challenge and everyday adventure to young people around the world. A truly wonderful family that I am proud to be a part of”. “I am super proud to be an ambassador to over 22,000 amazing Scouts in Hampshire. Scouting provides a positive impact on everyone involved from young people to volunteers and members of the community”. “Scouting has a positive impact on so many lives around the world. Sharing adventures, making new friends, learning valuable life skills and gaining confidence is something every young person can benefit from”. ...On Aug. 27, James left mainland Canada, flying to Baffin Island where he begins the most challenging part of his journey- flying across the cold North Atlantic! P.S. Look familiar? James Bond (Sean Connery) fly an autogyro aircraft nicknamed Little Nellie in the movie You Only Live Twice. This unusual machine was based on the Wallis WA-116 Agile, a British autogyro developed in the early 1960s by former Royal Air Force Wing Commander Ken Wallis who also was the Little Nellie stunt pilot https://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com/product/little-nellie-wallis-wa-116-agile-series-1-gyroplane
Eagle Scout's Appalachian Trail thru-hike is about more than testing Scouting skills. Matthew and David, two scouts from Troop 505 in Austin, Texas are nearing the halfway point of their Great Appalachain Trail Expedition. They have encountered bears, incliment weather, and tough terrain, but mostly they have experienced true generousity, friendship, and encouragement along the trail. Follow their blog at www.thegreatATexpedition.com to read about why America is still great. You can also read an interesting article from Scouting Magazine to learn more about their journey. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/06/28/eagle-scouts-appalachian-trail-thru-hike-is-about-more-than-testing-scouting-skills/