Fakhr-e-Alam aims to break world record

Published: October 29, 2015
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TV host aims to fly around the globe with the least amount of flying experience. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

TV host aims to fly around the globe with the least amount of flying experience. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

KARACHI: They say dreams are made during childhood, and it looks like Fakhr-e-Alam is all set to fulfil his childhood dreams. Stepping into new territory, Fakhr is ready to take the yoke and fly high. Speaking exclusively with The Express Tribune, the Pakistani actor divulges into his love for aircraft and his latest venture to journey across the globe.

It all started at a young age when Fakhr-e-Alam would accompany his father to the 23rd March Parades held at the Rawalpindi Race Course grounds. It was these annual trips where his love for fighter jets culminated into a lifelong affair with aircraft.

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While Fakhr had made a conscious decision to pursue a career in aviation, fate had something else in store for him and he ended up becoming Pakistan’s most sought after media personnel. Despite flourishing in his line of work, his passion for flying never died.

It resurfaced a few years later when he was helping the armed forces in their relief efforts for the 2005 earthquake victims. Fast forward to present day, and the actor aims to circumnavigate the globe in a small turbo prop airplane with the least amount of flight experience.

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Titled Mission Parwaaz, the television host spoke of his motivation behind the journey: “Unlike other countries, Pakistan does not have its name in the general aviation history,” a fact Fakhr soon hopes to rectify. “This is my tribute to the brave soldiers and the resilient nation of Pakistan.”

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Expected to begin on February 25, Fakhr’s journey across the globe will see him set a world record as he hopes to become the first individual to travel around the world with less than 100 hours of flying experience to his name.

“I would be the first person to achieve this feat as previously, pilots have attempted such a record with at least 250 hours of flying time; a fact which has been confirmed by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) in Switzerland,” he said.

Fakhr’s journey, which is slated to start from Orlando, Florida in the US, will span across 14 countries, and 23 cities; including Iceland, Greenland, China, Singapore, Pakistan, Australia, and Canada to name a few. The journey will see the actor clock close to 30,000 nautical miles with flying time slated to be between 300 to 400 hours depending on the flying conditions.

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“Should the flying conditions be ideal, the plane would travel at around 140 knots but turbulent weather and air space availability may force me to bring the speed down to 100 knots,” he explained.

With a little over four months till Fakhr sets off on this ambitious journey, he has already started preparations for the solo flight — one of which is the requirement to lose weight. “I have to lose around 45 pounds (20.4 kg) in order to accommodate more fuel in the auxiliary tanks,” he added.

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A control tower will be set up in Florida with Fakhr expected to be in communication with them throughout the entirety of his trip. Representatives of the World Air Sports Federation (FAI) are also going to check and verify that he is travelling alone at multiple pit stops throughout his journey.

The nature of the journey and Fakhr’s lack of experience have caused the cost of the journey to skyrocket to approximately $1.4 million. While it is a sizeable amount, he has already managed to compensate for these expenses by selling sponsorship rights ($900,000) and sponsors ($500,000) to multiple corporations.

Prior to Fakhr, almost 200 people have attempted similar flights around the globe.

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  • Karachi Mullah
    Oct 29, 2015 - 5:29PM

    Fakhr just break the Records down. And keep the morals High. Wish you a good trip.Recommend

  • ovais
    Oct 29, 2015 - 6:00PM

    Funded by PPP ??Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 29, 2015 - 6:40PM

    @ovais:

    Or could be ISPR. He is after all the grandson of General Rani.Recommend

  • Anti_Fakhr
    Oct 29, 2015 - 7:09PM

    Wondering how these people makes us fool by covering up their own desires/wishes in the name of ‘paying tribute to soldier’.

