A dashing 22-year-old Swiss pilot passed through Karachi on his way to making a world record for being the youngest pilot to fly round the globe in 80 days.
Carlo Schmid flew in to Karachi from Muscat on way to Ahmedabad and Nagpur. He has undertaken the Round the World 2012 challenge to pay tribute to his mother, Carla Schmid, who died of cancer in August 2010.
He founded a private limited company, to collect donations for a young adult run project under UNICEF. He quit banking in 2011 to concentrate on RTW 2012 and on July 11, 2012 took off from Switzerland in his Cessna 210 turbine single-engine plane to fly around the world, covering 40,000 kilometers, crossing 24 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America.
He says since 1929 when the first pilot flew round the world, only 87 pilots have managed to successfully do so.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2012.