Denglers take off on journey around the world
Canada Day got off to epic start in Vaughan, Ont. as some 100 people gathered at the National Helicopters heliport to send off Bob and Steven Dengler on their upcoming trip around the world.
The father-son team set off for their first stop in Ottawa later that day along with Dugal Macduff, Southlake CEO and former Astronaut Dave Williams and Bronwyn Evans from True Patriot Love.
King resident Steven Dengler told the assembled crowd that the journey was years in the making. “You don’t get up one day and fly a helicopter around the world,” he said.
Ottawa is the first stop on a journey that will see the Denglers travel more than 39,000 kilometres in 37 days, through 14 countries and 100 airports in their journey around the world.
Along the way, they will be joined by notable Canadian like Williams and hockey legend Guy Lafleur.
C150GO is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization supporting both the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation and True Patriot Love Foundation.
“For this journey to make a real impact on the lives of Canadians, we want to give back by raising funds for Southlake and True Patriot Love. We are humbled by the work of these charities and are proud to have them as partners,” Bob, an Aurora resident, said.
When Bob decided to get into piloting helicopters a few years back, he said he wanted to fly around the world. Dan Munro from National Helicopters said he didn’t know if he was being serious. But Bob dared to dream. It’s that dream that inspired Williams. It reminded him of dreaming about flying to outerspace way back in the 60s.
The C150 Global Odyssey starts in Canada and moves east before navigating the open ocean, foraying into Europe and Russia, and then returning to Canadian soil. Along the way, C150 Global Odyseey will stop at several Canadian military bases while also visiting several national and international Canadian landmarks, including: Confederation Bridge (Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island), Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (Baddeck, Nova Scotia), Signal Hill National Historic Site (St. John’s, Newfoundland), Canadian National Vimy Memorial (Vimy, France)
Founder of Dynatec Mining in 1980, Bob Dengler is a recognized pioneer of modern Canadian mining, growing the company over 25 years into an industry leader employing over 1,500 people. Bob has a true adventurous spirit; in 2014 he summited Kilimanjaro and in 2015, flew his Bell 429 from Toronto to the top of Baffin Island, a 4,400-nautical-mile journey.
Steven is a Canadian entrepreneur with more than 20 years of leadership in the tech space. In 1993 he co-founded XE, the world’s trusted currency authority. A renowned financial technology innovator, Canadian investor, and startup mentor, Steven is a proficient pilot of both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.
A retired test pilot for the Bell 429 Global Ranger, Rob ‘Dugal’ MacDuff is a distinguished helicopter professional with over 12,000 hours of flight experience.
To keep tabs on the journey visit c150go.ca