Swiss pilot Carlo Schmid flies around the world in 80 days
Zurich, September 29, 2012 – Carlo Schmid, 22-year-old Swiss pilot has returned home to Switzerland, safe and sound, after an adventurous 80-day flight around the world – now, the new world record holder. More than this: The project also fulfilled its charitable purpose – the young pilot collected CHF 50,000 for UNICEF.
After a total of 110 flying hours, Carlo Schmid landed punctually at Dubendorf military airport at 13:15. The pilot and new world record holder alighted the Cessna210 with a rapt smile on his lips. 22-year-old Carlo Schmid is the youngest pilot of all times to fly around the world on his own in a small aircraft. The record set up by 23-year-old American Irving Barrington in 2007 has now been broken by this young Swiss pilot whose name will be added to the Guinness World Records Book.
Upon his arrival at Dubendorf military airport, accompanied by a PC7 squadron, Carlo was welcomed and celebrated by his fans, friends, family, sponsors, media representatives, and surprise guests. About 2000 persons attending his arrival heard the first words of the new world record holder upon setting his feet on Swiss territory: „Yeah, I made it! I am incredibly happy to be back here in Dubendorf, where I set out on my extraordinary adventure precisely 80 days ago.“ Carlo Schmid then thanks everyone who made this fantastic journey possible and contributed to fulfilling his dream in life: „I would like to thank my family and friends, my team, my sponsors and partners, the representatives of the media and obviously, my loyal fans as well as the many, many people who supported and believed in me“.
A check for UNICEF over Swiss Franks 50,000
The adventure was successful and so was the charitable purpose that was an important part of the RTW2012 project from the very beginning, i.e. collecting funds for UNICEF. Net income from the project will go in full to UNICEF and be invested in an educational project for girls in India. At the military airport, Carlo Schmid handed over to Flavio Calligaris, member of Executive Management of UNICEF Switzerland, a check over Swiss Franks 50,000.
￼Backed by a strong team
Carlo Schmid will continue to work as a pilot in the future – either as a flight instructor or as a pilot for pleasure or taxi flights. But first of all, he will be celebrating the successful conclusion of the project together with his team: ”This celebration today and the success of this flight are the result of many years of hard work. I am proud of the entire RTW2012 team and the performance of every individual team member. Without my team, such an undertaking would never have been possible“.
If you wish to learn more about the journey, Carlo Schmid is planning to write a book about it, his personal version of „Around the World in 80 Days“.
This project was supported by the following sponsors, donors and service providers:
TCS Touring Club Switzerland, Solution Providers Switzerland AG, Pro Linguis AG, Gyso AG, Molinari Rail AG, ExLibris, IKEA, Sherpa Outdoor AG, Schweizer Sportfernsehen, Joiz, Premium Jet AG, Radio Zürisee, Radio Argovia, Hirslanden Andreas Clinic, Fritz-Gerber Foundation, Hangar Entertainment Group GmbH, New Media & Design GmbH, AManfredi Entertainment, Union 3 Communications as well as the many hours of voluntary work of the members of the RTW2012 team.