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Around the world in 40 Days

by Paul Mayne

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One hundred and three airports. Fourteen countries. Thirty-eight thousand kilometres.

All in the span of just over a month.

Father-and-son-team Bob and Steve Dengler, BA’93, covered that distance this summer in a Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter. The seasoned aviators took off from Ottawa July 1 for what was the first-ever father/son aircraft circumnavigation and the first-ever Canadian helicopter circumnavigation of the globe.

“Basically, it was an idea my father had that, when I got involved, went from being a ‘what if’ to a ‘let’s do it.’ We’ve probably spent more quality time together in the last year, planning the trip, than we did in the previous 10. It’s been an amazing time to reconnect, re-establish the relationship that, because we’ve both been busy, we haven’t had the time to put a lot into,” said Steve.

Throughout the journey, which took the Denglers’ through the Canadian Arctic and remote locations in Greenland, Iceland and Russia, they photographed and live-streamed what they saw, thanks to a helicopter equipped with broadband Internet. They also brought VIP guests on board for different legs of the journey, including hockey legend Guy Lafleur, astronaut Dave Williams and internationally renowned photojournalist Peter Bregg.

This article appeared in the Winter 2018 edition of Alumni Gazette
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