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Welcome to Earthrounders.com
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 26 , 2016:
Congratulations to Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg for the suceessful completion of their solar powered RTW with their Solar Impulse, the first 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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). www.GreatCircleFlyers.com
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.
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: www.worldgreenflight.com
March 9 , 2016:
Debasish Banerjee is announcing his departure from North Carolina on May 15, 2016 for an Eastbound RTW in his C182.
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.
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".
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...
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.
December 10, 2015: Our host in PNG in 2016, Bob Bates, revisited Claude Meunier in Western Australia to pick up his C182, P2-HFC and the Earthrounders' flag.
Passing the Earthrounders' flag. A similar 'ceremony' took place on the same spot on September 28, 2012, handling the flag to Sergey Terekhin, our host in Saint Petersbug in 2014.
December 6, 2015: Embry-Riddle alumna and graduate student Shaesta Waiz as announced her departure on June 2, 2016, for her 33-city, 19-country, five-continent worldwide solo flight. She intends to be the youngest female to fly solo around the World.
For more information on Dreams Soar, visit:
December 4 , 2015: Earthrounders.com wishes a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all Earthrounders, their families and friends and all Earthrounders-to-be.
Happy landings, blue skies, Peace on Earth, tail winds and all this kind of good things....
Hope we can all meet again, this time in PNG....
Art Mortvedt is exhibiting his famous C185 flying lab Polar Pumpkin in a musem in an effort to foster interest in future aviators and explorers.
"All Earthrounders have remarquable aircrafts and they should use them to help teach young people."
November 20, 2015: Congratulations to Michael Smith for the completion of his RTW in a Seary amphibian (Experimental), Southern Sun.
First Solo Amphibian and First Solo Flying Boat circumnavigation.
April 12 to November 14, 2015, West bound from Melbourne, Australia.
The story of the flight on his blog: www.southernsun.voyage
The Searey over Greenland. Larger photo:
November 18, 2015: Harry R. Anderson is announcing the publishing of his book: "Flying 7 Continents Solo ".
Details on the "Books" page.
November 11, 2015: Bruce Andrews wants to buy a 160 gallon Turtle-Pac tank.
Full details on the messages page
September 24, 2015: Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov will attempt to beat Steve Fossett's record solo balloon flight around the World. He hopes to start and finish his ballooning attempt from Northam in Western Australia. Northam was the starting point for Steve Fossett in 2002 and more recently hosted the Australian National Hot Air Balloon Championships.
September 1, 2015: Congratulations to Robert DeLaurentis for the successful completion of his solo RTW with his Malibu Mirage N997MA.
Last update: July 11, 2016