The Amelia Project
Signature Flight Support and Dallas Airmotive, BBA Aviation companies, have announced their participation as sponsors of The Amelia Project: Amelia Rose Earhart’s upcoming around-the-world flight first attempted by her namesake, Amelia Mary Earhart, in 1937. In addition, Satcom1 and Inmarsat will provide global communication capabilities for the Project.

The world-class Signature Flight Support facility at Centennial Airport (KAPA) in Denver, Colorado has become the “Official Home of The Amelia Project” where Earhart will stage media and flight demonstration events.

“We are proud to sponsor Amelia and to have her project and foundation based at Signature Flight Support APA. Given Signature’s global network of 118 FBO facilities, partnering with her on The Amelia Project is a natural fit,” commented Maria Sastre, President and Chief Operating Officer of Signature Flight Support “Amelia is a tremendous role model for women everywhere, and especially young women with an interest in aviation.”

Doug Meador, President of Dallas Airmotive, explained some of the factors that motivated his company to get involved. “The original historic flight took place around the same time our company began. We have been in business for over 80 years and during that time we have been, and remain, committed to the aviation industry and dedicated in our support of our customers,” he said. “Amelia reflects these characteristics through her passion for aviation, her commitment to this flight, and her dedication to the future of the industry through her Fly with Amelia Foundation. We are excited to be a sponsor of this project to support Amelia and our sister company Signature Flight Support.”

“Working with Dallas Airmotive and Signature Flight Support on The Amelia Project has been a truly inspirational partnership. These two companies have shown me personally, how to work as a team to successfully plan and execute a safe and efficient flight around the world, how to inspire through connected leadership, and how to lead by example, by pushing limits and always improving. BBA Aviation understands the importance of inspiring the pilots of tomorrow through the leaders of today, which is why Dallas Airmotive and Signature Flight Support are fueling this flight around the globe, both literally and figuratively. I am proud to represent these companies at every level, from those executing daily tasks, to the outstanding leadership, and beyond. The Amelia Project would not be possible without this support. The best part is, they have been there right from the start, and I know, they will be there when I need them,” said Amelia Earhart.
Amelia Rose Earhart

In just over a month, Earhart will begin her flight around the world that will recreate the historic, but ill-fated journey of Amelia Mary Earhart in 1937. Unlike her predecessor’s twin-engined Lockheed Electra, Earhart will fly a single-engine Pilatus PC-12NG turbine-powered aircraft. The flight plan incorporates seventeen stops paralleling as closely as practicable the original route. Once complete, Earhart will be the youngest woman to have flown around the world in a single-engine aircraft.

Friends and followers will be able to communicate with Amelia as she circumnavigates the globe

Travelling some 28,000 miles and stopping in 14 countries, Amelia Rose will remain fully connected to the outside world throughout the journey thanks to Satcom1 and Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of satellite communication services to the aviation industry.

Amelia Rose's Pilatus PC12-NG, single engine aircraft, will be equipped with the latest avionics technology from Honeywell Aerospace, including satellite communications, as she recreates the infamous 1937 journey by Amelia Earhart that ended in her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean.

Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity service, provided in partnership with Satcom1 for airtime, airborne network design and consultancy services, will allow data to be streamed live along the entire route, enabling Amelia Rose to stay in touch with her team and supporters on the ground.

Amelia Rose will be able to stream live video during the flight via optimised video transmission technology. Social media will also play a major role in helping Amelia Rose’s supporters follow her progress, and interact with her during the flight. Throughout the journey, they will be able to ask questions and engage with Amelia Rose via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #flywithamelia. Inmarsat’s global satellite coverage will enable Amelia to use social media all over the world, during every stage of her flight.

The Fly With Amelia Foundation was started by Amelia in 2013. The non-profit organization provides flight training scholarships for young women, builds STEM1 based educational curriculum and engages people of all ages and backgrounds in the thrill of discovering their own adventures. The Fly With Amelia Foundation works in partnership with Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum to connect the community with the general aviation world.

“My ambition is to have this wonderful gift produce practical results for the future of commercial flying and for the women who may want to fly tomorrow's planes,” said Amelia of her trip. “When the flight is complete, I will be the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single engine aircraft, honoring Amelia's tenacity and love for aviation along the way.”

Amelia Rose's Pilatus PC12-NG

“We admire so much Amelia’s decision to recreate her famous namesake’s planned trip around the globe,” said Miranda Mills, President, Inmarsat Aviation. “Both the stature of the feat and the larger purpose for which it is taking place embody the adventurous spirit of the famous aviatrix. We are delighted to supply the satellite connectivity which will allow Amelia to share every aspect of her experience in flight.”

“Satcom1 believe this journey will bring new connectivity requests from younger pilots and private operators, who will realise how simple it is today to work on-board, operate the aircraft or just have fun via satcom connection. We know that the Fly With Amelia Foundation supports young ambitious kids and they are the future users of these technologies and will be using more apps and more data content than ever before. It is an exciting era within communication and Satcom1 wish Amelia and all the kids who she inspires to follow this wonderful journey online,” said Karina Larsen, Co-founder of Satcom1.

Starting in California, Amelia’s equatorial route will take her across the US before heading south into the Caribbean. She then heads to the North East of Brazil, from where she will set off across the South Atlantic Ocean, before she flies through the heart of the African continent. Her route will then cover the expanse of the Indian Ocean as she heads to South-East Asia. Finally, Amelia’s route will include a series of stages in the Pacific Islands, before she makes her way across the Pacific back to California.

The SATCOM system consists of Honeywell Aspire 200 Data Unit with an Intermediate Gain Antenna, which means the system will be capable of one channel of SwiftBroadband voice/multiple simultaneous Streaming Data services of up to 128 kbps/up to 332 kbps Background Data. Additionally supported by EMTEQ’s eConnectTM router, and Satcom1 AvioIP software suite as a stand-alone solution – this setup will enable Amelia to live-stream the flight by an optimized video transmission technology which is also a part of Satcom1’s coming upgrade of AvioIP.

1 STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 23rd May 2014 | Issue #273
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