The Britannia Trophy, first presented in 1913, is awarded to the British aviator or aviators accomplishing the most meritous performance in aviation during the previous year.

Challenge of a lifetime!

On 28th February 2006 Manuel Queiroz set off from Gloucestershire Airport to make real his dream to fly solo around the world in a single engine aircraft - in record breaking time! 39 days later he returned as the first and only pilot to circumnavigate the globe in a British registered homebuilt aircraft, as well as establishing a new British speed record and six new World records.

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Manuel is currently engaged in recounting his amazing story to flying clubs, other social groups and at corporate events around the country - he is still taking bookings, so if you or your group are interested, please contact him at for further details.












Photograph by Belgrave & Portman Photography Limited



Read All About It!

Manuel's book 'Chasing the Morning Sun' is now published and available from your local or internet bookstore


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Manuel wins Britain's highest award for aviation

On 24th April 2007, Manuel's fantastic achievement was recognised by the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom, when the Club's President, HRH The Duke of York presented him with the Britannia Trophy, one of the world's greatest aviation awards.












His name will be added to the prestigious list of aviators who have previously been awarded this trophy including Sir John Alcock, Sir Alan Cobham, Alex Henshaw and Sheila Scott to name but a few.

In addition, since his return, Manuel been awarded the following accolades:

Flyer Magazine 'Pilot of the Year 2006'

The Popular Flying Association's trophy for Navigation 2006

A new British speed record for circumnavigation of the globe in a single engine aircraft under 1000 kg, officially recognised by the Royal Aero Club

Six diplomas from the FAI, the world governing body for sporting aviation, signed by the President of the Royal Aero Club, HRH The Duke of York, confirming his setting of six new world speed records for aviation

He has been admitted as a member of the 'Earthrounders', one of the world's most exclusive clubs






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Round the world pilot - Gloucestershire Airport - 8th April 2006

Photo by Andy Sharpe