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NEXUS to manage flight operations for the WE! Expedition team

Posted 8 August 2018 · Add Comment

NEXUS India will partner and sponsor the WE! Expedition team. This around-the-world aviation expedition is led by two female pilots from India, and will attempt to cover more than 40,000 kilometers in 100 days, touching down on three continents.

NEXUS will be handling the international trip support and flight operations for the 21-country journey, from the state- of-the-art NEXUS control room in Mumbai, India.

NEXUS India CEO said, “Once completed, this attempt will set a world-record while breaking countless barriers for female pilots worldwide.” This is the first circumnavigation attempt by an all-woman, non- commercial, civilian team. And, the first motorglider circumnavigation by Indian pilots, man or woman.

A circumnavigation of the Earth in a motorglider is a feat so difficult that it has only ever been accomplished five times before, and never by a woman, according to the We Expedition website. “This is going to be a major accomplishment and we wish the team a great success,” said NEXUS Founder and Chairman Abdullah Al-Sayed.

The WE! motorglider named ‘Mahi’ is a Sinus 912, a pre-molded, composite built, single engine, two-seat Light Aircraft with a high wing, tricycle design. Powered by an 80hp Rotax 912 4-stroke engine, this plane only consumes about 10 liters of fuel per hour at a high cruise-speed of 200 kmph (110 kts). Mahi has a 15- meter wingspan, and a 1:28 glide ratio, with feathered propellers, allowing the aircraft to stay airborne for up to 1200 km. The plane needs approximately 100 meters of a runway for takeoff, and is equipped with air brakes, allowing the crew to utilise the smallest, and most remote airfields.

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