A budding Forfar pilot has landed himself a dream role in a once in a lifetime adventure.
Michael Rose (19), a mechanical engineering student at Dundee University, hopes to become a pilot in the RAF when he graduates, so there was no surprise when he jumped at the chance of helping out a fellow pilot in need.
He answered a call from Scottish Aero Club chairman Dave McElroy who will complete his Phileas Fogg-like challenge to circumnavigate the globe at Scone Airfield when he makes his final landing on Sunday.
He has been joined by Michael for the last leg of his journey in his single-engine Piper Comanche, following a last minute plea when his co-pilot dropped out.
Michael is only a month away from earning his own “wings” and quickly replied to Dave’s plea in an email.
The adventure is to raise funds for the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance and a Canadian Foundation, with around £330,000 being pledged.
On his justgiving page Michael, a member of the 2231 (Forfar) Squadron Air Cadets, said: “The previous passenger had to pull out and I have been lucky enough to get the fantastic opportunity to complete the last leg over the Atlantic back to Scotland. The flight will make stops in Goose Bay, Greenland, Iceland before touching down at Perth around August 10.
“The mascot of 2231 (Forfar) Squadron Air Cadets, James Bigglesworth Bear, has been travelling with Dave McElroy around on the whole trip. Forfar Air Cadets have been fundraising also for SCAA and helped at the fundraising Day at Scone Aerodrome. As the Senior NCO of Forfar Squadron I am delighted to be accompanying James the Bear on its return journey back to Scotland.”
Pilots and non-pilots alike have been given the chance to fly as either co-pilot or passenger in the plane with Mr McElroy.
The opportunity was too good to miss for Michael, who has wanted to be a pilot for as long as he can remember.
The former pupil of Langlands Primary and Forfar Academy is hoping to raise £750 for SCAA and at the time of going to press yesterday he had reached £468.42 in donations.
Anyone wishing to support his incredible mission you can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/MichaelAtlanticCrossing to donate.