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FORM FOR CONFIRMATION OF ROUND THE WORLD FLIGHTS





Pilot(s) name(s)
First name: Calle
Surname: Hedberg
Nationality: Norwegian
Crew or Solo: Solo

Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon.) Single
Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): SA Ravin (South African kit manufacturer)
Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Ravin 500 (kit, factory assembled)
Type: (i.e. A35): Two codes exist: RAV5 and X274
Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Troll Air
Registration: ZU-XML (South Africa)
Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Westbound
How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? North
How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? South
Date of departure: 14th, July 2013
Point of departure: Cape Town, South Africa
Date of return to point of departure:1st June 2014
Point of return: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: (days): 280 days
Duration: (flying hours): 385 hours
Distance flown: 54,680NM

How many overnight stops did you make? : 280
How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : None
How many countries did you visit (count only where overnighted)? : 30

Itinarary: South Africa, Up west coat of Africa to Gibraltar, Through Europe to Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, US, Alaska, US, Caribbean, Brazil, Argentina, Flaklands Islands, Argentina, Chile, Easter island, Tahiti, Rarotonga, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Sri lanka, Maldives, Seycelles, Mozambique, South Africa

Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : HF Radio, Iridium Sat phone, VHF Radio
Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? Yes, Indigosat. One with direct web upload.
Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : I did a few myself, like Namibia, Norway, Canada, US, and Brazil.
If not, which company did you use?: White Rose for all others.
Which insurance company did you use? : American Insurance Group (AIG), About US$ 12,000 for 12 months, with >6 Mill US$ third party and US$300,000 hul linsurance.
Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : Almost all were easy.
Which was the most difficult? : Falklands Islands, -in the end, I made it there by flyingfrom/to Argentinian airports using "domestic" flights plans...
Which was the best airport you landed at? : San Marcos in Texas- I got 140 gallons od fuel for $1 per gallon! (special deal). Excellent FBO.
Which was the worst? : None were really bad, but the Handler Aerogem in Accra was a rip-off at US$950 for US$100 worth of work...
Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : Have not. Were not aware of it.
Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : I have no idea. Identifying, setting or breaking records was not part of my holiday agenda.
Did you create a Website of your RTW? If so, what is the URL? No, but ran two blogs, one on facebook (See"Calle Hedberg, Cape Town") and one "on www.avom.co.za" -->General Aviation -->Topic:Troll Round the Word 1-2-3-4-zoom

General remarks about your flight:
Great flight, wonderful scenery,and wondeful people.


Advice to other pilots:
1. Use an experience company like White Rose Aviation to handle overflight and landing permits.
2. Test you HF installation (using upper side band-USB) thoroughly before departing- the satphone is still mainly regarded as a backup in most FIRs.
3. Install a sat tracker AND an ELT, plus a PLB for ditching.
4. Use continuous wear survival suit and life jackets for ocean crossings.
5. Foreflight (US and canada), Air nav Pro (South America), OzRunways (Oz and NZ + Southern Africa) are good alternatives to Jeppesen Trip Kits for IFR flying.
6. Pocket FMS are OK for VFR flying globally, and can provide IFR plates, etc. for Europe.
7. A high quality 0-200 NM stormscope like Avidyne TWX670 is highly recommended, almost a necessity.



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Last update: May 24, 2021
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