January 11, 2017 @ 6 pm

Polly Vacher

Polly Vacher MBE – Vice Patron

Polly is an aviator specialising in long-distance solo flights, having obtained her private pilot license in Australia in 1994. She was awarded the MBE in 2002 for her services to charity, and has generated over £500,000 for FSDP.

In 2001, as the first stage of her Wings Around the World Challenge in aid of our charity, she made a solo circumnavigation of the world in her single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee Dakota. This is the smallest aircraft flown solo by a woman around the world via Australia.

She continued the challenge in May 2003 with Voyage to the Ice, flying over the North Pole, Antarctica and all seven continents, returning in April 2004. She became the first woman flying solo over the polar regions.

On 21 May 2007 she further continued the challenge by landing in all 221 airfields in the Jeppesen VFR Manual, returning on 31 July having flown 35,000 km in 158 hours, with 96 disabled passengers flown during legs of the flight.   

Polly was appointed as a Vice Patron of FSDP in 2015.

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