Keith Siilats and Andrei Floriou
Andrei, born in Romania, is a private pilot. Single and multi-engine rated, he is also an entrepreneur, and former Wall Street investor who’d been focused on biotechnology companies developing Multiple Sclerosis drugs. It didn’t take him long to realize how little people knew about MS.
Keith Siilats, born in Estonia, is no stranger to crossing the Atlantic in a small airplane. He’s a multi-engine, instrument rated and a CFI too! His 2009 trans-Atlantic flight inspired Andrei, and in July this year, they pulled together a team for their mission.
Fly for MS
Fly for MS is an unprecedented endeavor meant to raise global awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.
On August 30th 2010 their team will take off from New York aboard a small plane for a 29,000 mile (47,000 km) trans-Atlantic, trans-European journey with stops in 30 countries over 60 days.
During the voyage they will fly needy sufferers for treatment to distant MS hospitals, share the joy of flying with other people with MS, and fly MS specialists to financially-strapped MS hospitals.
The distance they’ll cover is almost enough to circle the globe, making the trip one of endurance for both man and machine. Fewer than 300 people have ever flown a small plane for such a distance on a single journey, versus 4,100 successful climbs on Mt. Everest.
They will use the attention drawn by the boldness and record-making magnitude of our undertaking, which fascinates and fuels the imagination of people not previously familiar with MS, to inform them about the disease and the lives of those touched by it, their hopes and despairs, their challenges and unbelievable strength.
Their target audience is the biggest ever for a single event: the 30 countries they will visit have a combined population of 1.2 billion and account for 1.4 million people with MS, 70% of the total worldwide.
Besides raising awareness, they will impact directly the lives of over 100 people with MS, and through them give hope and inspiration to most of those touched by MS. Additionally, in each country they will deliver a message with the key issues affecting the local MS community along with concrete suggestions for addressing them.
The entrepreneurial, spontaneous nature of their effort, conceived and implemented by a small multinational team, will inspire others like them. They are the example that you too can make a difference!
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Country City Airport Flt. Time Arrival Departure
US New York KFRG 31-Aug
US Westfield KBAF 0:33 31-Aug 31-Aug
US Aroostook KFVE 1:57 31-Aug 31-Aug
Canada Schefferville CYKL 2:57 31-Aug 31-Aug
Canada Iqaluit CYFB 2:56 31-Aug 1-Sep
Greenland Kulusuk BGKK 4:19 1-Sep 2-Sep
Iceland Isafjordur BIIS 2:08 2-Sep 2-Sep
Iceland Reykjavik BIRK 0:44 2-Sep 3-Sep
Iceland Vestmannaeyjar BIVM 0:24 3-Sep 3-Sep
Norway Stavanger ENZV 4:27 3-Sep 4-Sep
Denmark Tirstrup EKAH 1:18 4-Sep 5-Sep
Denmark Copenhagen EKRK 0:45 5-Sep 6-Sep
Norway Oslo ENGM 1:28 6-Sep 7-Sep
Sweden Norrköping ESSP 1:08 7-Sep 7-Sep
Sweden Stockholm - Bromma ESSB 0:49 7-Sep 9-Sep
Estonia Kardla EEKA 0:48 9-Sep 9-Sep
Estonia Tallinn EERA 0:22 9-Sep 11-Sep
Russia St. Petersburg ULLI 1:02 11-Sep 12-Sep
Russia Moscow UUWW 1:57 12-Sep 14-Sep
Ukraine Kiev UKKM 2:11 14-Sep 16-Sep
Moldova Chisinau LUKK 1:21 16-Sep 17-Sep
Romania Iasi LRIA 0:21 17-Sep 18-Sep
Romania Tulcea LRTC 0:47 18-Sep 19-Sep
Romania Bucharest LRBS 0:41 19-Sep 21-Sep
Poland Warsaw EPBC 2:47 21-Sep 23-Sep
Czech Prague LKPR 1:37 23-Sep 25-Sep
Slovakia Bratislava LZIB 1:11 25-Sep 26-Sep
Country City Airport Flt. Time Arrival Departure
Croatia Zagreb LDZA 0:53 26-Sep 28-Sep
Turkey Istanbul LTBA 3:27 28-Sep 30-Sep
Israel Tel Aviv LLBG 3:27 30-Sep 2-Oct
Israel Jerusalem OJJR 0:25 2-Oct 3-Oct
Greece Athens LGAV 3:36 3-Oct 4-Oct
Italy Milan LILG 4:27 4-Oct 6-Oct
Switzerland Zürich LSZH 0:37 6-Oct 8-Oct
Austria Vienna LOWW 2:01 8-Oct 9-Oct
Germany Munich EDDM 1:17 9-Oct 10-Oct
Germany Berlin EDDT 1:38 10-Oct 12-Oct
Netherlands Amsterdam EHAM 1:43 12-Oct 14-Oct
Belgium Brussels EBBR 0:54 14-Oct 15-Oct
France Paris LFPB 0:51 15-Oct 17-Oct
Spain Barcelona LEBL 2:28 17-Oct 18-Oct
Spain Madrid LEMD 1:28 18-Oct 19-Oct
Spain Malaga LEMG 1:22 19-Oct 20-Oct
UK Gibraltar LXGB 0:19 20-Oct 20-Oct
Portugal Lisbon LPPT 1:19 20-Oct 22-Oct
UK London EGSS 4:51 22-Oct 24-Oct
UK Edinburgh EGPH 1:35 24-Oct 25-Oct
Ireland Dublin EIDW 1:12 25-Oct 27-Oct
Iceland Reykjavík BIRK 4:30 27-Oct 28-Oct
Greenland Nuuk BGGH 4:05 28-Oct 29-Oct
Canada Goose Bay CYYR 3:45 29-Oct 29-Oct
Canada Montreal CYUL 3:43 29-Oct 30-Oct
US Atlanta KATL 4:35 30-Oct 31-Oct
US New York KFRG 3:35 31-Oct 31-Oct
It inspires me because they made flying success for long haul flight.At the same time,I do want to fly for MS:D Thanks Karlene san!! I was excited while reading although I don't fly.ReplyDelete