Pilot(s) name(s) First name: Paul Surname: Moyle Nationality: Wales/UK
Other crew/passengers who completed the full circumnavigation:
First name: Victoria Surname: Weller Nationality: UK Leg(s) flown: Bristol to Auckland
First name: Barr Surname: McCutcheon Nationality: UK Leg(s) flown: Samoa-Santa Monica-Nuuk
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon.) Single Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Piper Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Saratoga Type: (i.e. A35): PA32 Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Merl's Flight Registration: N515SC (Bristol to Nuuk) and G-KNCG (Nuuk to Bristol) Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): East 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: 27/4/2007 Point of departure: Bristol, Filton Date of return to point of departure: 29/7/2014 Point of return: Bristol Lulsgate (Bristol Fulton closed 2 years previously) Duration: (days): 465 Duration: (flying hours): 278 Distance flown: 31 188
Itinerary: First part (with N515SC):
Bristol Filton-Guernsey-Limoges-Cannes-Lucca-Roma Campino-Pescara-Corfu-Kos-Paphos-Marka Amman-Kuwait city-Dubai-Fujeira-Karachi-Ahmedbad-Jaipur-Lucknow-Calcutta-Chittagong-Chang Mai-Don Muang- Bangkok-Phuket-Krabi-Koh Samui-Subang-Jakarta-Bali-Kupang Timor-Darwin-Broome-RAAF Learmouth-Carnarvon-Shark Bay-Geraldton-Jandacot Perth-Northam-Karlgoorlie-Ayers Rock-Coober Bedy-Parrafield airfield Adelaide, Essendon Melbourne, Mansfield Airfield-Moruya airport-Bankstown Sydney-Ballina-Coffs Harbour-Lord Howe Island-Norfolk Island-Kerikeri NZ-Ardmore-Northshore-Auckland Int-Tonga-Pago Pago Amerian Samoa-Apia Western Samoa-Xmas Island Keribati-Honolulu USA-Santa Monica-Rawlings-Duluth-Quebec City-Goose Bay-Nuuk
Seconf part (with G-KNCG): Nuuk-Kulusuk-Reykjavik-Egilstaddir-Stornoway-Bristol Lulusgate
How many overnight stops did you make? : 64 How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : 6 How many countries did you visit (count only where overnighted)? : 30 Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : HF and VHF Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? None Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : Yes and a company If not, which company did you use?: White Rose Aviation Which insurance company did you use? : Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : Australia, USA, Europe Which was the most difficult? : Indiabr>
Which was the best airport you landed at? : Lord Howe island Which was the worst? : Ahmedabad/Calcutta Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : No, not possible to the recent criteria change Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : First Welshman and first to complete in 2 aircrafts. Did you create a Website of your RTW? If so, what is the URL?
General remarks about your flight:
The flight is one of extremes, very simple in places and hugely demanding in others. The ease of which one can fly through Europe, USA & Australasia is the absolute opposite in the likes of India, Pakistan and a few others in Asia. It has been by far the most satisfying experience of my flying life.
Advice to other pilots:
I could probably take up a few pages here but i`ll start with fuel-avgas-its becoming ever more difficult & expensive to obtain, the pacific and Asian subcontinent, Greenland & Iceland, you will need to ensure that supplies will be available well in advance. Take US dollars & visa-fuel cards help in some of these far flung places but dollars are your back-up. Ipads or similar device are essential, there are some superb services-local Met and planning around the world and I would advise you avail yourself of them-whilst still having your own backup online. Had great clearance support from White rose aviation. It can get very expensive at some of the major airports, always look outside the box at the near alternatives you’d be surprised how much cheaper they are. Never be astounded at just how the red tape in India & Pakistan, it will demoralize you, it is on a monumental level compared to the rest of the world, but you`ll get through it!!
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Database Flight Number: 559
Last update: May 25, 2021
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