Few retired people would entertain the idea of spending 81 days in a single-engine aeroplane.

Fewer still would choose to do it guiding the aircraft 59,000 miles around the world, a journey 67-year-old amateur pilot Dave McElroy brought to an end yesterday when he touched down at Perth airport after completing the final leg from Reykjavik.

Mr McElroy's circumnavigation of the globe, a mere 24 hours too long to match the spark of Jules Verne's tale of Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout, is the definition of intrepid and merits rich applause.

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During his adventure Mr McElroy overcame military coups, extremes of temperature and technical glitches when many of a similar age might struggle with a new smartphone or the layout of the cockpit in a new car.

The former president of the Scottish Aero Club embarked on the extraordinary voyage to raise £150,000 for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance, formed in 2013 to help the Scottish Air Ambulance Service and funded entirely by donations.

After a dire spell for aviation, it is uplifting to hear a good news story about flying - and the powers of human endurance.