June 20, 2014
Yes, that is her real name.
Named after one of the most revered and enigmatic women in aviation history, Amelia Rose Earhart is about to embark on the same 1937 transcendental flight as her famous namesake.
While the two Amelia’s may not share a direct bloodline, they do share the same passion for open skies. Is that enough to help modern-day Amelia symbolically finish the failed flight around the world? Paired with advanced, in-flight technology and some sky-high social media, the passionate pilot and former news anchor certainly thinks so.
“I really wanted to take people on the flight with me,” Amelia said when we caught up with her days before her departure on June 26. “Most of these grand voyages go off the grid right after takeoff, and you don’t get the full story — the photos, emotions and fears. We’re changing that.”
Along every leg of the flight, from Trinidad and Tobago to Senegal and São Tomé, fans on the ground can watch Amelia in the cockpit via streaming video for an unparalleled view from the skies. Clearly a multi-tasker, she’ll also be keeping up with fans via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #flywithamelia — even as she approaches Howland Island in the South Pacific, the last known location of the 1937 flight.
Thankfully, a chart-enabled iPad mini mounted in the plane’s cockpit, along with other tech essentials — all courtesy of Target Electronics — will help Amelia navigate the skies.
“We’ve seen paper navigation charts shift to tablets over the last several years, so my iPad is one of the most important pieces of technology I’ll have,” said Amelia.
When she completes the 28,000-mile journey, Amelia will be the youngest woman to fly around the globe in a single engine aircraft. She’ll be making 17 stops (10 of which were included in the original flight route) in her Pilatus PC-12 NG, traceable on the map above.
“We’re even departing from the same Oakland, Calif., hanger space where Earhart started her journey in 1937,” she said. “I also just booked our last hotel, which is the exact same Honolulu hotel she stayed in while she was traveling westbound.”
No detail, from the route to the food, of the original voyage was overlooked during the planning of hers, said Amelia. “She ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the cockpit, so I can’t wait to pay homage to her by eating them too, just like she did 77 years ago.”
It’s these little tidbits that make modern-day Amelia feel a deeper connection to the pioneering female aviator and her legendary flight around the world. Others, it turns out, have had a similar response.
“I never anticipated how strongly people, especially young women, would feel about the flight,” she said. “I hope it encourages them to pursue their own adventures, no matter what they may be.”
Like Amelia, you too can get the latest tech trends and essentials at Target.
64GB iPad Mini with WiFi
FitBit Flex Wireless Wristband
Beats by Dre Headphones
Belkin Tracy Reese Cell Phone Case
Follow along with Amelia’s flight using #flywithamelia
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