Record Setting (?) Charity Flight For Pediatric Neurosurgery
The endurance and fortitude of two Wisconsin pilots (not to mention the wearability of certain parts of their anatomy) was put to the test last week as they raised money for sick children and (possibly) set an aviation record. Matt McDaniel and Dr. Bruce Kaufmann took a total of 17 hours to land at all 102 public-use, paved airports in the state, as well as a private field and a military base. But the real mission was to raise $10,000 for the pediatric neurosurgery unit at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (click "more" for details). Kaufmann runs the neurosurgery unit and owns the Cirrus SR-22 used in the effort. McDaniel (who has held the Master CFI designation) is a Boeing 717 pilot for Midwest Airlines and owns Progressive Aviation Services, which specializes in Cirrus. The duo got an early start on their flight. McDaniel and Kaufmann were wheels up from Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport in Milwaukee at 4:15 a.m. June 20 and three fuel stops later, were back on the ground at their departure point at 9:15 p.m. Stats for the flight are still being verified, but the numbers gathered by the pilots indicate they covered a lot of ground. McDaniel said they flew a total of 2,119 nm at an average ground speed of 156 knots. The pilots donated all expenses associated with the flight and are accepting donations for the hospital.