|Amelia Rose Earhart and Patrick Carter stand next to a Pilatus PC-12. The pair will be circumnavigating the world in a PC-12 next summer.(photo by Gary Flick)
By Gary Flick
July 31, 2013 - On Wednesday morning at Phillips 66 Plaza, Amelia Rose Earhart announced that she and copilot Patrick Carter plan to embark on an adventure around the world next June.
The duo will be flying a Pilatus PC-12 NG, and Pilatus, Jeppesen, and Denver's Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum will be supporting the trek.
"With a name like Amelia Earhart you have extremely large shoes to fill," said Pilatus President and CEO Thomas Bosshard. "You can either run from it or thrive on it and Amelia has definitely done the latter."
As a Denver-based news anchor and multimedia journalist, aviation is a passion of Amelia's, not a job. She started The Amelia Project to encourage young women to pursue the dream of flight, and she, as well as everyone involved, aim to spread that word across the world with this flight.
"While my ancestral connection to Amelia is distant," Earhart said, "my personal connection to this incredible woman is rich and deep. Her spirit is in everything I do, from aviation, charity, work ethic, and my values."
These same values seemed present in everyone who spoke at the conference, especially copilot Patrick Carter.
"I've never thought about doing anything else except aviation my whole life," Carter said. "I am so incredibly lucky and honored to fly around the world in a PC-12, my favorite plane, with such a great person in Amelia."
Earhart urged the crowd to join the duo via her website www.FlyWithAmelia.org and all of the popular social media outlets.
The voyage will begin next June from Oakland, the same place the original Amelia Earhart began her trip in 1937. Carter and "A2," as Bosshard referred to Amelia Rose, plan to make 14 stops in 14 days while traveling 24,301 nautical miles during their circumnavigation.
Carter will be available throughout the week at Nflightcam's display at Sporty's, outside Hangar B.