C150 Global Odyssey
What is C150GO?
The C150 Global Odyssey (C150GO) is the brainchild of Bob and Steven Dengler, a father-son team with a passion for aviation, adventure, and their home and native land: Canada. C150GO is the world’s first Canadian around-the-world helicopter flight, and the first ever father-son global circumnavigation.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the all-Canadian crew – composed of Bob, Steven and helicopter ace Rob ‘Dugal’ MacDuff – will fly a Canadian-made Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter over 38,000 km in just over one month. Starting in the nation’s capital on July 1, 2017 and zigzagging the globe, the crew will visit more than 100 airports in 14 countries as they travel the world.
Not only will their circumnavigation take the crew through Ottawa and every Canadian provincial and territorial capital, but they will also visit many historical Canadian landmarks along the way.
C150GO is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization developed to support and raise funds for both the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation and True Patriot Love Foundation. This historic milestone in Canadian aviation has been years in the making. C150GO comes to life in 2017, ready to capture the attention of Canadians across the country as we all celebrate 150 years of Confederation.
c150go Fact Sheet
Bell 429 Global Ranger, manufactured in Montreal, the world’s most advanced light twin helicopter
Three Canadian Pilots, including the first father-son duo to attempt a global circumnavigation
July 1, 2017
Canada’s 150th Birthday
35 to 40 days
20,000 Nautical Miles
103 airports in 14 countries
C150GO marks not only the first Canadian global circumnavigation by helicopter, but also the first father-son team to fly around the world. Bob and Steven Dengler are working with the FAI and Guinness World Records to officially register this record.
Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island
One of Canada’s most important engineering achievements, the Confederation Bridge opened in 1997 to connect Prince Edward Island to the mainland. Almost 13 km in length, it is the world’s longest bridge crossing ice-covered water.
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
In February 1909, Alexander Graham Bell made his mark on Canadian aeronautical history when he financed and organized Canada’s first powered flight at his estate in Baddeck. John McCurdy flew the AEA Silver Dart over Baddeck Bay and with it, ushered in the age of Canadian aviation.
Signal Hill National Historic Site
St. John’s, Newfoundland
In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi received the first ever transatlantic radio signal on historical Signal Hill. The transmission was sent from his station in Poldhu, England, where the G150GO crew will also visit in their travels.
The signal received in Newfoundland in 1901 was sent from this location in Cornwall, England. Built in 2001, the Marconi Centre Poldhu commemorates the first transatlantic transmission’s 100th anniversary.
Canadian National Vimy Memorial
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Vimy Ridge, a defining moment in Canadian history. The C150GO crew will travel with a wreath from Canada’s capital to place at the Memorial.
Bell Helicopter Plant
Founded in 1935, Bell Helicopter stands at the forefront of aviation technology. Its
Mirabel plant, opened in 1983, manufactures some of the world’s most advanced
helicopters, including the Bell 429 flown on the C150 Global Odyssey.
- SEGMENT 1 - Departing from National Helicopters, Vaughan, Ontario
- Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario
- Montréal, Québec
- Overfly Pont de Québec, Québec
- Capitale Hélicoptère, Québec City, Québec
- CFB Bagotville, Saguenay, Québec (overnight)
- Fredericton, New Brunswick
- Overfly Confederation Bridge to PEI
- Charlottetown, PEI
- Alexander Graham Bell National Historical Site, Baddeck, Nova Scotia
- Sydney, Nova Scotia
- CFB Shearwater, Halifax, Nova Scotia (overnight)
- Stephenville, Newfoundland
- Overfly Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
- Overfly Signal Hill National Historic Site, St. John’s, Newfoundland
- St. John's, Newfoundland (overnight)
- St. Anthony, Newfoundland
- Overfly L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland
- Mary's Harbour, Labrador (overnight)
- CFB Goose Bay, Newfoundland
- Nain, Labrador
- Hebron Mission National Historic Site, Labrador
- Overfly Saglek Fjord, Torngat Mountains, Labrador
- Kangiqsualujjuaq, Québec
- Iqaluit, Nunavut (overnight)
- Pangnirtung, Nunavut
- Nuuk, Greenland
- Narsarsuaq, Greenland (overnight)
- Kulusuk, Greenland
- Reykjavik, Iceland (overnight)
- Egilsstadir, Iceland
- Vágar, Faroe Islands
- Glasgow, Scotland (overnight)
- Llanbedr, Wales, United Kingdom
- Overfly Marconi Centre, Poldhu, Cornwall, United Kingdom
- RNAS Culdrose, United Kingdom
- Marconi Centre, Poldhu, Cornwall, United Kingdom (overnight)
- Helicopter Museum, Weston-Super-Mare, England
- Denham, England, United Kingdom
- London, England, United Kingdom (overnight)
- Le Touquet, France
- Overfly Canadian Vimy Ridge Memorial, France
- Overfly Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, France
- Arras, France
- Canadian Vimy Ridge Memorial, France
- Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, France
- Dahlemer-Binz, Germany
- Prague, Czech Republic (overnight)
- SEGMENT 2 - Departing from Prague, Czech Republic
- Warsaw, Poland
- Riga, Latvia
- Pskov, Russia
- Konakovo, Russia (overnight)
- Roika, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
- Begishevo, Nizhnekamsk, Russia
- Chelyabinsk, Russia (overnight)
- Marianovka, Omsk, Russia
