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24-29 October 2016

The 9th Earthrounders Meeting
will now take place
in Mount Hagen,
Papua New Guinea.

Our host: Bob Bates

A change of plan has occurred
for our next Earthrounders Meeting...
Please read on...

Newsletter #1
Newsletter #2
Newsletter #3
How to get there?

Newsletter #4
Pre and Post Meeting Tours

Please read the
PNGTours Information Pack

Who is coming to the Reunion?

Colin Hales is flying a KR2 (probably the smallest amateur-built aircarft) and is presently in Alaska.
Saki Chen, aka Jingxian Chen, 31, the first female Chinese pilot, left Cleveland, Ohio, USA on August 1, 2016 flying a Bonanza A36 N19MT, with the owner, Richard Rohl and his father Lawrence Rohl.
Australian teenage pilot Lachlan Smart has started his RTW from Queensland in a Cirrus VH-IBC.
Debasish Banerjee is flying a Cessna 182 N58635 from 1A5 Macon County Airport. He is diabetic and he plans to make the flight a tool to raise awareness of Diabetes. Curently in India.
Michel Gordillo departed San Javiern on February 19. He flew over the North Pole a few days ago. /
Preparing for the secong part of his polar flight in his RV8 EC-XLL
Ademilola (Lola) Odujinrin is flying a Cirrus SR22, N313CD, for a solo RTW. Presently in the UK.
Joe McMillen, in a Cirrus SR22T departed San Diego on May 9th.
Completed on August 24th.
Adrian A. Eichhorn departed Manassas VA, on Apil 10.
He flies a restored 1962 P Beechcraft Bonaza N1733G.
Completed on June 9, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce completed his solo RTV in a Mooney Ovation. He departed Nevada on March 22d and finished on May 30th.
Adam Broome of Capel Hill, NC departed Durham,NC on April 25, 2016.
He flies a Beechcraft Bonanza A36, N5831R (31Romeo)
Matevz Lenarcic departed Portoroz/Slovenia on March 3.
Completed April 22, 2016
Mike Blyth, Jean d'Assonville and Patrick Huang have departed Tedderfield (South Africa) on July 9, 2015 for a Westbound RTW in a Sling 4.
Robert Laurentis has departed LIndbergh Airport (KMYF), San Diego, on May 17, 2015 for a solo RTW in his Malibu Mirage.
Completed on Sptember 1, 2015
Bill Harrelson has started his World Record Attempt to fly around the world by the poles in a Lancair IV.
His Facebook page is: ZQ Pilot
Completed on January 22, 2015
Flights being undertaken over several years
Bill Charney (Beech Staggerwing)
Dr. Bo Zhang will depart from Beijing on August 7th, 2016 for his solo RTW in a TBM 700, N661EK
Shaestra Wais will fly a A36 Bonanza around the World in June 2016 to become the youngest female to fly solo aoround the World.
Sami Raffa and Ralph Eckhardt, two retired B747 Captains are planning an Eastward RTW in a Mooney Ovation.
Tim Fino is announcing his RTW, departing Oshkosh in a Piper Seneca II N47815 in support of Wings of Mercy East Michigan
Theodore Robert Wright:
Justin Collins
Sergey Ananov's departed Moscow in a Robinson 22 helicopter for an Eastbound RTW
Ditched between Canada and Greenland on July 25, 2015. Pilot safe.
Vincent Moisson and Phillipe Renaudet have started their RTW 'following Phineas Fogg' in a Dyn Aero MCR-4S from Nantes, France, on May 8, 2015.Details
Flight abandoned in Japan in June 2015, Aircraft freighted back to France by sea.

Click here for details.

November 11, 2015: Bruce Andrews wants to buy a 160 gallon Turtle-Pac tank.
Full details on the messages page

August 31, 2015: Ron Siwik (RTW 2008) is selling his Bonanza tip tanks.

August 19, 2015: Heinz Peier is selling several items (Iridium phone, rescue Suit, etc).

August 11, 2015: I am looking for a pilot interested in joining me on a round- the-world trip by a two-engine plane

June 20, 2014; From Wolf Shroen: We still have 5 x 55-gal drums of Avgas for sale in Adak. Any interested parties can email me at wolf_schroen(at)

January 14, 2014: Looking to buy or rent ferry tank or 'Dolly Paton' tanks with 120+ gallon capacity for Beechcraft Bonanza (A36).
Please contact by email:
Indiana, USA
Cell: 317.809.4229


Flying 7 Continents Solo Flying 7 Continents Solo by Harry R. Anderson





POLAR FIRST by Jennifer Murray

GREAT CIRCLE, The World Eastbound by Stephan and Nicolas Perren

The new FAI Circumnavigator Badge.
Have you applied for your Badge yet ???

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And list of holders


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It records the pilots and their aircraft in chronological order,
and aims to inspire others who have similar flying dreams.
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August 26 , 2016:
Congratulations to Joe McMillen for the succesful completion of his "first" RTW. He flew a Cirrus SR22T from San Diego to San Diego (May 9th to August 24th).

