Pilot(s) name(s) First name: Harry Surname: Anderson Nationality: USA
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon…) Single Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Lancair Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Columbia Type: (i.e. A35): 300 Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Registration: N788W Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Eastbound How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? North How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? Centre Date of departure: June 27, 2011 Point of departure: Bremerton WA, KPWT Date of return to point of departure: December 8, 2011 Point of return: Bremerton WA, KPWT Duration: (days): 164 days Duration: (flying hours): 162.2 hours Distance flown: 23 970 NM
How many overnight stops did you make? : 28 How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : 1 How many countries did you visit (count only where overnighted)? : 16 Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? :
VHF, HF, Satphone Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? :
I obtained part of them myself, the rest through a thirf party company. If not, which company did you use?: Skyplan Ltd in canada. Which insurance company did you use? : StarNet Insurance Company Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : USA Which was the most difficult? : India Which was the best airport you landed at? : Outside the UR: Gloucester, UK, (EGBJ).
The most GA-friendly of the airports I visited outside the US. Overall best Bremerton, WA (KPWT). Long runway,
multiple approaches, easy ramp access, selfserve fuel, restaurant on the field, lots of transient parking. Which was the worst? : Nagpur India. Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : Not yet, I will be doing so. Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : No Did you create a Website of your RTW? If so, what is the URL? http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/hpeier12/1/1328346727/tpod.html
General remarks about your flight:
The trip was exciting and challenging, with no major mishaps, but arranging basic travel logistics
(hotels, transport to and from, tours and excursions, etc.) which I did myself can be a lot of work. By comparison, the flight arrangements
were generally straightforward with the help of Skyplan for permits and arranging handlers in the more difficult places.
Advice to other pilots:
: Check and reserve avgas ahead of time for Pacific islands and places like India.
Stay away from large international airports which are expensive and generally don’t welcome light aircraft.
Instead, go to medium/small size airport towns with avgas. For an RTW trip like mine, budget a total of
approximately US$40,000 (half of which is fuel) and 2-3 months. Take US$ cash (newer currency) needed
to buy avgas in barrels in many places. A notebook computer with WiFi (or at least an iPAD) is essential
and line up your list of weather websites beforehand. Obtaining weather from local Met offices is not
better than you can find yourself on the internet. In planning your route, contact ferry pilots, local pilots and others who have flown
your basic route – they will have valuable knowledge about local conditions and restrictions, where to go and what to avoid.
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Database Flight Number: 527
Last update: May 22, 2021
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