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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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October 20, 2016:
Gone to Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, to the ninth Earthrounders Meeting... see you there...
October 16, 2016:
Miguel Gordillo departed Madrid (Spain) on October 1, 2016 for the second half of his second RTW in his amateur-built RV-8, EC-XLL.This time via the South Pole. He is now in the Maldives Islands (VRMG).
October 14, 2016:
After crossing the Bering Strait, Colin Hales in now in Russia.
Read Colin Hales' letter from Russia.
September 30, 2016:
Congratulations to Jingxian Chen, aka Saki Chen for the successful completion of her RTW on a Bonanza N19MT. She landed at Cleveland CGF on September 27, 2016 where she took off from. With her were Amanda Lincoln, Laurence Rohl and Richard Rohl.
September 26, 2016:
Congratulations to Dr. Bo Zhang for the successful completion of his RTW in a TBM700, N661EK. He landed at Beijing International Airport on September 24th, 2016. He took off from Beijing on August 7, 2016.
September 19 , 2016:
Congratulations to West Palm Beach-based instructor pilot Julie Wang who today landed at Addison, TX to complete her solo RTW begun thirty-four days ago on August 17th. She becomes the first Chinese person to solo RTW in an aircraft and also the first Chinese woman to fly around the world. Her westbound route covered 20,800 NM in 155 flight hours over 17 flight days.
With thanks to Jim Fletcher for the information
Read more here: http://www.eturbonews.com/74793/florida-pilot-completes-record-setting-solo-around-world-flight
Click here for a larger photo
August 31, 2016:
Congratulations to John and Hallin Giddens of Singapore for the successful completion of their Westbound RTW in a TBM900, N755JG, from June 2 to August 17, 2016.
Thanks to Ng Yeow Meng at Wings Over Asia, for the information.
August 30, 2016:
From Adam Broome after visiting Wayne Collins in Mineola, TX :
It was a treat to visit with you yesterday at the Earthrounders Regional Headquarters in Mineola. Thanks for your hospitality! "
August 28, 2016:
Cptain Hank Chen, pilot and Gary Tat, aircraft engineer departed Hong Kong on August 28 in his RV8 B-K00, Inspiration, the very first amateur-built aircraft registered in Hong Kong.
Thanking Mike Grey of White Rose Aviation for the information.
August 27, 2016:
Congratulations to Lachlan Smart for the successful completion of his RTW in a Cirrus VH-IBC. Lachlan is now the youngest solo Earthrounder at 18 years and 21 days of age, beating Matt Guttmiller, the previous record holder for the youngest pilot around the World.
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 9 to August 24).
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 7, 2016:
Dr.Bo Zhang departed Beijing on August 7, 2016, in a TBM700, N661EK for an Easterly RTW. His flight will be the first RTW from and to Beijing.
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 successful 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.
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 23, 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 22 and finished on May 30 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
Last update: Octoiber 20, 2016