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In 2003, I flew Diabetes World Flight (DWF),
the first round-the-world flight by a licenced pilot with Type
1 Diabetes. The journey covered 26,300 nautical miles through
22 countries over five months in a twin-engine aircraft, raising
US$26,000 for diabetes research.
Diabetes World Flight demonstrates that a licenced
pilot with Type 1 Diabetes can fly safely according to US flying
regulations. In time it is hoped that other countries will adopt
similar systems to allow pilots with diabetes to fly: Diabetes
need not limit the scope of people's dreams and ambitions.
After completing my book "Dare To Dream:
Flying Solo With Diabetes" in 2005 about living and flying
with diabetes, I now give educational & motivational talks
to the diabetes industry in the USA and Europe. For a flavour
of some flying in 2007, have a look at the Youtube.com links
A fund-raising dinner was held in London at
the RAF Club in June in association with Diabetes
a project which broke the existing record to land in all 48 contiguous
USA states by 33 hours. The flight took just over 4 days to complete,
and with the fund-raising dinner, raised over $27,000 for the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Another project is planned for 2010 - www.diabetesflight50.org.
Please log on to www.diabetesflight48.com to see details including
a 6-minute DVD and media interviews.
Youtube Links to flying in Colorado's Rocky
Indian Peaks flight #1
Indian Peaks flight #2
Indian Peaks flight #3
Other Activities 2009
After five years of (truly tremendous!)
flying & diabetes
awareness-raising activities, in November 2007 I returned to
London and the fund management industry. Luckily, I continue
to fly regularly in the USA, using the same Diabetes World Flight
Baron B58 aircraft, including the diabetesflight48 flight in
Speaking engagements continued with talks to
Children With Diabetes first "Friends
for Life" meeting in the UK in August, to the International
Diabetes Federation World Diabetes Congress in
Montreal in October, and to JDRF UK's "Discovery Day" at
London's British Museum in November.
Extensive travel continues for both work and
pleasure - work has included 26 countries since March 2008, while
holiday time is taken up with flying visits (literally) to the
Activities for 2010
In July another diabetes awareness-raising and fund-raising dinner
is planned on 25th June 2010 in London in association with the
next flying project, www.diabetesflight50.com. Once again, funds
are being raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Additional talks are also planned, including one at the 3rd International
Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes
in Basel, Switzerland in February.
Pilots With Diabetes (www.pilotswithdiabetes.com)
November 2007 the inaugural meeting was held for "Pilots
With Diabetes", a British-based group of former commercial & military
pilots, existing and prospective private pilots, all of whom
have Type 1 Diabetes. The aim of the group (and website) is to
gather information that can help enable people with type 1 diabetes
to fly professionally in the UK. The website also aims to act
as a point of information contact for pilots with diabetes trying
to do the same in different countries. Please log on to find
out more information.
Background to Diabetes
In 1989, Douglas lost his military fast-jet flying career when
he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 25. At present
the US is the only country in the world that can issue a medical
licence to individuals with Type 1 Diabetes to exercise full
Private Pilot Licence privileges. DWF aims to show that it is
possible for such licenced pilots to fly safely according to
US FAA regulations. Overall,
Douglas wants to show that clinical conditions such as Diabetes
should not limit the scope of people's dreams.
Diabetes is a growing clinical
condition worldwide that has both short-term
and long-term health and lifestyle implications
for sufferers. Research projects are key to finding
ways to improve diabetes healthcare and ultimately
prevention and cure. Donations received by DWF
were awarded to the Diabetes UK Research Fund
and the Children With Diabetes Foundation (www.childrenwithdiabetes.com).