Pilot(s) name(s) First name: David Surname: McElroy Nationality: Canada
Other crew/passengers who completed the full circumnavigation:
First name: Chris Surname: Elgar Nationality:
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon) Single Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Piper Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Comanche Type: (i.e. A35): Comanche 180 Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Registration: C-FYHU 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: May 12th, 2014 Point of departure: Toronto Canada CYTZ Date of return to point of departure: July 29, 2014 Point of return: Toronto Canada CYTZ Duration: (days): 80 Duration: (flying hours): 235 Distance flown: 30 405 NM
How many overnight stops did you make? : 49 How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : None How many countries did you visit (count only where overnighted)? : 29
Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : VHF, HF, Sat Phone, Delorme tracking Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? Yes, delorme in Reach Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : Only part of them If not, which company did you use?: White Rose Aviation, UK Which insurance company did you use? : Fred Black Insurance, Nairobi, Kenia Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : Europe, USA, canada Which was the most difficult? : India Which was the best airport you landed at? : Which was the worst? : Kristmas Island Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : Maybe Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : We don't think so Did you create a Website about your flight? If so, what is the URL? http://www.flyrtw80.com/
General remarks about your flight:
AMAZINGLY THIS 54 YEAR OLD AIRCRAFT HAS ZERO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. 93% OF THE FLIGHTS WERE VFR CONDITIONS INCLUDING 3 ATLANTIC CROSSINGS. OUR RTW STARTED IN TORONTO BUT STARTED AGAIN IN PERTH SCOTLAND EN ROUTE. WHEN WE FINISHED IN TORONTO ON JULY 29TH WE HAD TO FLY ACROSS THE ATLANTIC AGAIN TO FINISH THE SCOTTISH RTW.
Advice to other pilots:
PLANNING AND PREPARATION ARE THE KEY TO SUCCESS. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A REAL GOOD HANDLER. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SAT PHONE AS H.F. IS NOT RELIABLE. NEVER LET ANYONE TAKE YOUR PASSPORT, WHERE YOUR PASSPORT GOES YOU GO ALSO. CARRY AT US$30,000 IN CASH. DONT PAY BRIBES AND DONT GET HOSTILE. PATIENTS IS A VIRTUE.
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Database Flight Number: 558
Last update: May 24, 2021
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