Ricky and Tash De Agrela in 2004

RICKY DE AGRELA. In 2004 microlight adventurer Ricky De Agrela and his best friend Alan Honeyborne set off for what has been described as one of the boldest adventures ever in aviation history. They embarked on an extraordinary attempt to break the world record for the longest journey in the smallest aircraft. 11 months, 32 countries and 64 000 kilometers later Ricky returned triumphant, but alone. 

Alan had died in a fatal accident over the jungles of China just 5 months into the trip. Pushing on alone, and encountering enormous hurdles and setbacks, Ricky honoured their commitment and completed over 6 months of tough solo flight to break the world record.


Ricky outlines the ‘Freedom Flight’ adventure.

An interview with Tash De Agrela

Tash interviews Ricky Part 1: Reasons for the trip & logistics

Tash interviews Ricky Part 2: Petrol plans, thoughts on a changing world, photos from above

Tash interviews Ricky Part 3: Alan’s death & continuing alone

Tash Interviews Ricky Part 4: Reflections and Learnings

5 Responses to Ricky De Agrela (49) – Making Aviation History

  1. Amin Baik August 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    WAW it’s not enough ….. really amazing

  2. Julia Lloyd July 5, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Wow! I read the whole thing! Awesome Ricky! Way back when I knew you, before you became famous, I always knew that one day you would do something so magnificent that the whole world would know who you were. I laughed and I cried reading your amazing story, and your daughter has grown into such a beautiful young woman. Well done! You are a beautiful human being!

  3. Patricia Ann Byrne March 11, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Tash having a father who is such an adventurer, brought me back to reflect on my relationship with my Dad. Engineer building roads in Rhodesia and Nyasaland (now Zimbabwe and Malawi).

    Unlike Tash who shared wanting to be grounded (fearing for her father’s life/safety)- I wanted to pioneer, discover and be out there – just like my Dad. My Dad awakened the adventurer in me. I struggle to be grounded and am happiest when I explore: Botswana, camping, my tent in an unfenced game park experiences.

    Ricky has incredible courage and sounds humble with it all. The photographs taken from above are exquisitely evoking. Well done Lisa Chait on making this all happen! Thank you for sharing the story & enriching us with the majesty of it all. People are intrinsically good, kind and hospitable. I am grateful to have seen the interviews and now I can reflect on what my choices are pertaining to taking care of this beautiful planet.

  4. Ricky De Agrela February 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Awesome to hear my daughter, Tash’s, perspective. Hope others get a feel for what goes on behind the scenes of expeditions.
    Thanks Lisa and Peter. Well done.

    • Scott August 8, 2014 at 5:45 am #

      I have just finished reading ur book, “freedom Flight” It inspires me daily. What a great trip, in the true sense of the word.
      I have been flying since 31 August 1971 but havent come across such inspirational words to make be get out of bed each day.

      thank you!!!!!!

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