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Around the world: Lockton cos. helps navigate a monumental flight by an aviation legend's namesake.

In 1928, Amelia Mary Earhart flew into the history books as the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Eighty-six years later, aviatrix and philanthropist Amelia Rose Earhart successfully completed an around-the-world flight to retrace her namesake's final route.

On July 11, the 31-year-old pilot landed in Oakland, Calif., to become the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single-engine plane.

The 17-day journey began June 26 from Oakland International Airport, where Earhart, along with her co-pilot Shane Jordan, flew in a Pilatus PC-12 NG single-engine aircraft to circumnavigate the globe. The 24,300-nauticalmile flight included 17 stops. The flight path included Miami, Brazil, Africa, India and Australia before passing over the South Pacific and Howland Island--the site where Amelia Mary Earhart disappeared in 1937.

Pilatus Business Aircraft of Broomfield, Colo., one of two principal sponsors of the planned flight, provided the $4.6-million aircraft.

Lockton Cos. also played a key role in the momentous flight. The privately held insurance broker structured and secured the policy insuring the latter Earhart and her aircraft. Lockton offers aviation insurance and a team of aviation specialists including pilots, maintenance experts and former underwriters. Lockton Inc. is ranked No. 10 in Best's Review's Top Global Insurance Brokers ranking.

The policy, which was provided by New Jersey-based Global Aerospace, combined single-limit property damage coverage along with bodily injury and physical damage on the aircraft, saidTy Carter, an aviation risk management executive with Lockton and an active pilot for more than 20 years. "One of the key things we had to do was find a partner and policy that provided worldwide territory.

Due to the nature of the trip, we needed a policy and flexibility should the aircraft need to deviate for weather or change routing due to world events."

The latter occurred prior to takeoff after a bombing in Kenya in May, Carter noted.

Lockton, he said, was very excited to be part of the legendary journey. "We are passionate about aviation and appreciate Amelia's efforts to raise awareness of the opportunities and experiences it provides. Her tenacity and spirit are truly inspiring," added Carter, who in 2001 was recognized by the Red Cross for his assistance as a pilot after the Sept. 11 attack.

"This is one way for us to give back to the aviation community," he added. "Amelia is bringing a lot of visibility to aviation and, more so, we are all impressed that she has established grants for young women who want to get into aviation." Amelia Rose announced via Twitter the names of 10 flight-training scholarship recipients during her flight over the area where her namesake was believed to be lost. "It's exciting that she took time to put thought into announcing those grants where aviation has crossed paths historically and in the future." Amelia Rose, a former traffic and weather news anchor for an NBC affiliate in Denver where she resides, took her first flying lesson in 2004. In 2012, she recreated her namesake's transcontinental flight from Oakland to Miami to complete her instrument training hours.

In a statement, Amelia Rose said her passion for flight and adventure has driven her to "explore new experiences I never would have imagined possible as a child. Hard work, persistence and great role models have enabled me to fly outside the lines and achieve my dreams."

Earhart is the president of the Fly With Amelia Foundation, which grants flight scholarships to girls ages 16 to 18 and supports the advancement of general aviation opportunities.

In 2013, she was awarded the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award, which is given to an individual who reinforces self-worth and self-confidence in women.

Her namesake was also well-recognized for her numerous achievements. During the 1930s, Amelia Mary was a recipient of the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross, a military decoration awarded to officers or enlisted members of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguish themselves in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight, subsequent to November 11, 1918."

SETTING A RECORD: Amelia Rose Earhart (holding a photo of her namesake) and co-pilot Shane Jordan circumnavigated the globe in 17 days. She is the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single-engine plane.
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Title Annotation:The Last Word
Author:Chordas, Lori
Publication:Best's Review
Date:Sep 1, 2014
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