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Off radar': Why an Oakville man is flying solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft

14 Jun 2022

Callum Wallace's 'Flight for Hope' project will support Home Suite Hope

According to InsideHalton

When Callum Wallace isn’t selling real estate, you can usually find him at the airport — or in the wild blue yonder.

Next spring, the Oakville aviator enthusiast will be taking to the skies to raise funds for families facing homelessness with a planned world solo trip.

“Flight for Hope,” a project he initiated, combines his passion for flying with a noble cause — providing a safe place for struggling single-parent families.

Affordable housing is “a big, big issue for everybody,” Wallace said.

He aims to raise $1 million for not-for-profit Home Suite Hope as a seed funding to build its own multi-unit dwelling.

It was in his line of work in real estate that the 27-year-old first learned about what the Oakville-based organization is doing to support low-income, single-parent families across Halton, lifting them from poverty to stability by providing wraparound housing services that include child care and post-secondary education for the parents.

“(It really does) get people back up on their feet and going,” he said.

The fundraiser campaign was kicked off on Sunday (June 25) at the Burlington Executive Airpark Airport, as the starting and finishing points of the three-month round-the-world journey.

He plans to take off on May 23, 2023, in a modified V35B Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft. According to him, only about 140 people — three of whom were Canadians — have flown solo across the globe in a single-engine aircraft.

Wallace, who is on track to log 300 flight hours a year, said he’d be “the fourth Canadian” to accomplish the feat. Despite being red-green colour-blind, he passed the required special medical test and received his private pilot’s licence in 2020.

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