Solo pilot who made stopover in Oman breaks world record

Muscat - 

An 80-day flight around the world that brought 22 year old Swiss national Carlo Schmid to Muscat in July came to a successful end as he landed his Cessna 210 at Dubendorf military airport in Switzerland on Saturday.

The feat made him the youngest pilot to fly around the world solo, beating former record holder American Irving Barrington, who accomplished the same feat in 2007 at the age of 23. Schmid and his team also managed to raise CHF50,000 (RO20,725) for UNICEF in the process.

Lauding the achievement, Youcef Fartas, Honorary Consul General of Switzerland in Oman, said, “Carlo Schmid is an example for the youth, and a great ambassador for Switzerland. His support team of hardworking young people gave him the help he needed to accomplish his dream while raising money for a good cause.”

Schmid visited 43 towns in 21 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. He also raised money for UNICEF-funded education projects in India.

During a stopover in Muscat (as published by Muscat Daily on July 18), Schmid had said that he was impressed by the beauty of Oman and the kindness of its people. “This is the nicest country I've been to so far and I'm definitely coming back for a longer stay,” he said.

After a total of 110 flying hours, Schmid landed at Dubendorf military airport, accompanied by a PC7 squadron of nine aeroplanes from the Swiss Army. Around 2,000 people attended the event, according to a press release.

“I would like to thank my family and friends, my team, sponsors and partners, the representatives of the media and my loyal fans, as well as the many people who supported and believed in me,” he said.

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