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Earthrounders gather at EAA AirVenture 2000
by Wayne Collins, Mineola, Texas
The first meeting of Earthrounders was held at AirVenture 2000, the brainchild of Hans Gutmann who flew his Glasair around the world in 1996. Flying a light aircraft around the world, whether in a single or a twin engine, is quite a trick and Hans thought it would be great to have a gathering of those who had done it to talk about their adventures. Planes from Austria, Germany, Hawaii, Australia, Sweden, Mexico, Switzerland, Brazil, the United States and other distant lands were on hand, plus there were Earthrounders who arrived at Oshkosh via commercial airways.
All the Bonanzas made their trips around with Dolly Parton tip tanks designed by Frank Haile. These tanks give lift and are more efficient than ferry tanks inside the cabin. Not only is it safer to have the extra fuel outside the cabin, participants in the long 15-hour legs of the flight are more comfortable with the extra room.
Horst told about his ditching in the Pacific. Steve Fosset related his experiences in balloon crossings and his record around-the-world trip in a Citation.
Hans invited all the Earthrounders to a second gathering next year in Vienna. I feel sure that trip will generate a formation of Bonanzas from the USA to Vienna.
This article from the American Bonanza Society Magazine
is reproduced with the permission of American Bonanza Society. http://www.bonanza.org
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