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The 10th Earthrounders meeting will take place in Zhengzhou, Province of Henan, China, during the Zhengzhou annual AirShow.
We are invited by the Air Show organisers, thanks to the negociations of our host, Earthrounder Wei Chen .
The Air Show will be run from
April 26 to May 1, 2018.

Preliminary notes.


Brian Lloydis currently on a solo circumnavigation in my M20K,N916BL, following Amelia Earhart's route and keeping as closely as possible to her schedule on its 80th anniversary.
Colin Hales is flying a KR2 (probably the smallest amateur-built aircraft around the World) and is now in Japan after incredible adventures crossing Russia. They will be published shortly in the UK Pilot Magazine.
Debasish Banerjee is flying a Cessna 182 N58635 from 1A5 Macon County Airport. He is diabetic and he plans to make the flight a tool to raise awareness of Diabetes. Currently in India.
Shaestra Wais is flying a A36 Bonanza around the World on a solo flight.


Ademilola (Lola) Odujinrin is flying a Cirrus SR22, N313CD, landed on March 29, 2017 at Dulles Airport Washington DC, completing his solo RTW

Michel Gordillo departed San Javiern on February 19. He flew over the North Pole a few days ago. /
He landed in Madrid at the end of his second polar flight in his RV8 EC-XLL, on Decemebre 15, 2016

Cptain Hank Chen, pilot and Gary Tat, aircraft engineer, departed Hon Kong on August 28 in his RV8 B-K00, Inspiration, the very first amateur-built aircraft registered inHong Kong.
They landed back in Hong Kong on November 12, 2016.

Dr.Bo Zhang departed Beijing on August 7, 2016, in a TBM700, N661EK for an Easterly RTW. His flight will be the first RTW from and to Beijing.
He landed on September 24, 2016.

Saki Chen, aka Jingxian Chen, 31, left Cleveland, Ohio, USA on August 1, 2016 flying a Bonanza A36 N19MT, with the owner, Richard Rohl and his father Lawrence Rohl.
She landed in Cleveland on September 27, 2016.

Lachlan Smart has completed his RTW from Queensland in a Cirrus VH-IBC.
He is now the youngest pilot around the World at 18 years ans 21 days of age.

Joe McMillen, in a Cirrus SR22T departed San Diego on May 9th.
Completed on August 24th.

Flights being undertaken over several years

Bill Charney (Beech Staggerwing)

Dr. Bo Zhang will depart from Beijing on August 7th, 2016 for his solo RTW in a TBM 700, N661EK.

Sami Raffa and Ralph Eckhardt, two retired B747 Captains are planning an Eastward RTW in a Mooney Ovation.
Tim Fino is announcing his RTW, departing Oshkosh in a Piper Seneca II N47815 in support of Wings of Mercy East Michigan
http://www.WingsAroundTheWorld.INFO Theodore Robert Wright:
Justin Collins


Sergey Ananov's departed Moscow in a Robinson 22 helicopter for an Eastbound RTW
Ditched between Canada and Greenland on July 25, 2015. Pilot safe.
Vincent Moisson and Phillipe Renaudet have started their RTW 'following Phineas Fogg' in a Dyn Aero MCR-4S from Nantes, France, on May 8, 2015.Details
Flight abandoned in Japan in June 2015, Aircraft freighted back to France by sea.

Click here for details.

November 11, 2015: Bruce Andrews wants to buy a 160 gallon Turtle-Pac tank.
Full details on the messages page

August 31, 2015: Ron Siwik (RTW 2008) is selling his Bonanza tip tanks.

August 19, 2015: Heinz Peier is selling several items (Iridium phone, rescue Suit, etc).

August 11, 2015: I am looking for a pilot interested in joining me on a round- the-world trip by a two-engine plane

June 20, 2014; From Wolf Shroen: We still have 5 x 55-gal drums of Avgas for sale in Adak. Any interested parties can email me at wolf_schroen(at)

January 14, 2014: Looking to buy or rent ferry tank or 'Dolly Paton' tanks with 120+ gallon capacity for Beechcraft Bonanza (A36).
Please contact by email:
Indiana, USA
Cell: 317.809.4229


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POLAR FIRST by Jennifer Murray

GREAT CIRCLE, The World Eastbound by Stephan and Nicolas Perren

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This site is a register of pilots who have flown around the world in light aircraft (*).
It records the pilots and their aircraft in chronological order,
and aims to inspire others who have similar flying dreams.
(*) Maximum weight 7000 kg.

