Prepare2go is a company based out of Belgium and the UK, specialising in extraordinary logistics,
or, more simply put, moving people and equipment in, out and through difficult places and countries.

Since 2003 the company has been advising and helping individuals, companies, NGO's
and even government agencies, such as BBC, CNN, ABC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic,
Heckler & Koch, Control Risks, Aegis Group,... Prepare2go is also a recognised information source for FCO.

Whether the complication is physical (the North Pole, the summit of Aconcagua or the centre of the Sahara)
or political (Libya, Ukraine or Afghanistan to name just a few) Prepare2go has the experience
and the know-how to travel the road less travelled.
 It will get you to where you want or need to be - and get you back again!


The people behind Prepare2go

Sam Rutherford, 44, started his career with a commission from Sandhurst into the Army Air Corps.  
He served 8 years as office helicopter pilot, seeing action in a number of theatres around the world and with the DEA in central America. 
On leaving, he started advising on the best way of moving people and equipment in, out and through difficult places. 

This became Prepare2go, still actively doing the same tasks. 

He holds a number of commercial flying licences (both aeroplane and helicopter),
and has now visited in excess of 130 countries worldwide. 
He has flown to-from Europe-South Africa eight times (by both small aeroplane and helicopter),
and has driven by Land Rover from London to both Sydney and Cape Town.

VintageAirRally: Rally Director

Beatrice De Smet was born in Belgium and trained as a lawyer.
She lived in multiple countries such as Italy, France, Botswana and the UK and travelled extensively
and passionately over the last 20 years, mainly through Africa and Asia. From driving 4x4’s throughout the Sahara desert,
Western & Southern Africa to flying in Africa multiple times with a single or group of small planes,
she also conceived and lead the Jordanian Wadi Rum Horseback Expedition.
She holds a PPL, is a keen photographer and has an extensive photographic record of all her travels.
She speaks fluent Dutch, French, English and commands some Italian.
She is married to Sam Rutherford and they have 2 wonderful children.

VintageAirRally: Pr & Marketing

Gaetano Sucato was born in Belgium but raised in southern Italy and holds dual nationality.
He is a pilot since 2007 and also a flight instructor/aerial trip organiser since 2009.
At Prepare2go, he is in charge of flight operations since 2014 and is currently acting as flight ops coordinator and ferry pilot.
He has flown different types of single and multi-engine airplanes across 60 countries located in 5 different continents.

VintageAirRally: Air Operations Director

Lino Kafidas, 22, was born in Belgium and studied at the Art School in Antwerp,
followed by a bachelor in Film at a Brussels based college.
His experience lies with scriptwriting, directing, filming and editing. He speaks Dutch, Greek, English and a little French.
He loves fixing the more difficult projects.

VintageAirRally: Ground Operations Director

Bernard Ponet, was born in Antwerp and has a Master of Arts in Business Communication.
He used to work in the consulting and commercial industry across Europe,
Canada and the US and speaks French, Dutch and English.
He is not a pilot but very excited about helping to solve the challenges facing the VintageAirRally.

VintageAirRally: PR & Marketing / Administration for the planes, pilots and Rally participants.

Maxime Scarcez, 22, is Belgian and was born in Brussels.
He followed his pilot's training at the Sabena Flight Academy and now holds an ATPL(A).
He was awarded with the titel of "Best student pilot in flight training" and "Best student overal" by the flight school.
He is currently doing a bachelor degree in business administration at ICHEC in Brussels and planning to major in Entrepreneurship.
Passionate about aviation, he is thrilled to work on the Crete2Cape Rally.

VintageAirRally: Partnership & Events Coordinator

Nathalie Kool is currently completing her MSc. in Business Engineering at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
and had the chance to study in Santa Barbara and Taiwan.
She has always been convinced that exploring the world is far more valuable than money will ever be
and that the best way to progress is by putting yourself into challenging situations and find your way out of them…
And this is what she did extensively over the last year by traveling across Asia with her backpack
and will continue to do in Australia next year! 

VintageAirRally: Sponsorship Manager

Cécilia Smissaert was born in Belgium and is currently completing her studies in Business Engineering at Solvay Brussels School.
She has done several adventure routes in Africa and the Middle East, and looks for challenging environments to grow in.
At Prepare2Go, she is in charge of coordinating the event invitations and making sure that all government agencies are on board!
She is thrilled to learn more about how commissions work, as she intends to study International Politics next year.

VintageAirRally: Government Liaison Officer

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The vintageairrally

We take very old aircraft and do incredible journeys with them. Our pilots are equally important, and this is why they are carefully chosen to ensure they understand the difficulties ahead – and will tackle them with the determination (and sense of humour) they require.

The VintageAirRally team do not only create huge intercontinental Rallies. We also run shorter, more focussed events such as our Cloverleaf rallies (planes and cars competing) and our STOL competitions (open to all types of aircraft, not just vintage). 

We have chosen the teams for the Ushuaia2USA VintageAirRally. There is also our Facebook page for daily updates!

Upcoming Rallies


Montreal II




STOL Competition







Past Rallies








Buzet II


For more information please feel free to send us an email or just give us a call.

Phone: +32 2 880 21 54
Fax: +32 2 880 03 50

For Press Enquiries, please contact Jeremy Martin

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Registered office: Prepare2go bvba/sprl –
Krommeweg 31A,
1640 St-Genesius-Rode, Belgium

All images, copyright © Beatrice De Smet