Pilot(s) name(s) First name: Bill Surname: FINLEN Nationality: Australia
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon.): Single Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Bechcraft Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Bonanza V35B Vtail Type: (i.e. A35): Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Registration: VH-TYE Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Westbound How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? Centre(Ivory Coast to Recife) How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? Centre (San Diego to Hilo) Date of departure: 1/4/2002 Point of departure: Archefield, Brisbane, Australia Date of return to point of departure: 24/5/2002 Point of return: Archefield Duration: (days): 54 days Duration: (flying hours): 180.5 hours Distance flown: 26,097 NM How many overnight stops did you make? : 20 How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : NIL How many countries did you visit?: 13 Itinerary:
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Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : HF Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? Yes, whatever my Garmin 430 received Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : Mostly myself If not, which company did you use?: Some guy by the Channel Islands. Cannot remember. Which insurance company did you use? : Liability by AON Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : USA Which was the most difficult? : Central African Republic Which was the best airport you landed at? : Archefield. Most were a nightmare, others ordinary. I likes Havana. Which was the worst? : Bangui Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? :No/ Yes. Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : Yes: Brisbane to Pert. Australian and World record impractice for ATW Did you create a Website of your RTW? If so, what is the URL? www.airsafaris.com.au/Bills Big Flights
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Last update: May 23, 2021
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