- Novosibirsk, Russia
- Krasnoyarsk, Russia (overnight)
- Bratsk, Russia
- Hadarta Baikal, Russia (overnight)
- Bodaybo, Russia
- Olekminsk, Russia
- Yakutsk, Russia (overnight)
- Ust-Maya, Russia
- Okhotsk, Russia
- Magadan, Russia (overnight)
- Severo-Evensk, Russia
- Markovo, Russia
- Anadyr, Russia (overnight)
- Provideniya, Russia
- Nome, Alaska (overnight)
- Bethel, Alaska
- Ilyamna/Newhalen, Alaska
- Anchorage, Alaska (overnight)
- Northway, Alaska
- Whitehorse, Yukon Territory (overnight)
- SEGMENT 3 - Departing from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
- Watson Lake, Yukon
- Fort Nelson, British Columbia
- Fort St. John, British Columbia (overnight)
- Williams Lake, British Columbia
- Nanaimo, British Columbia
- Victoria, British Columbia
- Vancouver, British Columbia (overnight)
- Penticton, British Columbia
- Kamloops, British Columbia
- Jasper, Alberta
- Edmonton, Alberta (overnight)
- Slave Lake, Alberta
- Footner Lake / High Level, Alberta
- Hay River, Alberta
- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (overnight)
- Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
- Fort McMurray, Alberta
- CFB Cold Lake, Alberta
- Calgary, Alberta (overnight)
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- CFB Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
- Regina, Saskatchewan (overnight)
- The Pas, Manitoba
- Thompson, Manitoba
- Churchill, Manitoba (overnight)
- Gillam, Manitoba
- Norway House, Manitoba
- CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba (overnight)
- Red Lake, Ontario
- Sioux Lookout, Ontario
- Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Geraldton, Ontario
- Wawa, Ontario (overnight)
- Timmins, Ontario
- Moosonee, Ontario
- Iamgold Westwood Mine, Rouyn-Noranda, Québec
- Rouyn-Noranda, Québec (overnight)
- North Bay, Ontario
- CFB Borden, Ontario
- Toronto, Ontario (overnight)
- Trenton, Ontario
- Overfly Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
- Bell Helicopter Plant, Montréal, Québec
- National Helicopters, Vaughan, Ontario - TRIP COMPLETE
The C150Go Crew
Bob Dengler, Aurora, ON
Founder of Dynatec Mining in 1980, Bob is a recognized pioneer of modern Canadian mining, growing the company over 25 years into an industry leader employing over 1,500 people. Bob has a true adventurous spirit; In 2014 he summited Kilimanjaro and in 2015, flew his Bell 429 from Toronto to the top of Baffin Island, a 4,400-nautical-mile journey. Both journeys were completed with his wife Patricia by his side.
Steven Dengler - King, ON
Steven is a Canadian entrepreneur with over 20 years of leadership in the tech space. In 1993 he co-founded XE, the world’s trusted currency authority. A renowned financial technology innovator, Canadian investor, and startup mentor, Steven is also the executive producer for numerous film and video game projects. He is a proficient pilot of both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.
Rob “Dugal” MacDuff - Montreal, QC
A retired test pilot for the Bell 429 Global Ranger, Rob is a distinguished helicopter professional with over 12,000 hours of flight experience. Rob has helped other notable Canadians pursue their love for flying, including hockey legend Guy LaFleur. Rob rounds out the C150GO crew as its third pilot.
VIP Guest: Guy Lafleur - Montreal, QC
Hockey Legend Guy Lafleur will be joining the crew as a special guest for a number of Canadian stops. In his 17-year NHL career, he played 1126 games, scored 560 goals, and 5 Stanley Cups.
VIP Guest: Dave Williams - Newmarket, ON
Dr. Dave Williams will join C150GO for its inaugural leg. Dave is a renowned Canadian doctor and astronaut who has flown aboard Space Shuttles Columbia and Endeavor, as well as the International Space Station. He currently serves as CEO of Southlake Hospital.
VIP Guest: Peter Bregg - Toronto, ON
Internationally-renowned photojournalist Peter Bregg will join the team as photographer for a number of key stops. In a career spanning four decades, Peter has traveled to more than 85 countries and received the Order of Canada.
C150GO is made possible thanks to the generous contributions from our sponsors.
C150GO is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization developed to support and raise funds for both the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation and True Patriot Love Foundation. All donations made below go directly to the foundations and the programs that they lead and fund.
True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity with the mission to inspire every Canadian to contribute to the resilience and well being of our military and Veteran families. Since 2009, TPL has provided more than $18 million to support military families, including supporting more than 100 community-based programs across the country that address the unique challenges resulting from service including mental health, physical rehabilitation, transitioning to civilian life, and the special needs of children. In addition, TPL contributes to advancements in research and technology through our $5 million commitment to the Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research (Queen’s University). For more information, visit: TruePatriotLove.com
Southlake Foundation fundraises with one goal in mind – supporting its world-class hospital and the community it serves. Southlake Regional Health Centre is a full-service hospital with a regional, clinically advanced focus, serving more than one million people who reside in the surrounding regions. Advanced, specialty services include arthritis care, cancer care, cardiac care, cataract surgery, child and adolescent eating disorders, mental health services for children, paediatrics and perinatal care, and thoracic surgery.