Dyslexic pilot flies tiny plane halfway around the world

Dyslexic pilot flies tiny plane halfway around the world

Malaysian youth says he wanted to do something to motivate people

Dyslexic pilot flies tiny plane halfway around the world

Braving inborn difficulty to read numbers and symbols, 21-year-old dyslexic Malaysian pilot Capt James Anthony Tan has managed to fly half-way around the world in a tiny single Cessna 210 Eagle aircraft.

“I wanted to do something to inspire and motivate people and convey the message to youngsters from all over the world that nothing is impossible,” Tan, a commercial pilot who has a flying record in North Africa and the US, said after arriving here from Nagpur via Karachi on Saturday.

Narrating his flying experience, Tan told a press conference that he had moments of concern about sufficient fuel and weather “while I was flying from Russia to Alaska and when I saw frozen waves.

“It was a simply incredible scene as I was crossing an icy zone and I had to warm the engine with a heating device and hand gloves were not enough. Temperature was -30 degrees celsius,” he said.

The Acting High Commissioner of Malayasia Raszlan Abdul Rashid was also present at the press conference.

Tracking system

To overcome difficulties, the Malaysian youth maintained a tracking system on his website which indicated the progress of his journey.

With a pilot licence from Australia and the UK, Tan claimed to be the youngest pilot to fly alone around the world in a single engine aircraft, besides achieving the feat in the shortest duration.

He said he has always tried to raise awareness about problems faced by children with special needs and motivate them to chase their own dreams.
Covering 6,400 nautical miles, Tan started his flight from Langkawi in Malayasia on March 26 and will return to Kuala Lumpur via Phuket on May 15.

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