About the Pilots


Jared Isaacman, Pilot in Command

Jared is the founder and CEO of two major banking companies; United Bank Card, a national credit card processor and United Cash Solutions, a national ATM sales and services company; he is also a strategic investor in 26 North Aviations, an aircraft management services company. Jared Isaacman owns and flies multiple aircraft including a Citation III, Citation Mustang, Citation CJ1/CJ2 Jets, and Beech Barron. In addition to his "normal" business aircraft, he also owns and flys a number of fighter aircraft including the Czech L-39ZA fighterjet, the Canadair T-33 fighterjet and the North American T-28C Trojan. Jared holds both the single pilot and crew jet type rating for the Citation Mustang, Citation III and the Citation Jet 525/CJ2 being flown on this trip.



Jared Isaacman


For the last nine years, my life has been entirely consumed with business. I started my first and most successful business, United Bank Card, nine years ago when I was just sixteen. Under my leadership, United Bank Card has achieved a variety of notable accolades, including being listed by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S. for the last three consecutive years. United Bank Card has grown from a small two man business, operating from my parents’ basement, to become one of the largest payment processors in the nation, with over 8 billion dollars in credit card processing volume and more than 100,000 clients.


In addition to my life’s love of business, I have also held a deep passion for aviation and aerospace. For the last two years, I have made aviation my exclusive hobby. I fly as much as possible; it has actually become a form of therapy when I am away from the office.


I have tested my piloting abilities in some of the most adverse weather and conditions available and I have complete confidence in my team and the aircraft we have selected to make this record-breaking journey around the world. Although this trip is certainly a significant undertaking, I believe it is only the first of many great adventures. Our achievements in the air will bring a satisfaction that will only be eclipsed by the awareness we hope to create for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their noble mission.





Doug Demko


Doug Demko

Doug has been a professional flight instructor for a number of years as well as a Captain on Gulfstream II, Gulfstream III, Citation Mustang and Citation III jet aircraft. He presently serves as a corporate pilot for United Bank Card and an Assistant Chief Pilot and Captain for 26 North Aviation.


Doug is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach FL. In addition to flying, he enjoys skiing, snowboarding and motorcycling.




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