Pilot(s) name(s) First name: Rolf Martin Surname: Freiden Nationality: Swiss
Other crew/passengers who completed the full circumnavigation:
First name: Manfred J. Surname: Melloh Nationality: Australia
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon.) Single Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Piper Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Comanche 260C Type: (i.e. A35): PA24 Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Registration: HB-PON Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Eastbound How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? Centre (via the Azores) How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? South Date of departure: June 19, 2009 Point of departure: La Cote Aerodrome (LSGP), Switzerland Date of return to point of departure: July 12, 2009 Point of return: La Cote Aerodrome (LSGP), Switzerland Duration: (days): 109 days in 4 distinct stages Duration: (flying hours): 223 Distance flown: 32 600 NM / 60 375 KM
How many overnight stops did you make? : 56 How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : How many countries did you visit (count only where overnighted)? : Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? :
VHF, HF, Satphone, Amateur radio by HF (HB9AAW/AM) Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : Partly ourselves If not, which company did you use?: FSI (Germany)and Bo Therkildson (Denmark) Which insurance company did you use? : AZA Winterthur, Switzerland Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : European Union Countries Which was the most difficult? : USA (Entry and Exit formalities) Which was the best airport you landed at? : Panama City ( see our blog) Which was the worst? : Leaving Bangor, Maine USA (KBGR), due to a new recently implemented,
very complex exit formalities on the Web,
we lost an entire day due to many bugs in the e-APIS web application and no hot line support during the week-end. Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : We may consider this Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : No Did you create a Website about your flight? If so, what is the URL? http://blog.mailasail.com/comanche.hb-pon
General remarks about your flight:
Impressive, worth while, and certainely unforgetable!
Advice to other pilots:
Do it and take your time to enjoy it!
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Database Flight Number: 372
Last update: May 23, 2021
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