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Taking type 1 to the skies

19 June 2012

Douglas Cairns has more reason than most to be hoping for good weather next week, as he is planning to set off on his next record-breaking flight on Monday 25 June to raise money for JDRF.

Douglas, who has type 1 diabetes, will be aiming to set the world speed record on his trans-American journey, flying from Daytona Beach in Florida across America to San Diego California. The flight should take between 13 to 15 hours and will be extra challenging as the entire flight will be flown by two aircraft in formation.

Until 1997, people with insulin treated diabetes were not allowed to become pilots due to concerns over the dangers of low blood sugar during flight. But with advances in easy to use, portable blood sugar monitoring devices and intensive pre- and in-flight blood sugar monitoring regimen, this has changed. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now allow pilots with well-controlled insulin treated diabetes to get medical certificates allowing private piloting.

Douglas is no stranger to flying challenges in aid of JDRF – he has previously flown around the world and to Alaska. He also hosts ‘flying with diabetes days’ which aim to inspire other people living with type 1 to achieve their dreams.

Click here to find out more about Douglas’ incredible record-breaking attempt, track the teams progress and make a donation

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