Round the World Charity Solo Flight

by Ravi Bansal

Benefitting the Rotary Ambala Cancer and General Hospital, Ambala Cantt., India

Rotary Ambala Cancer and General Hospital in Ambala Cantt., India

The mission of this round the world flight is to bring awareness for cancer and raise $750,000 to buy an urgently needed MRI machine for 'Rotary Ambala Cancer and General Hospital' in Ambala Cantt., India.

Founded in 2005, with the goal of bringing free healthcare to a very poor and under served community, the Rotary Ambala Cancer and General Hospital had a very humble beginning with a nurse, its only employee, going from home to home bringing awareness of cancer to the poor. Since then with the help and incredible generosity of the Rotarians and citizens of Ambala the hospital has grown into a 100 bed hospital.

Much has been accomplished but a lot more needs to be done!

One major diagnostic piece of equipment the hospital does not have and needs urgently is a MRI Machine (the very basic tool needed for diagnosing cancer). The equipment costs $750,000, way beyond hospitals ability to buy it.
Please support me in this endeavor to raise $750,000 for the hospital to buy a MRI machine.


For more information about the hospital, see their website below:
Rotary Ambala Cancer and General Hospital

The Rotary Ambala Cancer and General Hospital runs a Sneh-Sparsh (Touch of Love) program to raise awareness for early self-detection, treatment, and after-care regarding cancer in the local community. Visit the link below for more information on breast cancer self-detection:
Early Detection & Prevention of Cancer

The Pilot

Ravi Bansal, PhD a retired entrepreneur with a passion for flying and a wannabe Drummer is the pilot/owner of this Cessna 400.

This mission for me is very personal as it not only is an adventure that I have been dreaming about for a while, but will also help bring awareness about cancer in the rural community around Ambala and get the hospital a needed MRI machine now. Above all, it will generate publicity for the hospital that will hopefully continue to bring donations/support from the local and international community and Rotarians to keep the hospital operating and growing in future!

The Plane

The Cessna 400 is the fastest FAA-certified fixed-gear, single-engined piston aircraft in production today, reaching a speed of 235 knots (435 km/h) true air speed at 25,000 feet (7,600 m).

General characteristics:

  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • Capacity: 3 passengers
  • Length: 25 ft 2 in (7.67 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 1 in (11.0 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)
  • Wing area: 141 ft² (13.1 m²)
  • Empty weight: 2,500 lb (1,134 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 3,600 lb (1,633 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Teledyne Continental TSIO-550-C flat-6 engine, 310 hp (230 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 235 knots (270 mph, 435 km/h) calibrated airspeed
  • Cruise speed: 235 knots (270 mph, 435 km/h) true airspeed at 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
  • Range: 1,107 nm (1,274 mi, 2,038 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s) or greater, below 16,000 ft (4,875 m)
  • Wing loading: 25.5 lb/ft² (125 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 0.091 hp/lb (150 W/kg)


CountryCityOriginDestinationDistance (NM)Flying TimeCum. TimeDate
CanadaSt. CatherinsCYSNCYRC5153.23.44-Jul
GreeceIraklion (Crete)LGIROJAM7754.838.716-Jul
MalaysiaKuala LumpurWMSAWMSA4502.875.13-Aug
 Kuala LumpurWMSAWBGG6504.179.26-Aug
 Kuching WBGGWBKK4552.882.010-Aug
 Kota KinabaluWBKKRPVP3252.084.110-Aug
 Subic BayRPLBROAH8355.291.311-Aug
Alaska (USA)AdakPADKPACD5353.3114.818-Aug
 Cold BayPACDPANC5603.5118.318-Aug
 Ft. McMurrayCYMMCYXL8755.5131.320-Aug
USASioux LookoutCYXLKBUF7254.5135.820-Aug
TOTAL   21738135.9 

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