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 27, 2017:
Earthrounder and our host in PNG, Bob Bates paid again his almost yearly visit to Claude Meunier where what Bob calls the "Center of the Universe", AKA , Northam (YNTM) in Western Australia with his faithfull Cessna 182, P2-HFC AKA as "Sweet Sexy Sheila".
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".
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.
Larger photo and details of the record.
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.
Cell: 808 286-2643.
Tel: 808 373-4914
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
More photos here:
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.
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'
January 28, 2017:
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...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Read Colin Hales' letter from Russia.
September 30, 2016:
Congratulations to Jingxian Chen, aka Saki Chen for the successful completion of her RTW on a Bonanza N19MT. She landed at Cleveland CGF on September 27, 2016 where she took off from. With her were Amanda Lincoln, Laurence Rohl and Richard Rohl.
September 26, 2016:
Congratulations to Dr. Bo Zhang for the successful completion of his RTW in a TBM700, N661EK. He landed at Beijing International Airport on September 24th, 2016. He took off from Beijing on August 7, 2016.
September 19 , 2016:
Congratulations to West Palm Beach-based instructor pilot Julie Wang who today landed at Addison, TX to complete her solo RTW begun thirty-four days ago on August 17th. She becomes the first Chinese person to solo RTW in an aircraft and also the first Chinese woman to fly around the world. Her westbound route covered 20,800 NM in 155 flight hours over 17 flight days.
With thanks to Jim Fletcher for the information
Click here for a larger photo
August 31, 2016:
Congratulations to John and Hallin Giddens of Singapore for the successful completion of their Westbound RTW in a TBM900, N755JG, from June 2 to August 17, 2016.
Thanks to Ng Yeow Meng at Wings Over Asia, for the information.
August 30, 2016:
From Adam Broome after visiting Wayne Collins in Mineola, TX :
It was a treat to visit with you yesterday at the Earthrounders Regional Headquarters in Mineola. Thanks for your hospitality! "
August 28, 2016:
Cptain Hank Chen, pilot and Gary Tat, aircraft engineer departed Hong Kong on August 28 in his RV8 B-K00, Inspiration, the very first amateur-built aircraft registered in Hong Kong.
Thanking Mike Grey of White Rose Aviation for the information.
Last update: May 14, 2017 (cm)