Pilot Scott Kasprowicz (left) and copilot Steve Sheik are attempting to set a new speed record for an around-the-world helicopter flight using an unmodified AgustaWestland
Grand. The pair will cover more than 20,000 nm, 15 countries and 24 time zones to try to make the trip in less than 14 days. Having departed New York City Aug. 7, the pair flew east, planning to return to North America over the Bering Strait. In February 2008, Kasprowicz and Sheik broke the speed record for the fastest transcontinental helicopter flight from N.Y to Los Angeles, setting a mark of 15 hr, 9 min, 10 sec. They made six fuel stops and covered 2,139.8 nm.