On a journey to set a new Guinness world record, pilot Dan Moore from East Tennessee plans to visit over 100 airports from his fixed-wing aircraft during a 24-hour period.
The current record of airport stops by a pilot in 24 hours is 87 airports held by two pilots in the United Kingdom.
Moore, based in Elizabethton, said the majority of his 110 carefully planned stops will be within Tennessee and Winchester Municipal Airport is included on his list of stopovers.
Winchester airport manager Zachary Colescott said, “We’ll look forward to seeing and supporting him during his brief stop.”
Moore explained, “My route starts in East Tennessee, goes into Kentucky, Illinois, back into Western Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and then back home to East Tennessee.”
Moore will leave on Sept. 11 on his endeavor. He estimates it should take about 14 hours of flying to accomplish the feat with a full stop landing to be made at each airport. He speculates he will need to fuel up three or four times during the 24 hours.
“I chose Sept. 11 as the date of my world record attempt in order to honor and remember those who lost their lives in the tragic attack on Sept. 11, 2001. My goal of 110 airports is to pay tribute to the 110 floors of the World Trade Center.”
At each stop Moore will ensure the airplane comes to a complete stop, then he will take a photo of the airplane with a recognizable feature of the airport.
“I will not need to get out of the airplane, so to save time, I will take the photos from inside the plane,” he said.
Moore says he plans to “eat on the fly,” pun intended.
To document the world record attempt, Moore will need 12 to 15 people to act as witnesses with each one asked to sign up for a time slot to monitor a website to see how his progress is going.
It will take about 12 weeks after Moore’s attempt for the world record to be official after all the evidence has been reviewed.
Anyone who would like to be a witness or learn more about how to sponsor the flight may contact Moore at Dmoo@flighttrainonline.com.
More about Moore
Moore started flying in 1988 at the age of 15.
“As a Civil Air Patrol cadet I was chosen to attend a solo school and flew my first solo flight at the age of 16,” Moore said.
In 1994, after 18 months in flight school, Moore earned his airframe and power plant certificates.
In the next couple of years he also obtained an instrument rating, a commercial pilot certificate and a permit to be a flight instructor with instrument privileges.
Moore graduated in 1997 from Moody Aviation with a bachelor’s degree in missionary aviation technology.
After graduation, he began flying professionally and flight instructing. He currently trains corporate pilots through a training company, Watauga Flight Service, and is also an aircraft appraiser, aircraft broker, and an FAA designated examiner.
After his attempt, Moore plans to take a couple of days off then get right back to the skies, where he feels just as at home as on land.
Asked what inspired him to set his aim at a world record, Moore said, “I’ve just always wanted to do something no one else has done.”
Moore includes a favorite quote on his website by Robert Goddard who said, “It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow.”