UAS Co-Owner/Founder and CEO Omar Hosari’s commitment to climb Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, this month is far more than a personal goal.
Setting out on October 5th from Tanzania, Mr. Hosari is pledging to donate one US dollar for every meter of the 20,000 ft. (6,096 meter) mountain climbed towards IBAC’s aviation sustainability awareness and education programs. The first workshop is scheduled to take place during ABACE 2020, in collaboration with the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) where Mr. Hosari is also a Board member.
“Our industry has a responsibility to find solutions which will ensure longevity for the sector, but even more importantly, to contribute to protect the planet’s future,” Mr Hosari said.
“Aviation, especially business aviation, where our company has been active for two decades, is regularly criticised for its carbon footprint.
“We are making great strides in identifying ways to reduce emissions with the aim of becoming more carbon neutral to reduce the environmental impact – with sustainable aviation fuel and the terrific initiative from the SAF Coalition leading the charge.”
“Being able to play a small part by dedicating this climb to aviation sustainability and help demonstrate the leading role we all play as stakeholders in business aviation is my privilege.
“There are many in our industry who can help influence change. If my climb can contribute to that effort, I will be immensely proud.”
Kurt Edwards, Director General for the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), stated: “We commend Mr. Hosari for his dedication to take on this monumental feat of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and for his charitable spirit to support our sustainable educational efforts for the business aviation industry.
“IBAC, with the Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) coalition, is currently focused on increasing awareness and availability of SAF that blends with other fuels without restrictions. The funds generated by Mr. Hosari’s climb will help us further build our awareness campaign and other sustainability efforts.
We wish Mr. Hosari a safe and successful trek, and thank him for his generosity,” added Mr. Edwards.