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First name: Brian
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon…): Single
Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Mooney
Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): "231"
Type: (i.e. A35): M20K
Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Spirit
Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Westbound
How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? Center
How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? Center
Date of departure: 31 May 2017
Point of departure: K1T7
Date of return to point of departure: 4 August 2017
Point of return: K1T7
Duration: (days): 66 days
Duration: (flying hours): 220.1 hours
Distance flown: 29,948 NM
How many overnight stops did you make? : 32
How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : 2
How many countries did you visit?: 19
1T7 KFXE TIST TTPP SMJP SBFZ SJCM SBSG SJBX SBSG GOOY FTTJ HSSS OOMS OPKC VECC VGEG VYYY VTBD WSSL WICC YPDN YAYE YBDV YBUD YWVA YSSY NZHN NSTU PHNL PHLI PHMU PHKO KOAK O61 KPRC KGCN KDHT K59 KHYI 1T7
This was Amelia Earhart's route with changes after Darwin (YPDN) until Howland Is. There were intermediate flights for testing after maintenance along the way, also local hops with friends and supporters. Two legs involved RTB after equipment failure (HF and engine). Enroute legs were solo.
Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : HF, satphone (Iridium), Iridium email and SMS
Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? Iridium GPS update to a private server at http://ProjectAmeliaEarhart.org
Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : I obtained clearances for the Americas, Australia, NZ, and the Pacific. I used Mike Gray of White Rose Aviation for Africa and Asia.
If not, which company did you use?: White Rose
Which insurance company did you use? : Starr Aviation
Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : Australia, NZ, Pacific
Which was the most difficult? : Africa, India
Which was the best airport you landed at? : All airports and runways were in good physical condition. Difficulties were administrative/logistical, not physical. NZHN was probably the best/easiest.
Which was the worst? :Kolkata, India. It was an administrative nightmare
Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : Yes
Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : I don't know. First Solo on Amelia Earhart's route maybe.
Did you create a Website of your RTW? If so, what is the URL? http://ProjectAmeliaEarhart.org
General remarks about your flight:
This was one of the most difficult and fulfilling flights I have made in my life. I pushed beyond my own limits to find new reserves I did not think that I had. Crossing the ITCZ is not for the faint of heart. Cross the ITCZ only in daylight and have a good understanding of the structure of thunderstorms so you can navigate around them them safely.
Advice to other pilots:
Be sure your plane is in 100% perfect condition before going. Leave NOTHING to chance. Carry spares. If your plane burns avgas, bring your own fuel pump to pump from barrels.
Carry lots of US dollars. I had $20k and ran short. Getting more cash can be a challenge as well as expensive.
Don't count on finding competent mechanics/technicians along the way. Be prepared to do most of the work on your airplane yourself. If you can't fix your airplane, bring someone who can.
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Database Flight Number: 601
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