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June 24, 2017:
From Brian Lloyd:
I am currently on a solo circumnavigation in my M20K, N916BL, following Amelia Earhart's route and keeping as closely as possible to her schedule on its 80th anniversary. I am currently in Singapore.
I will be departing from Amelia Earhart's schedule once I reach Australia, continuing to Fiji and then to overfly Howland Island on my way to Christmas Island, and then on to Hawaii, Oakland, Atchison, KS, and then end the flight at Oshkosh.

June 21, 2017:
Shaestra Wais is in Australia, flying a A36 Bonanza around the World on a solo flight. She had departed KDAB on May 13, 2017 on an easterly course.

June 5, 2017:
From Marcin Szamborski in Vladivostok:
A team of Russian and Polish pilots is close to complete a RTW in a Bell 407 helicopter, RA-01930. They started from Moscow on April 17th and expect to finish their RTW within days.
Follow them here:
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May 24, 2017:
From Wei Chen, our host in China:
The 10th Earthrounders meeting will take place in Zhengzhou, Province of Henan, China, during the Zhengzhou annual AirShow.
We are invited by the Air Show organisers, thanks to the negociations of our host, Earthrounder Wei Chen .
The Air Show will be run from April 26 to May 1, 2018.

Preliminary notes

The Shaolin Temple, Zhengzhou
May 14, 2017:
From Silvia and Brian Foster:
Brian and and Sylvia Foster have spent 2 years building an RV10 and plan to leave Port Alfred South Africa on 27th May 2017 to commence a leisurely RTW embracing a fly in to Oshkosh. We are members of EAA South Africa.
They can be followed on Face Book "Fosters RTW".
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April 25, 2017:
From Steven Dengler:
My father Bob Dengler and I are organizing the C150 Global Odyssey, which will be the first Canadian circumnavigation of the globe by helicopter.
Starting July 1, Canada Day, the team will fly a Bell 429 helicopter over 38,000 kilometers around the world, making over 100 stops in 14 countries, including every provincial and territorial capital in Canada and Vimy Ridge in France.
C150 Global Odyssey is registered federal not-for-profit raising money for True Patriot Love, a veterans charity, and Southlake Regional Hospital, one of Canada's leading cancer care facilities.

April 24, 2017:
The RTV flight of Fedor Konyukhov in July 2016 has been ratified by FAI as a World Record.
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April 12, 2017:
From double Earthrounder Wilfred Tashima (1992-1994):
I am selling my big tip tanks for Beechcraft A-36.
The tanks are located at KSEE, El Cajon, CA.
They are the Aluminum Tanks. By Frank Haile. And are in great shape. The tanks brought my plane safely from PHNL to KSEE this past October.
Price: $30,000
Wilfred Tashima
Cell: 808 286-2643.
Tel: 808 373-4914

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April 2, 2017:
Sincere congratulations to Lola Odujinrin for the succesful completion of his solo RTW in a Cirrus. He landed on March 29, 2016 at Dulles Airport, Washington DC.
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March 19, 2017:
A mini Earthrounders Meeting is projected during the Airshow at Evora, Portugal, from September 22d to September 24th.
Earthrounders are invited to participate. Food, lodging and fuel could be made available.
Please contact Michel Gordillo for details:

March 17, 2017:
Ravi Bansal of Buffalo, NY, is announcing his departure for a solo RTW, in the first week of July in his Cessna 400.
Wishing him fair weather and tail winds...

March 11, 2017:
Bob Gannon and Art Mortvedt:
A Mini reunion. From check point Galena, Alaska on the Iditarod Race.
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March 3, 2017:
British celebrity, Carol Vorderman, is preparing to fly solo around the World in a Twin Diamond DA42, which she named "Mildred", after her heroine, British pilot, the Honorable Mrs Mildred Bruce (solo RTW in 1931, Database #298).
More in an article from the Daily Mail:
Wishing her fair winds and a safe flight.

March 1, 2017:
A warning of exhorbitant landing charges at Bali airport.
Details here

February 28, 2017:
From double Earthrounder Wilfred Tashima:
Earthrounder Willie Tashima (ATW F33 - 1992, ATW A36 – 1994) is selling his two 100 gallon Bonanza tip tanks. His Beechcraft A36, N911WT, which took him around the world the second time is also for sale, with or without big tip tanks. 20 gallon Osborne tip tanks are presently installed on the plane. Photos and listing as shown on the web site. $35,000 dollars for the set of big tanks.
Used for the trip around the world, and for flights between the West Coast and Hawaii.
The photo on the ground is with the 20 gallon tip tanks.
The photo in the air in front of Diamond Head is with the 100 gallon tip tanks.
For the big tip tanks, email Willie Tashima at:

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February 16, 2017:
From Sergey Terekhin: Yes, we all miss Mikhail Farikh, he was an exceptional man, full of energy and
readiness to help. His smile and good humor impossible to forget.
Two days ago another good pilot from their round the Earth flight died in helicopter crash: Dmitriy Rakitsky
with 3 POB.
Mikhail and Dmitriy both flew around the World in two Robinson 66 helicopters in 2013.

