A Great story of two pilots yesterday that broke a world record after landing their small planes in Malta from London in just under 13 hours.
While any pilot would have reason to celebrate, for Douglas Cairns, 53, and Karl Beetson, 27, this feat of endurance is of greater significance as both have type one diabetes. The condition often limits pilots’ opportunities to fly as few countries allow them to operate aircraft, fearing impaired judgement caused by fluctuating sugar levels.
They planned the route extensively, taking into consideration alternatives in cases of unplanned scenarios such as abrupt weather changes.
“In fact, we were worried the strong winds that hit Malta in the past couple of days could cause some delays but the wind direction actually worked in our favour,” Mr Cairns said.
While proud of their achievement, the pair said they were mainly interested in getting their positive messages to as many people as possible rather than celebrating their feat.
“Not everyone wants to be a pilot like I did, but if something who has diabetes sees that you can achieve something like this, they could start believing that they could be anything they wanted to be,” Mr Beetson said.
Source: Times of Malta