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World Record Attempt to Culminate at Cannes Airshow in June

Cannes, March 21st, 2011 - To mark their arrival at the 2011 Cannes Air Show exhibition, Jacques Callies and Gilles Khaïat will attempt to set a new record: New York to Cannes in under 24 hours, in a Mooney Ovation2 GX -- without supplemental fuel equipment.

Departure is scheduled from Bridgeport New York, on Wednesday, June 8th at 05:00 am, with (considering the least favorable scenario) a stop in Greenland, for an arrival prior to the Cannes Air Show’s opening at 10:00 am on Thursday June 9th.

The Mooney Ovation 2 GX is a modern and powerful (280 HP) single engine aircraft equipped with de-icing and oxygen, two essential items for flights over Greenland and in case of icing conditions. If favorable winds help the aviators, two stops will be sufficient: at Goose Bay and Reykjavik. The crossing would then be possible in less than 24 hours: a truly memorable performance!

Jacques Callies, pilot, editor of Aviation & Pilote Magazine and Gilles Khaïat, attorney at law in Paris, already set a world record: last year, after the Cannes Air Show exhibition, they departed Cannes and flew to Tel Aviv non-stop in 9 hours and 58 minutes, in a Mooney M20J.
This 5th edition of Cannes AirShow will take place at the airport of Cannes LFMD, over three days from June 9 to 11.
About the Cannes AirShow
The only General Aviation Exhibition in France, the Cannes AirShow brings together the leading protagonists in general and business aviation to allow a demanding clientèle discovery the latest developments and industry innovations in a geographically logical and appealing setting.

This professional exhibition is designed for owners and pilots, whether passionate fans or professionals, in general and business aviation throughout Europe, Africa and Russia, offering visitors a large and representative palette of the aeronautics industry.

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The Cannes AirShow is southern Europe’s leading exhibition in general and business aviation.