Chandigarh

Rotarian Ravi Bansal flies solo for Rotary Cancer Hospital of Ambala

July 25, 2017 10:26 AM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
CHANDIGARH : A retired entrepreneur and a Rotarian from Buffalo, New York, USA, has undertaken a solo round-the-world flight in his Cessna400 aircraft, to raise fund for a Rotary Ambala Cancer and General Hospital.
Ravi Bansal, PhD a retired entrepreneur with a passion for flying and a wannabe drummer is the pilot/owner of this Cessna 400, who undertook this solo flight to bring awareness for cancer and raise $750,000 to buy an urgently needed MRI machine for Rotary Cancer and General Hospital in Ambala Cantt., Out of the $750,000 already 115 people from across the globe have contributed $80,898, he said.
This mission for me is very personal as it not only is an adventure that I have been dreaming about for a while, but will also help bring awareness about cancer in the rural community around Ambala and get the hospital a needed MRI machine now, says Ravi.
Ravi belongs to Ambala and migrated to USA in 1970 and maintains close ties with his brother here.
After landing at Air Force Base in Ambala Cantonment, Ravi said "In an incredible act of grace and generosity towards me, Rotarians and Citizens of Ambala Cantt, Air Officer Commanding L .K. Chawla granted me the very rare, if ever granted, permission to land and park my plane at the Air Force Base. Not only did he grant me the permission, he also along with his staff, Chief Administrative Officer N. K. Singh and Chief Operating Officer A. Srivastava, greeted me to the base. I thank them all and Wing Commander Rahul Monga from the bottom of my heart for helping my dream come true."
After the reception at the base, he was driven with police escort to his home. Then later, he was invited by the Rotarians in Ambala as Guest of Honour to their installation meeting. The next morning Ravi was invited as Chief Guest to the Annual prize distribution function at the Taneja Public School. "I am extremely humbled by the reception accorded to me their native son, by Ambala Rotarians and Citizens. I am simply overwhelmed.
Mission continues, next stop Kolkata!
Ravi took off from Buffalo in New York, USA on July 4, 2017 and has flown 9257 nautical miles (17,144 kilometres) in 55 hours of flying time, stopping over at Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, England, France, Italy, Greece, Jordan, UAE, Oman, and touched down at Ahmedabad on July 18 and touched down at Ambala Cantt Air Force station on July 21.
Once he completes round-the-world trip, he will be the first Indian to have flown solo around the world.

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