An Angel In The Cockpit

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An Angel In The Cockpit
It began with a photograph in a magazine of an odd little aircraft that looked as though it had an upside-down tail. When Vijaypat Singhania, chairman of Raymond, leading industrialist and a respected pillar of society, saw the picture, it inspired him to take off on an adventure that could only end in disaster, if it didn't end in glory. For, like his hero, JRD Tata, Singhania had a passion for flying, and the aircraft he saw was a Shadow Microlight - a twinseater aircraft with a two-stroke engine akin to a motobike's. An aircraft so small that, in his own words, sitting in it 'felt less like being in an aircraft than wearing one'! In this tiny vehicle, Singhania flew 5000 miles from England to India, in 22 days - from 18 August 1988 to 8 September 1988. In doing so, he broke the existing record of 34 days over the same distance, set the previous year by a British pilot, Brian Milton, and earned himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. As he prepares to set yet another record - by flying to over 65,000 feet in a hot-air balloon in November 2005 - Singhania recounts his adventures, both hair-raising and hilarious, as he fights his fear of sharks, finds himself on a nudist beach in Iraklion, encounters Greek beauties in Milos and tough-talking pathans in Gwadar, with only an angel and three gods for company.
About the Author
One of India's foremost industrialists and Chairman Emeritus, Raymond Group, Dr Vijaypat Singhania, has been an aviator for four decades with a total flying experience of over 5000 hours, including several hundred hours on Boeing 737s with East West, Damania, Alliance and Sahara Airways. In addition to the record-breaking flight described in this book, he has many aviation honours to his credit, including the Federation Aeronautique Internationale Gold Medal (FAI), the most coveted award in aviation sports, which he won for the International Round the World Air Race in 1994. He was conferred the rank of Honorary Air Commodore of the Indian Air Force (IAF) by the then President of India, R. Venkataraman, and is the only civilian member of the Squadron of the Battle Axes, the No. 7 Air Squadron of the IAF. He was also recently conferred the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award for Lifetime Achievement.
TitleAn Angel In The Cockpit
Author NameDr Vijaypat Singhania
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2005
Total No. of Pages288
Weight0.55 KGS
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