November 8, 2015
As previous day, this time higher and no radio connectivity at all to double check with the ground if her readings on board find confirmation, in her solo flight Donatella is really solo when she wants to celebrate what she thinks, hopes it's her new record: she takes a selfie at an altitude where commercial planes fly and Himalays climbers go.
Magni family, the Italian team who manufactures Magni gyroplanes
, Donatella's friends, and supporters are waiting at the airfield looking up, calculating the time she's been away. She makes her return like a shooting star at daytime, welcomed by friends', Samantha Cristoforetti's, and supporters congratulations.
As of November 8, 2015 Donatella Ricci is the new holder of the absolute World Altitude Record on gyroplane.
With the altitude of 27,556 ft/8,399 m, Donatella improves the world record of 350m, since 2004 held by American Andrew Keech.
Donatella's gyroplane is now all dressed up with the new celebratory liverage by internationally renowned aircraft designer Mirco Pecorari
She has written her experience in her book "Record Flight On Gyroplane"
, introduction by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Get your copy here
, available in Italian and from September 2017 in English as well!