Pilot(s) name(s) First name: Jay Surname: Merten Nationality: USA
Other crew/passengers who completed the full circumnavigation:
First name: Smith Surname: Sandi Nationality: USA
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon.) Single Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Piper Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Malibu Type: (i.e. A35): PA46 Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Registration: N313JM Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Eastbound How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? Date of departure: 7/1/95 Point of departure: Dallas TX Date of return to point of departure: 9/21/95 Point of return: Dallas TX Duration: (days): 86 Duration: (flying hours): 147:23 Distance flown: 25,303 NM
How many overnight stops did you make? : 27 How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : 0 How many countries did you visit (count only where overnighted)? : 19
Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : HF Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : No If not, which company did you use?: Jeppesen Data Plan Which insurance company did you use? : None, self Insured Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : Europe
Which was the most difficult? : Ethiopia, (grond nav not working, no VOR signal, ATC not responding. Which was the best airport you landed at? : AGGH, Honiara, Solomon Islands, nicest. VTCC Chiang Mai, Newest at the time. Which was the worst? : Katmandu VNKT, Nepal, for the difficult approach in moosoonal weather, VIDP, Delhi, India for the paper work hassles. Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : No 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://www.sandismith.com/trip.htm
General remarks about your flight:
In conjonction with volonter work in Kenya and Mombassa as well as time for being tourists. No intention of records setting: just a personal goal.
Advice to other pilots:
Plan for as many contengencies and redundancies as you can think of. Take time to enjoy the countries and rest.
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Database Flight Number: 143
Last update: May 25, 2021
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