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December 28, 2003:
I'll be attempting a special trip round the Earth in 2004".
Watch the progress at: http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com/
Good luck, Steve.
December 27, 2003:
News from Antartica:
is back in South Australia thanks to Polly Vacher's fuel.
is back in Ushuaia, after abandoning the flight to the South Pole.http://www.worldwings.org
and Colin Bodill
are in hospital in the Chilean city of Punta Arenas recovering from Saturday’s accident
on the northern section of the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica.http://www.polarfirst.com
December 18, 2003:
Whilst a surprising number of Earthrounders have gone in search of a Christmas on the ice this year, the rest of us will
probably stay a little warmer. Happy New Year to all!
December 16, 2003:
announces he will be departing on January 5, 2004 for an easterly RTW. His site can be seen at:
December 12, 2003:
After some international slanging and a near impasse that would have left Jon Johanson
's aircraft stranded at McMurdo
base to be shipped back to Australia, Polly Vacher
has come to the rescue. Having abandoned her attempt to fly across the
Frozen Continent, she has sportingly offered that Jon should use some of the cache that she had transported to McMurdo
for her own voyage
December 10, 2003:
There must be a magnet for Earthrounders at the South Pole.
Australian Earthrounder Dick Smith
landed his Jet Ranger at the North Pole in 1987, and a Twin Otter at both Poles in 88/89. English helicopter pilot Quentin Smith
, who co-piloted for Jennifer Murray around the
world in 1999 and flew the chase helicopter to her flight in 2000, was rescued from the icy waters of the Drake Passage near
Smith Island by the Chilean Navy on 27th January 2003. Having flown an R44 to the North Pole in June, Smith and adventurer
Steven Brooks were trying to reach the South Pole to become the first helicopter to land at both Poles.
We are all following Jennifer Murray
and Colin Bodill
's helicopter flight and Polly Vacher
's fixed wing flight to the
South Pole. Both teams have crossed the Drake Passage.
And on Monday 8, December 2003, Australian Earthrounder Jon Johanson
flew over the South Pole in his Amateur Built RV6,
VH-NOJ, becoming the first person ever to fly a fixed wing single engine aircraft solo over the South Pole.
The first solo pilot to fly over both Poles was Elgen Long
Jon did fly over the North Pole in 2000.
Read the press release for full details:
Or visit the EAA site:
December 9, 2003:
Earthrounders Jennifer Murray
and Colin Bodill
have successfully crossed the Drake Passage - first single-engine helicopter to do so
- and are taking advantage of good weather to make as much ground as possible in their bid for the South Pole. Watch their
progress over the next few days on www.polarfirst.com
December 5, 2003:
, who had spent 5 weeks in Ushuaia, Argentina waiting for weather to cross over to Rothera, the British Antarctic Survey
base on the Antarctic Peninsula, attempted to make the historical crossing of the continent on Friday. Four hours into the flight to
McMurdo over the Pole, headwinds forced her to make many recalculations. Sensibly playing safe over this hostile environment,
Polly had to turn back to Rothera. Will she try again? Can she get more Avgas? Stay tuned!
November 22, 2003:
Gérard Moss first crossed paths with Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill in London and then in Marrakesh during his motor-glider
RTW flight in 2001. Now it is Jennifer and Colin on their Polar venture (www.polarfirst.com
), crossing with Gérard and Margi
flying a seaplane round Brazil (www.brasildasaguas.com.br
): the multiple Earthrounders spent amusing evenings together in
Vilhena (wild west of Brazil), Cuiabá in Mato Grosso and again in Rio de Janeiro.
November 19, 2003:
Deja vu World 2004
Dave McCulloch (RTW 1986) announces:
A group is in the planing stage of a RTW for June 2004 westbound ,the group will include several present RTWs, twins and singles.
For details contact David on: email@example.com
November 6, 2003:
of Canada has started his RTW in his Taylorcraft on November 6.
Good luck Hans!
October 30, 2003:
Earthrounder Steve Fossett has lined up his next record-breaking challenge: to beat Rutan and Yeager's unique non-stop,
non-refuelled circumnavigation. Dick Rutan himself laid down the gauntlet at our very first Earthrounders meeting in Oshkosh 2000.
Check it out on: http://www.avweb.com/eletter/archives/avflash/142-full.html#185936
October 25, 2003:
News on ice. Polly Vacher is sitting it out in Punta Arenas (southern Chile), waiting for perfect weather to attempt her
trans-Antarctic flight, and Earthrounders Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill departed New York, also headed for Antactica,
in a bid to become the first to fly a helicopter to both Poles.
October 14, 2003:
Carol Ann Garrat successfuly completed her RTW in her Mooney, arriving on October 12th at 2pm, flying over 25 countries,
36,667 nmiles, 360 flight hour. Sincere congratulations.
October 8, 2003:
John Coale is planning a RTW in a Cessna 210, going East with a departure date set on January 5th. Good luck.
October 7, 2003:
Antonio Feria and Delfim Costa land at Cascais, Portugal, completing their RTW.
Second flight around the World for Antonio. Congratulations to both.
