Diabetic Pilot’s Record Flight Abandoned, Will Try Again


Insulin-dependent pilot Michael Hunter and two other pilots launched from Sun ‘n Fun in a Cirrus SR22 last week in an effort to set a record for the fastest time to land in each of the 48 contiguous states. To beat the record, the team needed to complete the flight in less than five and a half days — but they ran into mechanical problems in Kansas when the alternator acted up, and delays in getting it replaced put them behind schedule. With other commitments looming, they decided to cut short the attempt and return to Florida, to try again another time. Hunter is the first person with diabetes granted FAA approval to fly as an air show performer (he flies a Laser 230) and is believed to be the only insulin-dependent diabetic air show pilot in the world.