Freedom Flight: Iranians on high flying mission to break the world record
This June, Farhad Rostampour, a US based pilot and his
UK based co-pilot, Arshid Moti-Ghavanin, went on a record-breaking around the world
flight with a single engine F33TC Bonanza. They will be the first Iranians to
ever attempt to circle the globe with their aircraft.
Moti-Ghavanin (left) and Farhad
Farhad Rostampour was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to
the United State nearly 29 years ago. He is the CEO of an environmental
corporation. Arshid Moti-Ghavanin was Born in Shiraz, Iran, and moved to
the United Kingdom nearly 8 years ago. He is a freelance net marketing
This flight will make them the first Iranian-American and the
first Iranian-British to take this challenging flight, but for Farhad and
Arshid, sharing the freedom of the flight with young Iranians and many other
Iranian pilots with a passion to fly, will be the greatest accomplishment. They
will be landing in 32 countries and 47 airports. They are making the global
connection of peace, freedom, hope and achievement through aviation.
Farhad and Arshid’s passion for flying goes back to their
early childhood. They know that they will be tested for their strength and
weaknesses through this flight, but they want to help young Iranians recognize
that they too have alternatives and hope for a better future.
can be a part of this global adventure, by coming to any of the
airports(Please visit Flight Route) at the time of their arrival or departure. You
will mark your name on the honorary list of the Freedom Flight members, attached
to the book of "Epic of Kings" (SHAHNAMEH FERDOWSI) that will be placed in
the cockpit of the aircraft and will travel with Farhad and Arshid for the rest
of the journey.
Pilot - Farhad Rostampour
I am a 48 year old Iranian-American, and I will be the PIC for
our flight around the globe. I was born in Tehran, Iran, and as a child growing
up in the inner-city, I always had dreams of flying freely above the clouds. At
the age of 41 I had my first hands-on experience in piloting a Diamond aircraft
(DA20). I received my Private Pilot License at the age of 43, followed by
getting my high performance and complex rating. I am instrument rated with over
400 hours in F33 Bonanza. I have flown a Diamond (DA20), a Diamond Star (DA40),
a Cessna (CE172) and of course my favorite Bonanza (F33). Two years ago, I
purchased N266DC, a F33 Bonanza, and just recently equipped her with Tornado
Ally Turbo-Normalized system. I am looking forward to the challenge of flying
N266DC over the North Atlantic through Europe and Asia and over North Pacific.
For this challenging adventure I could not ask for a better pilot to fly with
than my good friend
CoPilot - Arshid Moti-Ghavanin
I am a 36 year old Iranian-British, and I was born in Shiraz,
Iran, which is known as the city of Poem and Wine.
I set my goal to pursue a
career as a pilot at the age of 14. After facing many stumbling blocks in
Iran that prevented me from pursuing my dream of flying, I recognized the
impossibility of becoming a pilot as long as I lived in Iran. Regardless of my
disappointments, I continued my dream of flying. I also had an interest in
the film industry and after playing a few roles in movies, I received the best
actor award in 1985.
After I immigrated
to The United Kingdom in 1999, I had two career options, Media-Multimedia and of
course Aviation. I studied Multimedia and graduated a few years later. Then my
dream of aviation came true. On Thursday, September 4th, 2003, at 10 minutes
past 10 AM was my first flight in a Cessna 150 in GTCR with Fly-Team Aviation
School (Thanks to Amir Alam). Later on Nov 10th, 2004, at 1405 I passed my
Private Pilot License’s test in marginal VFR weather conditions. I was about to
continue my ATPL studies when I met Farhad at a conference in London and we
talked about flying. We discussed flying across the Atlantic at that time.
Later on he called me from the US with the idea of flying around the globe.
Without any hesitation I accepted the offer. There will be no better honor than
to fly shoulder to shoulder with Farhad in a trip around our green globe with a
message of unity, peace and freedom for human beings, regardless of all barriers
and dividing lines that some people draw for their own purposes and use in
different names. Our message is love and happiness for everyone. That is why we
call our endeavor FREEDOM FLIGHT, similar to the flight of the
Around the world with a message of
Dubai: Two Iranian
pilots touched down in Dubai for a few days last week as part of a Flight for
Freedom mission the pair embarked on to spread a message of strength and
support to Iranian people.
over Iran but did not land there. "I did that flight alone because Arshid was
a bit worried. We weren't allowed to land," he said.
"When I flew over Shiraz I asked permission
to fly over Persepolis but was declined, but as I was moving away I thanked
the air traffic controller in Farsi. He reacted quite differently and was very
interested in what we were doing. Other pilots then picked up the conversation
on the air waves and were so interested. It was very good to be bonding and
chatting for about 30 minutes," said Rostampour.
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