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The 10th Earthrounders Meeting will take place in Zhengzhou, Province of Henan, China, during the Zhengzhou annual AirShow.
We are invited by the Air Show organisers, thanks to the negociations of our host, Earthrounder Wei Chen .
The Air Show will be run from
April 26 to May 1, 2018.

Preliminary Notes

News Letter N°1

News Letter N°2


Karl-Heinz Zahorsky and Karl Karbach started their 'Round-the-World' flight 28th July 2017 from Kiel (EDHK) Germany with Piper Malibu N662TC.
Colin Hales is flying a KR2 (probably the smallest amateur-built aircraft around the World) and is now in Japan after incredible adventures crossing Russia. They will be published shortly in the UK Pilot Magazine.
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. Currently in India.
Shaestra Wais is flying a A36 Bonanza around the World on a solo flight.


Brian Lloyd completed of his RTW in N916BL, Spirit, landing in Kestrel Airpark, TX, 1T7, also completed the flight commemorating the 80th Anniversary of Amelia Earhart historic last flight, landing in Oackland, CA.

Ademilola (Lola) Odujinrin is flying a Cirrus SR22, N313CD, landed on March 29, 2017 at Dulles Airport Washington DC, completing his solo RTW

Michel Gordillo departed San Javiern on February 19. He flew over the North Pole a few days ago. /
He landed in Madrid at the end of his second polar flight in his RV8 EC-XLL, on Decemebre 15, 2016

Cptain Hank Chen, pilot and Gary Tat, aircraft engineer, departed Hon Kong on August 28 in his RV8 B-K00, Inspiration, the very first amateur-built aircraft registered inHong Kong.
They landed back in Hong Kong on November 12, 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.
He landed on September 24, 2016.

Saki Chen, aka Jingxian Chen, 31, left Cleveland, Ohio, USA on August 1, 2016 flying a Bonanza A36 N19MT, with the owner, Richard Rohl and his father Lawrence Rohl.
She landed in Cleveland on September 27, 2016.

Lachlan Smart has completed his RTW from Queensland in a Cirrus VH-IBC.
He is now the youngest pilot around the World at 18 years ans 21 days of age.

Joe McMillen, in a Cirrus SR22T departed San Diego on May 9th.
Completed on August 24th.

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.
Flights being undertaken over several years

Bill Charney (Beech Staggerwing)

FUTURE RTW 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
http://www.WingsAroundTheWorld.INFO 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.
Colin Hales accidented in Japan, after suffering an engine failure.

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 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


First recipient of the Earthrounders Gold Star Award for Web Site excellence.
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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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Brian Lloyd's Mooney M20K, N916BL
Hamilton Airport, NZ, July 2017

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September 17, 2017:
From Heinz Peier:
The old travelled website is closed for good and I transferred the Blog with Pictures to the new site which is an archive of my original blog and I would like to make it available to the Earthrounder family:

August 30, 2017:

New information on flying through Japan

August 30, 2017:
From Ravinder Bansal:
I have completed my RTW in my Cessna 400 on August 20, 2017 and like to sell the following items that I no longer need:
1. Winslow life raft
2. 1-2 person land/water survival kit
3. 120 liter drum turtlepac and 12 volt pump
4. Irridium satellite phone

All these items were purchased new seven weeks ago and are in almost new condition. If interested please contact me at or on my cell phone (716) 866-0629

Photos and details

August 22, 2017:
Sincere congratulations to Ravinder Bansal for the completion of his solo RTW. He landed in Buffalo (NY) on August 20th.
His words:
Dream fulfilled, back home, Buffalo, NY!
It has been a dream of mine for years to do this Round the World trip. I am finding it hard to believe that I have done it and come back home safely. I have lots of people to thank for helping me fulfill my dream. First and foremost is the unflinching support of my family, my wife Pratibha, my sons Rohan and Nitin, my brothers, sister and their families.Thank you, and Thank you all for helping make my dream come true. I love you all very much.
No more flying for me for a while, got to catch up on drumming, golfing and drinking!

August 13, 2017:
Ravinder Bansal:
Finally I am out of Malaysia and past the Philippines. Now in Okinawa, waiting for permits for domestic flights in Japan. Progressing slowly but steadily. Hoping to make it back home to USA soon!
Go to my blog at; for details.

August 11, 2017:
Air Journey is leading a gaggle of 6 US and Canadian aircraft around the World. They are near Mount Hagen in PNG:
N420CH - Cessna C525B
N510CZ - Cessna C525B
CGRRD - Cessna C510
N12DZ - Pilatus PC12
N924CJ - Socata TBM700
With thanks to BB for the information.

August 6, 2017:
Karl-Heinz Zahorsky, in their Malibu N662TC writes from Colombo, Sri Lanka, mentionning that Avgas is only available in drums and has to be paid in cash in: AL AIN in UAE, MUSCAT in OMAN, COLOMBO in SRI LANKA.

August 3, 2017:
Sincere congratulations to Brian Lloyd for the successful completion of his RTW in N916BL, Spirit, landing in Kestrel Airpark, TX, 1T7. Brian also completed the flight commemorating the 80th Anniversary of Amelia Earhart historic last flight, landing in Oackland, CA.

July 27, 2017:
From Karl-Heinz Zahorsky:
Karl-Heinz Zahorsky and Karl Karbach will be starting their 'Round-the-World' flight 28th July 2017 from Kiel (EDHK) Germany with Piper Malibu N662TC. This flight will go East and also have a special 3 day stop-over in SriLanka where Karl-Heinz Zahorsky's software development company LaserSoft Imaging is supporting a children's home for deaf children.

July 20, 2017:
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, 2017:
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 today July 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 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, 2017:
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
Houston, Texas

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.

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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:
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May 24, 2017:
From Wei Chen, our host in China:
The 10th Earthrounders meeting will take place in Zhengzhou, Province of Henan, China, during the Zhengzhou annual AirShow.
We are invited by the Air Show organisers, thanks to the negociations of our host, Earthrounder Wei Chen .
The Air Show will be run from April 26 to May 1, 2018.

Preliminary notes

The Shaolin Temple, Zhengzhou
May 14, 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".
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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.
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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.
Price: $30,000
Wilfred Tashima
Cell: 808 286-2643.
Tel: 808 373-4914

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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.
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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:

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.
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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.
Details here

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:

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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.

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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'
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January 28, 2017:
年快乐 州
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...
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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:

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"
Many thanks,
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.
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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.
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