August 19 , 2016:
Many thanks to Harry R. Anderson for pointing out this new RTW, in what is probably the smallest Amateur-built aircraft, a KR2, G-BYLP.
Pilot is Colin Hales from the UK and is presently in Anadyr, Siberia.
Gool luck and fair weather all along.

August 10 , 2016:
From Saki Chen, aka Jingxian Chen, 31, the first female Chinese pilot: "Forgot to update you that we have launched our trip on 8/1 and arrived in Paris already. Below is the link that u can trace our flight."

July 26 , 2016:
Congratulations to Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg for the suceessful completion of their solar powered RTW with their Solar Impulse, the first Round-the-World solar flight in history. They landed in Abu Dhabi at 12,05 UTC.

July 26 , 2016:
From Maureen Schraub: Dr. Bo Zhang will depart from Beijing on August 7th, 2016 for his solo RTW in a TBM 700.
Wishing him fair weather and helping winds.

July 24 , 2016:
Congratulations to Adam Broome of Chapel Hill for the completion of his RTW in his Beechcraft Bonanza A36, N5831R (31Romeo). He departed Durham, NC on April 25, 2016 on an Eastbound RTW and landed back home on July 21, 2016.
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July 23 , 2016:
Congratulations to Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov for the successful completion of his solo RTW in a Cameron Rosiere Balloon. He beats the 14 year old record set by Steve Fossett in a similar balloon by one day. Fedor has to cross life threateneing thunderstorms and the southern Jet Stream took him as low as 61°S with temperatures of -50°C. It is a miracle of precision in the forecast of the Jet Stream and upper winds that took him exactly where he took off 11 days earlier, overflying the Northam airfield (YNTM) in Western Australia. He landed at the confines of the Western Australia Wheat Belt near the town of Bonnie Rock (S30° 33', E118° 18') at 0820 UTC.
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There are excellent views of the landing on You Tube (Simply type: "Konyukhov".).

July 18 , 2016:
Great news from our host in PNG, Bob Bates:
"PNG Visas can again be obtained on arrival for Australians passport holders and there is no longer a requirement to obtain them in advance. They are now issued on arrival in Port Moresby at no cost."

July 15 , 2016:
Fedor Konyukhov is going well,. He is now in the southern Jet Stream and and passed north of New Zealand in his attempt to beat Steve Fossett's record solo around the world in a Rosiere Balloon. He is today (at 11.00 UTC) at 178° East and doing a ground speed of 162 km/h (87 knots).
Follow Fedor's track here

July 12 , 2016:
A huge crowd saw Fedor Konyukhov take off from Northam, Western Australia, in his attempt to fly solo around the world in a Rosiere balloon. Present were Earthrounders Dick Smith and Claude Meunier.
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July 11 , 2016:
Saki Chen, aka Jingxian Chen, 31, the first female Chinese pilot, planning to launch a historic RTW journey from Cleveland, Ohio, USA on July 30, 2016. She will fly a Bonanza A36 with the owner, Richard Rohl and his father Lawrence Rohl (both pilots/aircraft owners) who generously lend her the plane and will participate in this historic trip as both safety pilots and passengers. Saki plans to take the eastbound route and land in her motherland, China, halfway around the World.

July 4 , 2016:
Australian teenage pilot Lachlan Smart is ready to start his RTW from Queensland in a Cirrus VH-IBC.

June 29 , 2016:
Lola Odujinrin departed from Washington DC on June 23th, 2016 for his solo RTW in a Cirrus SR22, N313CD.
He can be followed on Spider Track here
and on You Tube
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June 17 , 2016:
Russian adventurer and records holder Fedor Konyukhov and his team are putting the last touches for his attempt to break Steve Fossett's solo non-stop balloon flight around the world.
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June 17 , 2016:
Ademilola (Lola) Odujinrin announces his departure on July 23d, 2016 from Lagos, Nigeria in a Cirrus SR22, N313CD, for a solo RTW.

June 13 , 2016:
Joe McMillen announces his departure from San Diego on May 9th in his Cirrus SR22T, N8837Z.
He is now in Thailand with ignition harness problems.
Wishing him and his "First Officer", Jose Romero good luck and fair weather.

June 10 , 2016:
Warm thanks to Bill Charney for photos of Hans Gutmann's monument in Northern Italy, at the site of the accident.
More photos of the monument

June 10 , 2016:
Congratulations to Rep. Steve Pearce for the completion of his solo RTV in a single engine aircraft. He departed Nevada on March 22d and finished on May 30th after a break in Congress.
He dedicated the mission to the memory of war veterans.
Thank you to Megan Wells for the information.

