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Welcome to Earthrounders.com
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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May 17 , 2016:
British aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor and crew member Ewald Gritsch escaped unhurt when her Stearman, The Spirit of Artemis crashed shortly after take off from Winslow Arizona last week. This is a serious set back for her attempt to fly solo around the world.
May 14 , 2016:
Maximilian Lassacher will fly his Falconar F12 A Cruiser, WunderBird from New York to Austria and then "continue".
His aircraft will probably be the first aircraft fitted with a Mazda engine to fly around the world!
May 6 , 2016:
Adam Broome of Capel Hill, NC departed Durham,NC on April 25, 2016 on an Eastbound RTW and is now in Iceland, He flies a Beechcraft Bonanza A36, N5831R (31Romeo).
May 5 , 2016:
Thank you to Bob Bates and Bill Finlen for letting us know of Adrian A. Eichhorn's RTW. He flies a restored 1962 P Beechcraft Bonaza N1733G, with tip tanks. Adrian departed Manassas VA, on April 10 and was in Sri Lanka on May 5.
April 26 , 2016:
Congratulations to Michel Gordillo for the succesful completion of the first part of his third RTW. He started on February 19 and has landed in Madrid Cuatros Vientos.
April 25 , 2016:
In a RTW with a difference, Swiss Earthrounder Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in their solar-powered aeroplane Solar Impulse2 have crossed the Pacific Ocean.
They took off form Abu Dhabi (Al Bateen Executive Airport, AZI/OMAD) in the United Arab Emirates on March 9, 2015 and have just landed in California.
April 22 , 2016:
Congratulations to Matevz Lenarcic for the successful completion of his third RTW.
He departed Portoroz, Slovenia and landed back there today at 09:19 UTC.
You have a well deserved rest !!
More photos by Veronica Baird and Helmut Lehner
Photo of F_JAKG by Petra Draskovic Pelc
April 21 , 2016:
It is with great pain that we just received news of the fatal accident which took the life of Mikhail Farikh and 2 others. They were flying a Robinson 66 helicopter in the Arcticas part of an expedition to find remains of the vessel "Svyatya Anna", which disappeared in 1912.
Mikhail flew around the World in his R66 in 2013.
Our most sincere condolances to his family and friends.
With thanks to Sergey Terekhin for sending the sad news.
Also thanks to Roland Hurticant for this link: The Independent Barents Observer
March 26 , 2016:
Thank you to Jorge Cornish for sending photos of Michel Gordillo's arrival in Mexico.
March 12 , 2016:
From Matevz Lenarcic: I would just like to inform you that will try to fly another solo RTW in ultralight Dynamic WT9, starting March 21st this year. West bound, northern hemisphere.
Black carbon research from previous 2012 RTW and North pole 2013 was very interesting so our GreenLight WorldFlight team decided for continuation 2016-2020.
More info on: www.worldgreenflight.com
March 9 , 2016:
Debasish Banerjee is announcing his departure from North Carolina on May 15, 2016 for an Eastbound RTW in his C182.
March 3 , 2016:
Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov's attempt to beat Steve Fossett's record solo balloon flight around the World took a step forward today when Flight Coordinator, Alan Noble, visited the Northam airfield and its facilities.
March 2 , 2016:
From Wilfred Taylor:I am saddened to report that Donald P Taylor (1st homebuilt and 1st class C1b around the world), passed away on 2 December 2015 in Las Cruces NM.
Don Taylor flew solo in 1976 in his T18, Victoria 76, N455T.
Our sincere condolences to his family.
Full size photo of Don Taylor and Obituary
Don's T18 in the EAA Museum.
February 24 , 2016:
Allie and Phil Dunnington are announcing their departure in May 2016, from the UK in a Beech 18 "Betty", G-BKGM, for a 3 years flight around the World, project "On the Beech".
February 22 , 2016:
Michel Gordillo has departed San Javier, Spain on February 19, 2016 for his Polar RTW in his RV8, EC-XLL and is now in Dakar, Senegal.
February 8, 2016:
From Marco Cavallaro: I want to fly around the world in a Beech 18 (twin Beech), trying to get one for this summer, if interested contact my mail or call Marco Cavallaro 210 316 3347, if no answer leave word, I am flying ,will get back to you.
February 8, 2016:
Happy New Year of the Monkey
February 1, 2016: Another very successful 'mini-Earthrounders' Meeting, mainly skyiing and telling flying tall stories at the Pederesen's chalet in Chambery, Switzerland. Their charming and warm hospitality is well known.
At a time, their were 12 RTW present...
January 22, 2016: From Tony Xue of Uaero China: The first Chinese RTW (Beijing to Beijing) will depart in June 2016 with Capt. Bo Zhang, Ph.D. (University of Illinois) as PIC. The aircraft was thought to be a DA42 but may be changed to a TBM700. Crew and route have not been finalised.
December 10, 2015: Our host in PNG in 2016, Bob Bates, revisited Claude Meunier in Western Australia to pick up his C182, P2-HFC and the Earthrounders' flag.
Passing the Earthrounders' flag. A similar 'ceremony' took place on the same spot on September 28, 2012, handling the flag to Sergey Terekhin, our host in Saint Petersbug in 2014.
December 6, 2015: Embry-Riddle alumna and graduate student Shaesta Waiz as announced her departure on June 2, 2016, for her 33-city, 19-country, five-continent worldwide solo flight. She intends to be the youngest female to fly solo around the World.
For more information on Dreams Soar, visit:
December 4 , 2015: Earthrounders.com wishes 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 in PNG....
Art Mortvedt is exhibiting his famous C185 flying lab Polar Pumpkin in a musem in an effort to foster interest in future aviators and explorers.