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Their R66 helicopters

More on their helicopters RTW on these two sites:
From "MondoCharlie" in Spanish
From the Russian AOPA

February 1, 2017:
At the traditional Earthrounders ski week in Champery, Switzerland, we manage to get
7 Earthrounders on the same 'perch'
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January 28, 2017:
年快乐 州
Happy New Year of the Rooster

January 28, 2017:
Another 'mini-mini' Earthrounders 'get-together', when Bob Bates and
Bill Finlen paid a visit to Claude Meunier in what Bob describes as
"his yearly pilgrimage to the center of the Universe", aka Grass Valley in Western Australia. Great fun despite of the 42°C temperatures...
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January 26, 2017:
Earthrounder Soiuzbek Saliev (RTW 2016) has some equipment for sale:
- a ferry tank Turtle pac of 100 gallon capacity
- a Winslow Life Raft ( 46GASTL - 095-1-100 )14 kg
- and Iridium Extreme satellite phone
Please contact him at:

January 17, 2017:
From John Bone: "I am planning a 2018 RTW in my Cirrus SR22 and looking to purchase a portable HF radio and 100 US Gallon Turtlepac.Also wanted is a Mustang MAC 200/300 survival suit, size medium"
Many thanks,
John R. Bone

December 15, 2016:
Sincere congratulations to Miguel Gordillo for the succesful completion of his very long flight around the World by the Poles. He landed in Madrid (Spain), greeted by dozens.
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December 11, 2016:
Spanish Earthrounder Miguel Gordillo passed through Brasilia on his way homeward bound in his RV-8 after flying across Antartica and the South Pole. In Brasilia, he was the guest of Gerard and Margi Moss, and gave a presentation to local pilots about his amazing transpolar flights.
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December 5, 2016:
We wish a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all Earthrounders, their families and friends and all Earthrounders-to-be.
Happy landings, blue skies, Peace on Earth, tail winds and all this kind of good things....
Hope we can all meet again, this time probably in China....

November 14, 2016:
At the Zhuhai Airshow, Wei Chen giving Julia Wang the award of 1 million Chinese Yuan, after her solo RTW.
With the Earthrounder flag in the background.
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November 13, 2016:
Congratulations to Capt. Hank Cheng for the successful completion of his RTW in "Inspiration" , the first amateur built aircraft from Hong Kong, RV8 B-KOO.
He landed back in Hong Kong this morning at 0245 UTC.

With thanks to Mike Grey of White Rose Aviation for the good news.

November 12, 2016:
German Hucke and Armando Ide are announcing their RTW in a Piper, PA 46, Matrix, CC-AQZ, starting from Temuco in Chili.
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November 3, 2016:
News from Sergey Terekhin, announcing a new Earthrounder: Soyuzbek Saliev - the first pilot from Kyrgyzstan - who successfully completed on November 1st, his westbound RTW in his Mooney Ovation 2, tail number EX 88003. His co-pilot was Jonas Juknius (on his second RTW). They departed from Bishkek and flew via UAE, Africa, South America, Easter Island.
Soyuzbek Saliev was at the Saint Petersburg Meeting.(left on the photo).

October 31, 2016:
Back from Mount Hagen and recovering...
A full report coming soon...

Meeting Report

October 24, 2016:
From Debasish Banerjee: I set off on a RTW flight last summer (May 31st, 2016, to be precise) from Macon County Airport, NC, USA in my Cessna 182. Everything was going well and I went up to Ranchi, India. However, I had to abandon the plan b/c of the monsoon and the bad weather enroute that accompanied it all over SE Asia. So I came back home. I do hope to finish the circuit at a later time and with better planning to avoid bad weather enroute.

October 20, 2016:
Gone to Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, to the ninth Earthrounders Meeting... see you there...

October 16, 2016:
Miguel Gordillo departed Madrid (Spain) on October 1, 2016 for the second half of his second RTW in his amateur-built RV-8, EC-XLL.This time via the South Pole. He is now in the Maldives Islands (VRMG).

October 14, 2016:
After crossing the Bering Strait, Colin Hales in now in Russia.
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