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June 4 , 2016:
Fedor Konyukhov and his team are in Northam, Western Australia, getting ready for Fedor'a attempt to fly non-stop around the World in a Rosiere balloon.
Photo: Fedor Konyukhov with Claude Meunier.
Photo by Oscar Konyukhov.
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May 17 , 2016:
British aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor and crew member Ewald Gritsch escaped unhurt when her Stearman, The Spirit of Artemis crashed shortly after take off from Winslow Arizona last week. This is a serious set back for her attempt to fly solo around the world.

May 14 , 2016:
Maximilian Lassacher will fly his Falconar F12 A Cruiser, WunderBird from New York to Austria and then "continue".
His aircraft will probably be the first aircraft fitted with a Mazda engine to fly around the world!
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May 6 , 2016:
Adam Broome of Capel Hill, NC departed Durham,NC on April 25, 2016 on an Eastbound RTW and is now in Iceland, He flies a Beechcraft Bonanza A36, N5831R (31Romeo).

May 5 , 2016:
Thank you to Bob Bates and Bill Finlen for letting us know of Adrian A. Eichhorn's RTW. He flies a restored 1962 P Beechcraft Bonaza N1733G, with tip tanks. Adrian departed Manassas VA, on April 10 and was in Sri Lanka on May 5.

April 26 , 2016:
Congratulations to Michel Gordillo for the succesful completion of the first part of his third RTW. He started on February 19 and has landed in Madrid Cuatros Vientos.

April 25 , 2016:
In a RTW with a difference, Swiss Earthrounder Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in their solar-powered aeroplane Solar Impulse2 have crossed the Pacific Ocean.
They took off form Abu Dhabi (Al Bateen Executive Airport, AZI/OMAD) in the United Arab Emirates on March 9, 2015 and have just landed in California.

April 22 , 2016:
Congratulations to Matevz Lenarcic for the successful completion of his third RTW.
He departed Portoroz, Slovenia and landed back there today at 09:19 UTC.
You have a well deserved rest !!
More photos by Veronica Baird and Helmut Lehner
Photo of F_JAKG by Petra Draskovic Pelc

April 21 , 2016:
It is with great pain that we just received news of the fatal accident which took the life of Mikhail Farikh and 2 others. They were flying a Robinson 66 helicopter in the Arcticas part of an expedition to find remains of the vessel "Svyatya Anna", which disappeared in 1912.
Mikhail flew around the World in his R66 in 2013.
Our most sincere condolances to his family and friends.
With thanks to Sergey Terekhin for sending the sad news.
Also thanks to Roland Hurticant for this link: The Independent Barents Observer

March 26 , 2016:
Thank you to Jorge Cornish for sending photos of Michel Gordillo's arrival in Mexico.
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March 12 , 2016:
From Matevz Lenarcic: I would just like to inform you that will try to fly another solo RTW in ultralight Dynamic WT9, starting March 21st this year. West bound, northern hemisphere.
Black carbon research from previous 2012 RTW and North pole 2013 was very interesting so our GreenLight WorldFlight team decided for continuation 2016-2020.
More info on:
Best wishes!

March 9 , 2016:
Debasish Banerjee is announcing his departure from North Carolina on May 15, 2016 for an Eastbound RTW in his C182.
Best wishes.

March 3 , 2016:
Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov's attempt to beat Steve Fossett's record solo balloon flight around the World took a step forward today when Flight Coordinator, Alan Noble, visited the Northam airfield and its facilities.
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March 2 , 2016:
From Wilfred Taylor:I am saddened to report that Donald P Taylor (1st homebuilt and 1st class C1b around the world), passed away on 2 December 2015 in Las Cruces NM.
Don Taylor flew solo in 1976 in his T18, Victoria 76, N455T.
Our sincere condolences to his family.
Full size photo of Don Taylor and Obituary
Don's T18 in the EAA Museum.

February 24 , 2016:
Allie and Phil Dunnington are announcing their departure in May 2016, from the UK in a Beech 18 "Betty", G-BKGM, for a 3 years flight around the World, project "On the Beech".
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February 22 , 2016:
Michel Gordillo has departed San Javier, Spain on February 19, 2016 for his Polar RTW in his RV8, EC-XLL and is now in Dakar, Senegal.

February 8, 2016:
From Marco Cavallaro: I want to fly around the world in a Beech 18 (twin Beech), trying to get one for this summer, if interested contact my mail or call Marco Cavallaro 210 316 3347, if no answer leave word, I am flying ,will get back to you.

February 8, 2016:
Happy New Year of the Monkey

February 1, 2016: Another very successful 'mini-Earthrounders' Meeting, mainly skyiing and telling flying tall stories at the Pederesen's chalet in Chambery, Switzerland. Their charming and warm hospitality is well known.
At a time, their were 12 RTW present...
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January 22, 2016: From Tony Xue of Uaero China: The first Chinese RTW (Beijing to Beijing) will depart in June 2016 with Capt. Bo Zhang, Ph.D. (University of Illinois) as PIC. The aircraft was thought to be a DA42 but may be changed to a TBM700. Crew and route have not been finalised.
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