"All Earthrounders have remarquable aircrafts and they should use them to help teach young people."
November 20, 2015: Congratulations to Michael Smith for the completion of his RTW in a Seary amphibian (Experimental), Southern Sun.
First Solo Amphibian and First Solo Flying Boat circumnavigation.
April 12 to November 14, 2015, West bound from Melbourne, Australia.
The story of the flight on his blog: www.southernsun.voyage
The Searey over Greenland. Larger photo:
November 18, 2015: Harry R. Anderson is announcing the publishing of his book: "Flying 7 Continents Solo ".
Details on the "Books" page.
November 11, 2015: Bruce Andrews wants to buy a 160 gallon Turtle-Pac tank.
Full details on the messages page
September 24, 2015: Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov will attempt to beat Steve Fossett's record solo balloon flight around the World. He hopes to start and finish his ballooning attempt from Northam in Western Australia. Northam was the starting point for Steve Fossett in 2002 and more recently hosted the Australian National Hot Air Balloon Championships.
September 1, 2015: Congratulations to Robert DeLaurentis for the successful completion of his solo RTW with his Malibu Mirage N997MA.
August 31, 2015: Ron Siwik (RTW 2008) is selling his Bonanza tip tanks.
Please see the details on the Messages Page
August 19, 2015: Heinz Peier is selling several items (Iridium Phone, Rescue Suit, etc).
Please see the details on the Messages Page
August 11, 2015: From Soiuzbek Saliev: "I am looking for a pilot interested in joining me on a round- the-world trip by a two-engine plane ".
Read the full message on the Messages Page
July 28, 2015: Russian pilot Sergey Ananov flying around the World in a Robinson 22 helicopter, survived ditching in the cold waters of the Davis Strait, between Iqualuit and Greenland. He departed Moscow on June 13.
Thanking Sergey Terekhin for the news.
Read the full story
July 28, 2015: Congratulations to Heinz Peier for the completion of his RTW in his SX300.
July 22, 2015: Mike Blyth, Jean d'Assonville and Patrick Huang are now in the USA in their Sling 4.
July 20, 2015: Earthrounders Bob Bates and Bob Gannon are paying a visit (annual visit for Bob Bates) to Earthrounder Claude Meunier in Northam (Western Australia) with Bob Bates' C182 P2-HFC.
July 13, 2015: From Jason Bahnsen (RTW 2002/2003, VH-JDY): "Bob and Diane Dempster from Seattle plan a RTW in a Douglas World Air Cruiser Replica from Seattle. That will be a very interesting flight to follow.
Photo: Jason and Bob and the World Cruiser.
Second photo: The World Cruiser. (click for a larger picture)
July 4, 2015: Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg landed Solar Impule 2 in Oahu after a record breaking fligth of 118 hours (5 days). Previous record was set in 2006 by Steve Fossett, flying the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer for 76 hours.
July 3, 2015: Andrew Pitman of the Airplanefactory in South Africa announces another RTW by a Sling 2 aircraft to depart Johannesburg on July 7th.
June 28, 2015: Lola Odujinrin announces his imminent departure for a RTW in a Cirrus SR22, N313CD.
June 25, 2015: The grandson of Frank Haile is selling the LAST set of 100 gallon tip tanks made for Bonanzas. Previous sets sold for 30,000USD but he's willing to negotiate for a fast and easy sale. He's a college student and needs to pay tuition for his last year. . The tanks are on standby and can be picked up or delivered immediately.
Please email Richard at RichardKCook@me.com for pricing and delivery options
June 19, 2015: Michael Farikh (RTW 2013 in R66) announces Sergey Ananov's departure from Moscow in a Robunson 22 helicopter for an Eastbound RTW. That will be the first RTW by an helicopter of less than 1000 kg. Sergey left Moscow on June 13.
He can be followed on the Spot Site:
and on Facebook:
June 12, 2015: Nate Slater, Team Manager of OP Warrior Assist 2018 announces: "I'll be completing an Around the World solo flight in 2018 to raise awareness for disabled veterans and also to raise funds for disabled veteran focused charities.
His Website is: http://www.opwarriorassist.com
Facebook is: http://www.facebook.com/OpWarriorAssist
Twitter is: http://www.twitter.com/OpWarriorAssist
June 12, 2015: Solar Impulse in Nagoya.
May 31, 2015: Solar powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 has left Nanjing (China) for the long leg to Hawaii (8200 KM) with pilot André Borschberg on board.
May 23, 2015: Robert Laurentis has departed LIndbergh Airport (KMYF), San Diego, on May 17, 2015 for a solo RTW in his Malibu Mirage. He is presently in Punta Delgada in Sao Miguel in the Azores.
Click here to follow him:
May 20, 2015: Henning Huffer of Germany announces a Mooney M20F, N7051V for sale.
Photos and details:
May 20, 2015: Captain Sami Raffa is flying around the World in a Mooney M35MD and he is presently in Australia. He is supported by The Anjum Hotels:
Fllow him on this map:
May 8, 2015: Michel Gordillo (RTW 2001) is announcing his new RTW by the Poles in a RV8 he has just finished building.
Departure is scheduled for the beginning of October, this year.
More details on his new Site:
May 16, 2015: Phillipe Renaudet and Vincent Moisson have started their RTW 'following Phineas Fogg' in a Dyn Aero MCR-4S from Nantes, France, and are now in Naples.
They can be followed with Sat-View:
April 28, 2015: Phillipe Renaudet announces a different RTW: 'Sur les traces de Jules Verne'... following Jules Verne around the World'...a la Phineas Fogg.
Expected departture from Nantes (France) May 8, 2015
Expected arrival at the Le Bourget Airport: June 20, 2015.
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