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Robert DeLaurentis is an American aviator, businessman and author.[1][2][3] He was the first solo pilot to fly a Piper Malibu Mirage, a small, single-engine plane,[4][5] around the world May 17, 2015 to August 14, 2015.[6] The flight covered 26,000 nautical miles and 23 countries in the ninety-eight days for a fundraising campaign to support aviation programs.[7][8]

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BiographyEdit

DeLaurentis was born in Salamanca, New York, moved to the Bay area and Indonesia and finally settled in San Diego, California. Following an undergraduate degree in Accounting from USC, he earned an advanced graduate degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.[9] From 1989 to 2006, DeLaurentis served in the United States Navy as Lieutenant Commander. In 1995, following his Navy career, he founded a real estate development company, Innorev Enterprises, Inc. with projects throughout San Diego, CA.[10] He has authored the book Flying Thru Life and announced his second book, Zen Pilot, to be released in the early 2016.[11]

Around the world flightEdit

DeLaurentis decided to attempt to fly solo around the world to raise awareness and funding for programs at Lindbergh-Schweitzer Elementary and AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) Flight Training Scholarship Program by the name "The Spirit of San Diego".[12][13] He was testing new aviation technology to make aviation more affordable and safer.[14][15] Departing Lindbergh Field, San Diego, CA in the single engine Piper Malibu Mirage named 'Spirit of San Diego' on May 17, 2015,[16][17] DeLaurentis covered 26,000 nautical miles and 23 countries in the ninety-eight days.[18][19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Around the world in 90 days, for a cause". The Times of India. July 6, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Mirna Alfonso. "Small Plane Big Enough For Flight Around the World". Patch Media. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Dan Namowitz (May 13, 2015). "Pilot plans around-the-world flight to promote GA,". AOPA. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Local Pilot Breaks Record on Round the World Flight,". Chicago Sun-Times. August 24, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "American pilot making epic solo flight around the world". CBC News. July 16, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  6. ^ Ashley Jacobs (August 25, 2015). "Local pilot completes round the world trip". CBS 8. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  7. ^ Joshua Stewart (August 25, 2015). "Around the World – Barely". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  8. ^ Louis Power (May 21, 2015). "Around the world in 90 days". The Telegram. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "About Robert". Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "Who's Doing What and Where". The University of Southern California. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "Pilot Robert DeLaurentis giving new meaning to the term 'flying through life'". CBC News. May 23, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  12. ^ Diane Bell (August 24, 2015). "Around the world in 'Spirit of San Diego'". U-T San Diego. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  13. ^ "Small plane ends around-the-world trip in San Diego". Fox 5 San Diego. August 24, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  14. ^ Dan Namowitz (May 13, 2015). "Pilot plans around-the-world flight to promote GA". AOPA. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  15. ^ "Fliegen für den guten Zweck". Grenchner Tagblatt. June 10, 2015.
  16. ^ Diane Bell (August 21, 2015). "San Diegans win 'Skin Wars', aviation coup". U-T San Diego. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  17. ^ "Zen pilot stops in St. John's during round-the-world trip". NTV Canada. May 22, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  18. ^ "The Spirit of San Diego". KOGO. August 25, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  19. ^ Joshua Stewart (August 24, 2015). "After 27,000 miles, brush with death, pilot returns". U-T San Diego. Retrieved November 15, 2015.

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