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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
An often overlooked resource for Webelos and Troops is the EAA's Young Eagle project. At local airports around the United States, youth 8-17 years old can get a free 20 minute airplane tour. They are used to working with Scout Troops, so they can assist you with paperwork. There are no strings attached. As part of a Woodbadge ticket, I produced a short "Scout Danny" video on the subject, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r7tl3lU3Eo Thanks, Danny