Kaelan, the little son of Kingley Just, with Paul Adlard,
Associate Professor of the Florey Institute of
Neuroscience and Mental Health
The event will be held in the morning of the 1st of March at Lethbridge Airpark airfield, in Australia. The previous world record was set on 29 January 2007, during the Al Ain Aerobatic Show in Al Ain (UAE) by Zoltán Veres (Hungary).
The funds raised will support Associate Professor Paul Adlard's team at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. They are working on a research related to zinc absorption but they need money to continue. The reason why he is so interested in this is his little son. Kaelan is 6 years old and he has been diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition that is a variant of Acrodermatitis Enteropathica (AE). The symptoms are unpleasant, therefore affecting his quality of life. AE is caused by his inability to metabolize zinc, leading to a deficiency. According to Just, ‘traditional treatment helped a lot, but not completely. Doctors find it hard to manage his condition’. In addition, there is very little research in this area. Kingsley Just states ‘My wife and I have become aware that Associate Professor Paul Adlard and his team are researching therapies for zinc- related disorders. His research is mainly focused on the role of zinc in neurodegenerative diseases, but it may also have an effect on conditions like AE. I would therefore like to dedicate my record attempt to this vital work’.
Pitts of Kingsley Just
Kingsley Just is an approach controller at Melbourne International Airport. He started flying gliders at the age of 16 and continued onto powered aircrafts to get his commercial pilot license. He said that he had a spell from flying for about 15 years while he consolidated his ATC skills. About 3 years ago he started flying again and somehow he finds himself the part owner of a little Pitts. At the beginning he wanted to set a record for the most rolls in one hour, however Guinness didn't approve that and suggested that he could try to do the most consecutive rolls in an aircraft.
Jeremy Miller, from Skythrills (a little flying school specialized in aerobatics and emergency maneuvers training) has been coaching Just. Both have modified the roll technique to suit this record attempt. Just recognizes, ‘I haven't been able to spend much time training and fundraising’ but he explains that he has also been training by playing at the park with his kids. In a funny way, he said: ‘Anything that goes round and around I have been on with the kids. It's all good stuff to try and condition my inner ear, but I have been getting some funny looks from other parents”.
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health is focused on understanding the key role that zinc plays within the brain, particularly as it relates to learning and memory functions along with the ageing process and other different neurological disorders. The insight they have gained from their research, has allowed them to pharmacologically target zinc-related abnormalities to improve function and prevent disease in different model systems.
The web www.everydayhero.com.au/event/Kingsley-Just-RollforResearch has a section for donations. Currently they have got about $2.500.