Antonio's site at: http://www.asasdateimosia.com.pt/
Delfim's site at: http://www.aindaalemdataprobana.com.pt
October 1, 2003:
Polly Vacher whizzed through Rio de Janeiro just long enough for dinner with Gérard and Margi Moss before
doggedly continuing south, headed ultimately for Punta Arenas, in southern Chile, where she will wait for perfect weather
for her epic trans-Antarctica flight.
September 26, 2003:
Have received news from Hans Gutmann that Frank and Dorisse Heittlich have successfully
completed their RTW with D-GOMM. Congratulations! Looking forward at having your story Frank.
September 25, 2003:
Borrowing the phrase the epic poem Las Lusíadas
by Luís de Camões:
Está dobrado o Cabo das Tormentas
, Portuguese pilots Antonio Faria e Mello and
Delfim Costa have landed in Santa Barbara after a 16 hour flight from Hilo.
September 16, 2003:
Have received news from Salvatore Tasca
, who flew around the World with a freind in August/October 2002 with a Centurion 210.
Welcome aboard Salvatore. We should have more details soon.
September 11, 2003:
Bob Reiss lands in California after a 13.5 hours flight from Hilo, completing successfully his fourth RTW with his Turbine
Bonanza N9675R. Congratulations Bob!.
Robert Irwin lands in Houston Texas at 3.30 pm Central time with his Baron N100N, successfully completing his first RTW.
Congratulations Robert !
September 10, 2003:
To answer a general request made during the Perth Meeting,
the Site now has a Guest page open to your comments, messages, requests, etc..
Feel free to use it.
(The page has been discontinued due to to spam invasion)
September 7, 2003:
Just came to our knowledge that Gianandrea Caravatti
and Sergio Gallan
completed their RTW in an Aerostar 601P, G-RIGS in March-April 2003. Congratulations and welcome on board. An interresting route.
Details coming soon.
August 26-29, 2003:
The EARTHROUNDERS Meeting in Perth (Western Ausralia) have been a success with 48 pilots and friends from all over the world.
Read Margi Moss' impressions
August 28, 2003:
Congratulations to Reto and Trudy Godly for completing successfully their RTW in a Cessna 185. A visit to their very intertaining
site is a must.
August 24, 2003:
Antonio Faria e Mello
(Bonanza CS-AZI) and Delfim Costa
(Cessna 210 CS-AOD) lands at Northam (YNTM) in Western Australia coming from Port Hedland.
They were welcomed there by the Consul of Portugal and Claude Meunier.
August 23, 2003:
, Bob Reiss
and Hans Gutmann
landed at Northam after some "scud running" from Port Hedland.
Still to come are Frank Hettlich, Antonio Faria and Delfim Costa.
August 12, 2003:
Congratulations to Philipp Sturm and Danielle Rentsch for just
completing their RTW. They landed back in Buochs, Switzerland on a
blistering sunny day where they were met by many friends as well as
Earthrounders HG Schmid and Flemming and Angela Pedersen. Well done!
August 10, 2003:
Antonio Faria e Melo
and Delfim Costa
have started their journey, first to Australia then around the World.
Fair winds and happy landings!
August 9, 2003:
On their way to the Perth Meeting, Hans Gutmann
, Bob Reiss
and Robert Irwin
are now in the Seychelles,
leaving shortly for the Maldives.
August 7, 2003:
And now it's our valiant wheelchair aviator Antonio Faria e Melo
setting off from Lisbon on 9th August for his second flight
RTW in his Bonanza BE33, this time accompanied by Delfim Costa
in a Cessna 210... They are headed for the
Earthrounders meeting in Perth, from where they'll carry on around to close the circle.
August 1, 2003:
2003 is an inspiring year, the situation in Iraq doing nothing to dampen the
spirits of the world's aviators! In October, Manuel Queiroz
will attempt to
beat HG Schmid's speed record in Sub-Class C-1b, in an RV6. No mean feat.
July 31, 2003:
Flemming Pedersen sends this photo of Earthrounders meeting in Oshkosh.
Click here for a larger photo with names
July 28, 2003:
Slovenian pilot Matevz Lenarcic
, whose RTW flight was barred by the Canadian authorities last year when
75% complete, is to try again. More determined than ever, he is set to leave next week (2/08) in a Pipistrel Sinus 912,
a Slovenian-built ultra-light motor glider.
Better luck this time, Matevz!
July 20, 2003:
left San Diego today for the Perth Meeting in his Turbine Bananza N8675R. That will be Bob's 4th RTW.
July 15, 2003:
Earthrounders co-founder Hans Gutmann
departs Wels (Austria) for a flight over 4 continents in his Glasair OE-CGH.
He is coming to the Perth Meeting
after competing in the 13th World Rally Flying Championship in South Africa. After that, he will proceed to Perth via the
Indian Ocean. Details on:
July 14, 2003:
Big world? Small world! On a just-for-fun trip through Alaska, northern Canada and Greenland in their Cessna Caravan VH-SWH,
Australian Earthrounders Dick and Pip Smith first "bumped into" Irish Earthrounders Ryan and McMahon on the radio as they
arrived in Alaska, and more recently "bumped into" the motor glider of Swiss Sturm and Rentsch at Whitehorse airport, Canada.
