Indiana man, son prepare to fly around the world

File image of a single engine airplane
File image of a single engine airplane

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana man and his teenage son are preparing to embark on an ambitious attempt to fly around the world in a single-engine plane.

Babar Suleman and his 17-year-old son, Haris, plan to disembark on June 20, depending on the weather and make a dozen stops in their monthlong around-the-world journey.

If the Plainfield father and son succeed, Haris will become the youngest co-pilot to make an around-the-world trip.

“I am really looking forward to getting going. I only just got my license but I can’t imagine a better way to spend my summer,” the junior at Plainfield High School said in a news release.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1rRrbxk ) that they’re making the journey to raise awareness and money for The Citizen’s Foundation, a nonprofit that helps build schools in rural Pakistan.

During their trek, the Sulemans will make stops in Canada, Iceland, England, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, Australia, Fiji, American Samoa, Hawaii and California.

The Sulemans will be toasted during an International Festival on Saturday at the Greenwood Municipal Airport.

Babar Suleman is an engineer and consultant who helps manage nuclear power plants. He’s been flying private planes for years.

Haris, who was only eight when he started flying with his father, is the trip’s captain.

“He will be the pilot in command. I will only take over the controls in an emergency situation,” Babar Suleman said.

“If all goes well, my son will be going back to school for his senior year with some tall tales to tell.”

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The Sulemans: http://flyaroundtheworldin30days.com

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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