FABIO ALEXANDER V Chief Believer Without Fabio’s unflagging support and passion for aviation, Captain Irving wouldn’t have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world. Now his most loyal champion is joining the journey, keeping the team aloft with his energy. As president of Miami’s premier charter company, Executive Air Services, Fabio lives and works by the words of one of his heroes, WWII aviator Eddie Rickenbacker: ‘Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.’
TOM KIELTY First Officer Joining Captain Irving in the cockpit is a pilot with more than 25 years of flight experience. In fact, Tom learned to pilot an airplane before he could drive a car. Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, his first flight instructor was his grandfather, who flew his own airplane to make sales calls across the Midwest. Tom is excited to return the favor and mentor the next generation of aviators.
OLIVER UBERTI Creative Director From 2003 to 2012, Oliver worked in the design department of National Geographic, most recently as Senior Design Editor. He owns a design studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he takes on clients whose causes he believes in. A jack-of-all-trades, Oliver will capture the story of the flight through blog posts, drawings, photos, and infographics.
SHAESTA WAIZ Expedition Coordinator Shaesta is a pilot and graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and aspires to be the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in 2016. Originally from Afghanistan, Shaesta is the first certified female pilot from her country. She has traveled across the nation on behalf of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to inspire young women to pursue an education in STEM.
BRIAN FORD Videographer Brian is a cross-platform visual media specialist for National Geographic in Washington, D.C. His work has led him to document stories around the globe from the post-industrial struggles of Detroit to the post-conflict transformations of rural Colombia, from the rebuilding efforts in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake to the reshaping of American Indian rights in Oklahoma.
KEITH FOREMAN The Guardian Keith coordinates trip logistics for Universal Weather & Aviation. He coached Captain Irving during his first solo flight around the world. Now he will guide the team to from Washington, DC to Sydney Australia and back. Monsoons, international conflict, and delayed fuel shipments keep Keith up at night.