    How flying/roaming around the world will benefit to those soldiers?, would have been much better if he spend this amount to solider’s families.Recommend

  • bash gul
    Oct 29, 2015 - 7:29PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Infamous people create famous people. Willy Brandt, former Chancellor of Germany admitted he did not know who his father was.Recommend

  • Ansari
    Oct 29, 2015 - 7:57PM

    Agree with Anti_Fakhr
    Breaking world records doesn’t matter anywhere especially during earthquake circumstances. He should donate that money.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 29, 2015 - 8:01PM

    @bash gul:

    Dear Sir, Fakhr-e-Alam ain’t no Willie Brandt nor is he famous. A couple of highly abnoxious bhangra cum rap duets from the 90s does not make Alam a chart topper.Recommend

  • Aviator
    Oct 29, 2015 - 8:15PM

    Awesome!Recommend

  • salman
    Oct 29, 2015 - 9:34PM

    All the best Fakhr and let the jealous people feel the frustration more like the few comment posters hereRecommend

  • Ranjha
    Oct 30, 2015 - 4:08AM

    @bash gul:

    Neither does @Naan Siddiqi for that matter! But alas, he ended up being a darbari, not exactly famous!Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Oct 30, 2015 - 6:16AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi: I am still jiving to his beat, what’s your problem, bub ?Recommend

  • Asghar Shah
    Oct 30, 2015 - 7:15AM

    As a flying enthusiast first of all their are no more records to break as thing is being done routinely I live 2 miles away from Tracy airport (spend most of my free time free there) Skyview aviation tanks planes on a daily bases to fly to Australia and other places.
    This Fakhr e Alam is playing a very dangerous game if he is flying round the world alone with a 100 hours or less of flying and risking his life ! their is a lesson to be learn t here from the last years tragic flight of a Pakistani/American Father and son , although the father was a skilled pilot but the son was new (as usual trying to break a record “Pakistani Style “)died at Pago Pago on an overloaded plane at night !Recommend

  • Arif
    Oct 30, 2015 - 7:38AM

    @Rollin & Trollin:
    Really? Man your taste for music is peathatic!Recommend

  • Oct 30, 2015 - 8:35AM

    Good trip and

    good luckRecommend

  • Rumormonger
    Oct 30, 2015 - 10:10AM

    Fakhar did so much to motivate people and actually do a lot for the 2005 earthquake survivors. But a few years at Bilawal house and PPP membership, he has transformed intoa parasite.Recommend

  • Stranger
    Oct 30, 2015 - 4:13PM

    So he has a dream, and sponsors will pay the cost for achieving it! seems good way of making success & money!!Recommend

  • Misbah
    Oct 30, 2015 - 6:25PM

    We are always ready for pulling legs. I dont think its important to know, who Fakr e Alam is, but I must say that his songs were sung by all in 90s. Music Channel Chart was the most famous TV show people used to watch at that time.

    Now as far as his ambition is concern, no matter whose son he is and what he has done in his past, we all must encourage him for doing anything which eventually make us proud or at least rest of the world may realize that we are doing something else as well with all corruptions, terrorism and all.

    Best of Luck Fakhr e Alam for your all future endeavors.Recommend

  • Mrs HighBall
    Oct 30, 2015 - 9:48PM

    @Arif: Maybe s/he has questionable taste in music, but you better learn to spell first !
    Pathetic !Recommend

  • David
    Oct 31, 2015 - 8:34AM

    To fly the world in a Cessna 172 is pushing the edges of the envelope. He will have need for an instrument rating to fly in some areas. Will he have that with 100 hours?
    The C172 with 120% of normal gross take off weight will be more than a handful to fly. Will it have the range and speed?
    I thought that the FAA was banning record attempts by low time pilots? I think that the flight would be a task even for an experienced ferry pilot. Recommend

  • Annie
    Nov 4, 2015 - 11:28PM

    Well Fakhr e Alam is a proud son of our country.People do have reservations as jealousy is a part of our nature. Also people having no character are pointing out at others..Best of Luck Fakhar….We are proud of youRecommend

  • Abid
    Jan 27, 2016 - 5:14AM

    Yeah. he took the rental cesna for 1 year at tax payers amount in the name of sindh festival. Hopefully this time he will pay from his own pocket.Recommend

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