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This site is a register of pilots who have flown around the world in light aircraft (*).
It records the pilots and their aircraft in chronological order,
and aims to inspire others who have similar flying dreams.
(*) Maximum weight 7000 kg.
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July 20, 2018:
An update from the Fosters from South Africa in their home built RV10:
We are currently in Wick waiting for the weather to fly to Iceland. We left Port Alfred on 31st May, thinking we had plenty of time to get to Oshkosh. Sadly because of weather delays we will not make It in time , we dearly hoped to meet up with other RV10 owners and enjoy the Oshkosh experience, but who can rely on the weather?
Hope to meet some EAA members when we finally get to the good old USA.
July 19, 2018:
Colin Hales was trying to fly around the Word in his little KR2.
He has crashed in Japan following an engine failure.
He is quite badly injured with a broken hip and three separate fractures of his back. He will be having surgery todayJuly 19th and then a prolonged recovery will follow.
There is no doubt that the clinical care in Japan will be first class, but it certainly will be very expensive. It is expected treatment will top $30,000 and Colin simply hasn't got it.
A "Crowd Fund" has been started to help Colin and it is never is too late to ensure his care and repatriation are conducted in the best way for somebody in his situation.
I am sure that here at Earthrounders we can help him, he is one of us! The link to contribute to this cause is
Thanks to Manuel Queiroz for the sad news.
July 18, 2018:
From Richard Beech:
I am preparing for a RTW circumnaviation with my daugther (who will be 12-13 years old when I take the trip). I am looking for someone to chat with about this trip. I plan on going the Alaska/Russia and England/Iceland/Greenland/Canada path. Have not decided East or Westbound as of now. We are planning on using a Cessna TTx or a Cirrus SR-22.
Looking for information on:
1) Any information on traversing and refueling in Russia
2) Clearance companies with good services
We are early in our planning but would love to start conversations and data gathering now.
Thanks in advance,
Richard & Eliza
July 18, 2017:
Please read our News Letter N°1
and click here for the Promotional Video
July 5, 2017:
Ravi Bansal announces his departure from Buffalo (NY). He is now in Bagotvile (Canada) and will be in Iqualuit tomorrow.
Wishing him fair weather all along.
July 1, 2017:
Bob and Steven Dengler have started their C150 Global Odyssey in their Bell 429 helicopter.
July 1, 2017:
From Daniel Ramseier:
'Handiflight', a non profit association, was born in Gruyère (Switzerland) in 2007. It has since become the biggest fly-in of disabled pilots from all around the world : a unique opportunity to share experiences and enjoy flying in the beauty of Swiss Alps.
After 10 years of solid success, Handiflight is inverting its normal actions : the event will fly around the world and meet disabled aviators in their own skies, explore new horizons and look for new challenges.
June 29, 2017:
From Ravi Bansal
After years of procrastination and months of preparation, Ravi Bansal of Buffalo, NY USA, is finally all set to depart in his Cessna 400, on his Round the World Solo Flight for the benefit of Rotary Ambala Cancer and General Hospital in his hometown in India. The goal of his flight is to bring awareness of Cancer and raise $750,000 to purchase an urgently needed MRI machine for the hospital. He plans to start from Buffalo, NY July 4th and fly eastwards. You can follow his flight real time, through his website
and his blog at
Please visit his website and help him achieve his goal to buy the MRI machine by donating generously. Donations can be made through the donation button on his website.
June 28, 2017:
Congratulations to S. Robert Vlassic for the completion of his RTW on April 25 in a Piper Saratoga PA32.
June 24, 2017:
From Brian Lloyd:
I am currently on a solo circumnavigation in my M20K, N916BL, following Amelia Earhart's route and keeping as closely as possible to her schedule on its 80th anniversary. I am currently in Singapore.
I will be departing from Amelia Earhart's schedule once I reach Australia, continuing to Fiji and then to overfly Howland Island on my way to Christmas Island, and then on to Hawaii, Oakland, Atchison, KS, and then end the flight at Oshkosh.
June 21, 2017:
Shaestra Wais is in Australia, flying a A36 Bonanza around the World on a solo flight. She had departed KDAB on May 13, 2017 on an easterly course.
June 5, 2017:
From Marcin Szamborski in Vladivostok:
A team of Russian and Polish pilots is close to complete a RTW in a Bell 407 helicopter, RA-01930. They started from Moscow on April 17th and expect to finish their RTW within days.
Follow them here:
May 24, 2017:
From Silvia and Brian Foster:
Brian and and Sylvia Foster have spent 2 years building an RV10 and plan to leave Port Alfred South Africa on 27th May 2017 to commence a leisurely RTW embracing a fly in to Oshkosh. We are members of EAA South Africa.
They can be followed on Face Book "Fosters RTW".
April 25, 2017:
From Steven Dengler:
My father Bob Dengler and I are organizing the C150 Global Odyssey, which will be the first Canadian circumnavigation of the globe by helicopter.
