On 28th April 2011 British paraplegic pilot Dave Sykes set off on an epic solo, record breaking microlight journey from York, England to Sydney, Australia to celebrate 81 years since Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo to Australia.
This challenging feat of aviation saw Dave Sykes pass through 19 different countries, and fly over 11,600 Nautical Miles.
Flying over incredibly hostile terrain along with long sea crossings and deserts, while also encountering testing meteorological conditions on the way.
As well as having to Struggle with the Day to Day aspects that being in a wheelchair brings Along, Dave Sykes is now the first Paraplegic to Fly From York to Sydney in a Microlight ever.
This trip was also being flown to raise money for the charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
It was anticipated that the flight will take six to eight weeks and route through the following countries:
England -- France -- Italy -- Greece -- Egypt -- Saudi Arabia -- Qatar -- Dubai -- Oman -- Pakistan India -- Bangladesh -- Myanmar (Burma) -- Thailand -- Malaysia -- Singapore -- Indonesia -- Australia
but actually took 4 months to complete.