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Professor participates in Cessna flight from WNC to Alaska, plans trip around the world

Two years ago, Debasish Banerjee, professor of computer information systems, and Franklin retiree J. Thomas Stovall flew a Cessna 182 from Franklin across the country, into Canada and on to Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost point of the United States.

From left, pilots Thomas Stovall and Debasish Banerjee give a thumbs up from inside the Cessna 182 they flew from Franklin to Barrow, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Thomas Stovall)

From left, pilots Thomas Stovall and Debasish Banerjee give a thumbs up from inside the Cessna 182 they flew from Franklin to Barrow, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Thomas Stovall)

Stovall chronicled the 14-day round-trip adventure, which included a landing in which the duo could not see a horizon because of dense smoke, in an article that was published in the Macon County News.

Now, Banerjee is planning a trip around the world in a single engine plan to raise awareness of diabetes. The flight will take place in the summer of 2015 and is connected to Banerjee’s nonprofit organization, Awareness Education and Prevention of Diabetes. He also will be hosting meetings and events in advance of the flight to raise awareness of the disease in Western North Carolina. Banerjee has diabetes and said several of his family members have suffered dire consequences of having the disease. “That’s the motivation, he said.

From left, Thomas Stovall and Debasish Banerjee prepare for flight.

From left, Thomas Stovall and Debasish Banerjee prepare for flight. (Photo courtesy Thomas Stovall)

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