Starting July 1, Canada Day, the team will fly a Bell 429 helicopter over 38,000 kilometers around the world, making over 100 stops in 14 countries, including every provincial and territorial capital in Canada and Vimy Ridge in France.
C150 Global Odyssey is registered federal not-for-profit raising money for True Patriot Love, a veterans charity, and Southlake Regional Hospital, one of Canada's leading cancer care facilities.
April 24, 2017:
The RTV flight of Fedor Konyukhov in July 2016 has been ratified by FAI as a World Record.
Larger photo and details of the record.
April 12, 2017:
From double Earthrounder Wilfred Tashima (1992-1994):
I am selling my big tip tanks for Beechcraft A-36.
The tanks are located at KSEE, El Cajon, CA.
They are the Aluminum Tanks. By Frank Haile. And are in great shape. The tanks brought my plane safely from PHNL to KSEE this past October.
Cell: 808 286-2643.
Tel: 808 373-4914
April 2, 2017:
Sincere congratulations to Lola Odujinrin for the succesful completion of his solo RTW in a Cirrus. He landed on March 29, 2016 at Dulles Airport, Washington DC.
March 19, 2017:
A mini Earthrounders Meeting is projected during the Airshow at Evora, Portugal, from September 22d to September 24th.
Earthrounders are invited to participate. Food, lodging and fuel could be made available.
Please contact Michel Gordillo for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 17, 2017:
Ravi Bansal of Buffalo, NY, is announcing his departure for a solo RTW, in the first week of July in his Cessna 400.
Wishing him fair weather and tail winds...
March 11, 2017:
Bob Gannon and Art Mortvedt:
A Mini reunion. From check point Galena, Alaska on the Iditarod Race.
March 3, 2017:
British celebrity, Carol Vorderman, is preparing to fly solo around the World in a Twin Diamond DA42, which she named "Mildred", after her heroine, British pilot, the Honorable Mrs Mildred Bruce (solo RTW in 1931, Database #298).
More in an article from the Daily Mail:
Wishing her fair winds and a safe flight.
March 1, 2017:
A warning of exhorbitant landing charges at Bali airport.
February 28, 2017:
From double Earthrounder Wilfred Tashima:
Earthrounder Willie Tashima (ATW F33 - 1992, ATW A36 – 1994) is selling his two 100 gallon Bonanza tip tanks. His Beechcraft A36, N911WT, which took him around the world the second time is also for sale, with or without big tip tanks. 20 gallon Osborne tip tanks are presently installed on the plane. Photos and listing as shown on the web site. $35,000 dollars for the set of big tanks.
Used for the trip around the world, and for flights between the West Coast and Hawaii.
The photo on the ground is with the 20 gallon tip tanks.
The photo in the air in front of Diamond Head is with the 100 gallon tip tanks.
For the big tip tanks, email Willie Tashima at: email@example.com
More photos here:
February 16, 2017:
From Sergey Terekhin: Yes, we all miss Mikhail Farikh, he was an exceptional man, full of energy and
readiness to help. His smile and good humor impossible to forget.
Two days ago another good pilot from their round the Earth flight died in helicopter crash: Dmitriy Rakitsky
with 3 POB.
Mikhail and Dmitriy both flew around the World in two Robinson 66 helicopters in 2013.
Their R66 helicopters
More on their helicopters RTW on these two sites:
From "MondoCharlie" in Spanish
From the Russian AOPA
February 1, 2017:
At the traditional Earthrounders ski week in Champery, Switzerland, we manage to get
7 Earthrounders on the same 'perch'
January 28, 2017:
Happy New Year of the Rooster
January 28, 2017:
Another 'mini-mini' Earthrounders 'get-together', when Bob Bates and
Bill Finlen paid a visit to Claude Meunier in what Bob describes as
"his yearly pilgrimage to the center of the Universe", aka Grass Valley in Western Australia. Great fun despite of the 42°C temperatures...
January 26, 2017:
Earthrounder Soiuzbek Saliev (RTW 2016) has some equipment for sale:
- a ferry tank Turtle pac of 100 gallon capacity
- a Winslow Life Raft ( 46GASTL - 095-1-100 )14 kg
- and Iridium Extreme satellite phone
Please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
January 17, 2017:
From John Bone: "I am planning a 2018 RTW in my Cirrus SR22 and looking to purchase a portable HF radio and 100 US Gallon Turtlepac.Also wanted is a Mustang MAC 200/300 survival suit, size medium"
John R. Bone
December 15, 2016:
Sincere congratulations to Miguel Gordillo for the succesful completion of his very long flight around the World by the Poles. He landed in Madrid (Spain), greeted by dozens.
December 11, 2016:
Spanish Earthrounder Miguel Gordillo passed through Brasilia on his way homeward bound in his RV-8 after flying across Antartica and the South Pole. In Brasilia, he was the guest of Gerard and Margi Moss, and gave a presentation to local pilots about his amazing transpolar flights.
For earlier notices, please click here
Last update: July 19, 2017