52 Countries - 5 Continents
On 18th of August I set off from Belgium, heading west. My route includes the UK, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, USA, Latin America to Colombia, then back north via Alaska, to Russia, Korea, Indonesia, India, the Middle East, Europe and back to Belgium, where I plan to arrive in early December. I will be flying a Shark. It is a high-performance ultralight aircraft manufactured in Europe. It is incredibly fast with cruising speed reaching 300 km/h. The aircraft has been specially prepared for such a long journey.
The Shark UL
Shark Aero is a high-performance two seat tandem ultralight aircraft with retractable gear, a smaller wing, a variable-pitch propeller and first class comfortable cockpit interior.
Shark was designed and constructed as a fast cross-country airplane, built on innovative design and new technologies.
The use of the most advanced technologies of carbon fibre epoxy composite and its uncompromisingly optimised aerodynamics makes the Shark one of the fastest ultralight aircraft proven by a world speed record and rewarded by a number of design awards.
SHARK is powered by a ROTAX 912 ULS 100 hp engine running a WOODCOMP 2-blade adjustable propeller. It combines low operating costs, a long range (1600 km), exceptional speed (optimum cruising speed of 140 knots), a long service life and access to any public airport with keeping operational cost to a minimum.
My Guinness World Record Attempts
With my journey , I am attempting to break the following Guinness World Records:
- Youngest woman to fly solo around the world : The current record-holder, Shaesta Waez, was 30 when she completed in 2017 her “Dreams Soar” around-the-world flight in a single-engine aircraft. If Zara succeeds her circumnavigation, she will not only break the record, but she will also reduce the gender gap by 12 years – as the current youngest male record holder, Travis Ludlow, was 18 when he completed his solo flight in July 2021.
- First woman to circumnavigate the world in a microlight
- First Belgian to circumnavigate the world solo in a single engine aircraft