22 March 2022
Two British pilots planning a 7,500nm flight for charity have abandoned plans to include Ukraine and Russia in the 25 country flight.
Aspiring pilot Graham Naismith, 51, from Tunbridge Wells (pictured above), and his instructor Luke Christophides, 36, from Lewes, will set off on 20 April 2022 in their Skyranger Nynja microlight.
The flight, called 35-70 because the route spans 35 degrees latitude in Greece to 70 degrees latitude in Norway, will depart from Kittyhawk Aerodrome in East Sussex.
The war in Ukraine has forced them to rethink their route and they have now decided to avoid Ukraine, Belarus and boycott Russia.
They are raising money for YoungMinds, a UK based suicide prevention charity for young people, but have now, because of the events in eastern Europe, also decided to raise money for the International Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. They are off setting their carbon footprint with Ecologi.