In November Douglas flew from Omaha, Nebraska
to San Diego, California via Denver and Leadville, Colorado (the
USA's highest airport at 9927 feet above sea level), the Grand
Canyon and Sedoma in Arizona. This stunning 1200-mile journey
was made to give a talk to the Taking
Control of Your Diabetes 10th Anniversary Conference on Saturday
20th November. On 18th November an interview on Diabetes World
Flight and was given to Channel
10 Television San Diego
In July Douglas set a US Transcontinental Speed
Record from Montgomery Airfield, San Diego to Kittyhawk, North
Carolina. Total time was 12 hours, 9 minutes and 3 seonds over
2051 nautical miles, resulting in an average speed of 168.4 knots.
Two refueling stops were made, one at Tucumcari in New Mexico,
and another at Mayfield, Kentucky. Many thanks to all those who
helped refuel, including Tom and the team at Mayfield. Thanks
also to Barry
and staff at MontgomeryAirfield Air Traffic Control (San Diego),
and at Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center for recording
take off time and the time to cross Kittyhawk Airfield respectively.
The entire route was made in clear weather except for two thunderstorms
near Amarillo, Texas, and another just four
miles from Kittyhawk. The latter storm made the final few minutes
more challenging - at 11 p.m. and in the dark, while passing nearby,
the lighting flashes were temporarily blinding.
Shortly after making the transcontinental record
flight, Douglas flew from South Carolina along the Appalachian
Mountains to New York State and met with Dr. Richard Bernstein,
author of "Diabetes Solution." Dr. Bernstein is an advocate
of a low carbohydrate diet for people with diabetes (details can
be found on
www.diabetes-normalsugars.com), a practice that Douglas has
found helps his own blood sugar control. (So far Douglas' 2004
HbA1cs have ranged between 5.0% and 5.3% - using Lantus with Humalog/Novolog
insulin - without any hypoglycemic events.)
Earlier in the year presentations were given
to Diabetes Associations in the UK and Ireland, and in July Douglas
"cut the ribbon" for the Children With Diabetes "Friends
For Life Annual Conference" opening ceremony in Los Angeles.
In October a short speech was made at the Diabetes UK Scotland
"Hummingbird Ball" in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Fund raising for diabetes research finally reached
$26,000 by the end of June 2004. Thank you to everyone who made
contributions over the last two years. Donations are being made
to Diabetes UK Research Fund, Children With Diabetes Foundation
and ADA Research Foundation.
Overall it's been an extremely fulfilling
two years, carrying out Diabetes World Flight (DWF), raising awareness
of diabetes and raising funds for research. Many thanks to everyone
who has supported DWF. Watch this space for future projects!
To Dream: Flying Solo With Diabetes"