21 year old to fly solo around the world

Pilot and university student Alexander Quessy will be youngest Briton ever to complete solo global circumnavigation flight. Raising money for Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) to honour its centennial celebrations.

Alexander Quessy (4th from left) with the founding stakeholders of Flight100 including Dr Chris Dawes (far right) Operations Director of Gemstone Aviation

FLIGHT100 will commence on June 10th, 2019 from London Biggin Hill Airport. Completing the route will take 25 days, covering almost 24,000 nautical miles and overflying 25 countries during 29 legs.  

The FLIGHT100 will be completed using a Diamond DA62 supplied by Gemstone Aviation, a seven seat, twin engine aircraft produced by Diamond Aircraft Industries in Austria. Alexander’s DA-62, registration 2-QSSY, is currently in final production at the factory. Based at Biggin Hill near London, it will be delivered by Gemstone Aviation and maintained by DEA Aviation, based at Gamston aerodrome.

The Diamond Aircraft DA62 will be used for the record breaking circumnavigation flight

About The Pilot

Alexander is a 21-year old final-year Masters of Aerospace Engineering student at Bristol University. He was educated at Caterham School in London where also he commanded the Combined Cadet Force in his final year.

He began his initial flight training at age 16 at Biggin Hill and has subsequently completed, amongst other pilot licences, his commercial pilot licence and flight instructors certificate. On weekends and during university holidays he is employed as a private pilot and aerobatic instructor at Gloucester airport.

After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in flight test and evaluation with an aerospace firm in the UK. He has decided to attempt the global solo circumnavigation flight between the end of his degree and his graduation, in order to coincide with Benevolent Fund centennial celebrations.

Raising Money for Charity

The purpose of FLIGHT100 is to raise money for the RAFBF. This fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after its own. It serves current and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children providing a range of support aimed at serving and former RAF personnel and their dependants. This includes welfare breaks, grants to help with financial difficulty and getting about inside and outside the home, specialist advice on benefits and support with care needs, as well as support for young people.

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