Pilot(s) name(s) First name: Jack Surname: LONG Nationality: USA
First name: Josh Surname: Marvil Nationality: USA
First name: Giuseppe Surname: Caltabiano Nationality: Italy
Other people who may have flown part of the journey: First name: Carloyn Surname: Long Leg(s) flown: KJAC-CYXE-CYFB-BIKF-EGNT-EKVG-BIAR-BGJN-CYFB-KDLH-KAUS-KPWM-CYYT-LPAZ-GVNP-SBSG-SBGR-SAZM-SCCI-SAZS-SCEL-SPJC-MRLB-KAUS.
Other people who may have flown part of the journey: First name: Becky Surname: Marvil Leg(s) flown: KJAC-CYXE-CYFB-BIKF-EGNT-EKVG-BIAR-BGJN-CYFB-KDLH-KAUS-KPWM-CYYT-LPAZ-GVNP-SBSG-SBGR-SAZM-SCCI-SAZS-SCEL-SPJC-MRLB-KAUS-KJAC
Other people who may have flown part of the journey: First name: Jerry Surname: Seckler Leg(s) flown: SCCI-SCRM-SCRM-SCCI
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon.): Single Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Pilatus Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): PC-12.45 Type: (i.e. A35): PC-12/45 Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Registration: N575PC Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Polar How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? North: Greenland/Iceland and Azores/Cape Verde (crossed the Atlantic twice) How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? N/A (not required for Polar trip) Date of departure: 8/11.2017 Point of departure: KJAC Date of return to point of departure: 1/26/2017 Point of return: KJAC Duration: (days): 34 calendar days (not continuous) and 24 flying days Duration: (flying hours): 144.1 hours Distance flown: 33,281 NM
How many overnight stops did you make? : 20 How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : 8 How many countries did you visit?: 15
Overflew the 75N control point on the BIAR-BGJN leg, the eastern most equatorial crossing (8.5 E) on the DGAA-DGAA round-robin, 75S on the SCRM-SCRM round-robin, and western most equatorial crossing (82.5 W) on the SPJC-MRLB leg.
Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : HF radio, VHF radio, sat phone, sat messaging (Garmin inReach Explorer) Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? , Garmin inReach Explorer. Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : None If not, which company did you use?: Universal Aviation Which insurance company did you use? : Berkley Aviation/StarNet Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : Canada Which was the most difficult? : Argentina Which was the best airport you landed at? : Teniente R. Marsh Airport (SCRM), King George Island, Antarctica (best as in most interesting, not easiest) Which was the worst? : Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : FAI Circumnavigator Diploma #23 Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : Yes, hoping to be the first team to ever be awarded the Polar Circumnavigator diploma. Did you create a Website of your RTW? If so, what is the URL? Yes, longwaydown2017.com
General remarks about your flight:
An extraordinary experience, especially the Antarctica flight. After completing a 2015 eastbound RTW flight, much of this flight was familiar except for Antarctica which is truly an otherworldly experience.
Advice to other pilots:
Flying to Antarctica requires a deep obsession and a lot of money (unless you can tanker enough fuel to avoid needing to refuel in Antartica) and time. We needed the permission of five different governmental agencies (three US, two Chile) which required many months of work and many pages of documentation.
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Database Flight Number: 614
Last update: May 24, 2021
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