Pilot Prepares Plane for Flight Around the World

“Pilots like to give back to society. I’m looking forward to it.”

A pilot on a mission.

This one will take him around the world.

A pilot with Wings of Mercy, a non-profit organization that helps people in need, is getting his plane ready for the long journey.

Tim Fino’s flight around the world will begin at the Roscommon airport in Houghton Lake.

He was there today, making sure his plane is ready for the trek.

9&10’s Cody Boyer and Photojournalist Jeff Blakeman have more details after learning about the ambitious journey.

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Getting a plane like Tim’s ready for a flight around the globe takes a long time and lots of help.

“There’s a lot of things that I want to make certain really work and that’s why that inspection is a critical part for me this year,” said Tim Fino, pilot and owner of a 1978 Piper Seneca II.

Tim Fino is a pilot for Wings of Mercy, a non-profit charter of flying people in need that need specialized care to far away facilities.

“If a person needs to go out to the Boston Medical Center or the National Institute of Health, we will fly them again out there and there is no charge whatsoever for the recipients,” Fino said.

Trip plans started months ago.

Today, Tim was in Houghton Lake to get the plane inspected.

“Tim asked me, ‘Well, you feel good about your work?'” Eric Jaroch said. Jaroch is the owner and operator of the Roscommon airport and performed the inspection of Tim’s plane.  “I said, ‘I feel very good about my work. He says, ‘Good enough where you would fly with me around the world?’ I said, ‘Of course.'”

The chairs in the back of the cab are actually going to be removed to make room for much needed fuel for the duration of the trip, while Tim, himself, is going to spend a grand total of 169 hours in the pilot’s chair.

“Really at the end of the day, I need to be sure that tim is going to be flying a safe airplane,” Jaroch said. “He’s going to be flying some serious long legs, especially over open water”

Tim will be leaving the roscommon airport to join a handful of other volunteer pilots in may to start his voyage.

“If we can help a couple of extra people get medical care that normally wouldn’t get the medical care, that what it’s all about,” Fino said.

Tim’s flight will take him around 28,000 miles and six weeks to finish.

He’ll make strategic stops along the way only to refuel and stretch his legs.