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Amelia Rose Earhart caps around-the-world flight with Atchison appearance

07/22/2014 2:29 PM

07/22/2014 2:34 PM

A week after Amelia Rose Earhart successfully flew around the world – with help from Lockton Aviation in Kansas City – she traveled to Kansas to help celebrate her namesake.

She found a warm welcome.

The 31-year-old pilot was a guest speaker over the weekend at the 18th Amelia Earhart Festival in the famous pilot’s hometown of Atchison, Kan.

Amelia Rose, a former Denver TV reporter who attended high school in Tonganoxie, is not related to the aviator who went missing in the Pacific in 1937. But she shares her love of flying.

“Amelia was extremely well received,” says festival coordinator Jacque Pregont. “We had the largest crowd we have had for our symposium.

“The crowd was very receptive. In fact, she was a little late getting to the Pioneering Achievement Award luncheon because she was in demand for autographs and photos after her presentation.”

The festival presented its annual Pioneering award to Michele Stauffer, founder of Kansas Aircraft Corp. in Johnson County. Amelia Rose received the honor last year.

Earhart and co-pilot Shane Jordan took off from Oakland International Airport on June 26 and after 17 stops on a 24,3000 nautical-mile trip – west-to-east around the world – returned safely on July 11.

“I feel amazing,” she told reporters in Oakland. “It was an amazing journey. We feel like we had Amelia there with us, symbolically closing her flight plan … To come back here, it just brings it full circle.”

She flew with technology, like GPS, that her namesake could never have imagined. And she had help from Lockton Aviation in Kansas City, an aviation insurance company.

“Our role in supporting Amelia Rose was first and foremost to secure liability coverage for the use of the aircraft,” Ty Carter, aviation risk management executive with Lockton, explains on the company’s website.

“But beyond that, we wanted to give her technology and risk assessment tools that would help assure a safe and complete flight.”

Lockton furnished Earhart with an iPad outfitted with contact info for insurance claims adjusters around the world – just in case – and a custom app to be used before setting off on each leg of the trip.

The app led her through a preparedness checklist by the Federal Aviation Administration to help her decide if conditions were good for take-off.

The Lockton team also helped smooth the way for her at airports she used along the route since the plane was outfitted with a special, auxiliary fuel tank.

“At some of these smaller air fields, they may not have the right personnel or equipment to refill the tank since it’s a modification,” Carter detailed before the flight. “We’ve contacted those locations in advance to make sure the refueling process goes smoothly.”

Leaving Kansas City on Sunday after her appearance in Atchison, Earhart tweeted a photo from KCI of the plane she was flying on, joking: “Sittin‘ in the back... Sometimes you gotta. #flywithamelia @SouthwestAir.”

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