July 10, 2003:
Congratulations to Paul Ryan and Alan McMahon for completing their RTW. They landed on July 10 at 10 AM at Shannon Airport after a
10 hour non stop trans-Atlantic flight. Well done!
July 1-3, 2003:
On her way around the world in a Mooney M20J, Carol Ann
Garratt stopped in Geneva, Switzerland to visit Mooney Earthrounders Angela
and Flemming Pedersen. Besides lots of Mooney Earthrounder talk, they also
found time to have lunch at the mountain airfield of Megève, France, with
Flemmings 'Honey Mooney
' and have a closer look at Mont Blanc - somewhat
hampered by broken to overcast clouds at 8000 feet. (Flemming is the one on the right).
June 29, 2003:
Reto and Trude GODLY left Hausen am Albis, near Zug, Switzerland for a two month Eastbound RTW in a Cessna 185.
June 4, 2003:
British Army pilot Barry Jones has postponed his RTW attempt in a gyroplane from 2003 until February 2004
May 30, 2003:
Danielle Rentsch and Philipp Sturm (mid and far right) meet up with Earthrounders Dougie Cairns (mid left) and
Tom Claytor (far left) in Thailand
May 28, 2003:
Congratulations to the 4 "current" RTW. They are all doing well:
Polly Vacher has flown over the North Pole and is in Canada. http://www.worldwings.org
Paul Ryan and Alan McMahon are in Australia.
Philipp Sturm and Danielle Rentsch are is Cambodia. http://www.the-flight.com
Carol Ann Garratt is in South Africa. http://www.kerrlake.com/mgarratt
May 6, 2003:
Polly Vacher "Voyage to the Ice" is under way with a first stop at Wick in Scotland. Good luck and fair weather.
May 1, 2003:
Paul Ryan and Alan McMahon
took off from Shannon Airport in a Cherokee Six at the start of their RTW, with a fist stop at Wick in Scotland.
Fair winds and good luck!
April 30, 2003:
Another RTW flight is set to depart on 1st May! Philipp Sturm and Danielle Rentsch depart Buochs, Switzerland
to fly eastbound in a HK 36 Super Dimona powered glider.
. Their clearances have been
prepared by Earthrounder HG Schmid of
Aero Explorer International.
April 17, 2003:
We just learned that Carol Ann Garratt departed Florida at the end of Febuary in her Mooney M20J for a 7-month RTW.
April 14, 2003:
Congratulations to Jason Bahnsen for completing successfully his RTW. He landed his Mooney VH-JDY
in Melbourne on Saturday 12th.
April 14, 2003:
Update on some of this year's upcoming RTW flights.
On 1st May, Irish pilots Paul Ryan
and Alan McMahon
set off from Shannon Airport in a Cherokee Six:
On 6th May, it is Polly Vacher
departing from Birmingham International to fly over the poles in her Piper Dakota :
, who was to depart in March in a gyroplane, has postponed departure until June due to the Middle East
February 10, 2003:
Indefatigable Tom Claytor, our halfway-and-still-going Earthrounder-to-be who has holed up in Thailand for "a while", is
acting in a film called "First Flight", playing a French pilot who teaches the Thais to fly during WW1. All part of an
February 4, 2003:
Jason Bahnsen is about to leave Vancouver on the second half of his RTW in his Mooney. Wishing him fair weather in the Pacific crossing.
Here are a few RTW attempts lined up for this year, if wars permit. In March, British Army pilot
hopes to set off to take a gyroplane round the world for the first time
) whilst Alan McMahon
and Paul Ryan
plan to become the first Irish pilots
to fly RTW.
And it looks like a speed record challenge by Canadian Gerhard Schauble
) whilst in slower mode, Earthrounder Polly Vacher
will set off in May on a new challenge:
first solo flight over the Poles in a single-engine (See: http://www.worldwings.org
It's all in the name Smith
! English helicopter pilot Quentin Smith
, who co-piloted for Jennifer Murray around the
world in 1999
and flew the chase helicopter to her flight in 2000, was rescued from the icy waters of the Drake Passage near Smith Island
the Chilean Navy on 27th January. Having flown an R44 to the North Pole in June, Smith
and adventurer Steven Brooks
were trying to reach the South Pole to become the first helicopter to land at both Poles. Australian Earthrounder Dick Smith
landed his Jet Ranger at the North Pole in 1987, and a Twin Otter at both Poles in 88/89.
Mexican Earthrounder Jorge Cornish recently took a month-long spin round South America in his Mooney, meeting with Gérard and Margi Moss
in Tefé, in the heart of the Amazon.
Click here for a larger picture
Photos of Jorge's South America trip
February 25, 2003:
Hans Hofmaier of Canada announces his departure in November 2003 on a RTW in a Taylorcraft.
February 19, 2003:
Congratulations to Doug Cairns of the Diabetes World Flight for completing successfully his RTW after landing at Council Bluffs
Airport near Omaha.