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Vijaypat Singhania : A man of many hues

April 5, 2008
Vijaypat Singhania, chairperson of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad has never been afraid of pushing himself to new heights despite being on terra firma for over 70 years .

His achievements speak for him. He holds the world record for the highest altitude gained while travelling in a hot air balloon at the age of 67.

He also did a solo flight in a microlight from the UK to India in 1998. Singhania has a flight experience of over 5,000 hours.

In 1994, he won the gold medal in the Federation Aeronautique Internationale race, covering a distance of 34,000 km spanning 24 days.
Text: Leslie D'Monte

Image: Industralist and aviator Vijaypat Singhania poses during the announcement of his intention to fly a hot air balloon to the edge of space in Mumbai on March 29, 2005. | Photograph: Sebastian D'Souza/AFP/Getty Images

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