UA Alumnus Aiding Brother in Goal to Beat World Record

Leah Cresswell
April 17, 2013

UA alumnus Daniel Wiegand is helping his brother, Jack Wiegand, toward accomplishing something incredible – breaking the Guinness World Record for the youngest solo pilot to fly around the globe.

Daniel Wiegand, former president of the UA's Flying Club, has been helping to market and fundraise for the flight. The solo trip will begin May 1 with 24 planned stops in 14 different countries at about 24,000 miles. 

Jack Wiegand hopes the trip will take no more than 50 days.

Planning for the flight has consisted of 50 hours of training in his Mooney Ovation2 GX airplane. Also Jack Wiegand, who has held onto the record-breaking goal since age 13, took a semester off school at the University of Colorado, Boulder to prepare for the flight of his dreams.

The flight around the world will cost between $80,000 and $90,000, so in addition to Daniel Wiegand's help, other members of the Wiegand family have been fundraising. Extra funds will support to two different charities: Big Brothers Big Sisters and International Agri-Center Ag Warriors, which benefits returning war veterans by helping to place them in long-term agriculture professions following their military service.

The UA Flying Club's mission, as noted on its site, is to "help students who are interested in flying, for fun or as a career, as well as students interested in aviation, to discover and experience the joy of flying. The club is a great place for students to talk with other aviation enthusiasts, meet pilots in the area and talk to guest speakers from various fields in the aviation industry. The club is open to and welcomes all students. And the best part is you don’t have to know anything about flying."

Photos courtesy of Solo Flight 20/13

Contacts: Daniel Wiegand at djwiegand89@gmail.com; Jack Wiegand at jack.wiegand@gmail.com

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