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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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: email@example.com
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.
August 27, 2016:
Congratulations to Lachlan Smart for the successful completion of his RTW in a Cirrus VH-IBC. Lachlan is now the youngest solo Earthrounder at 18 years and 21 days of age, beating Matt Guttmiller, the previous record holder for the youngest pilot around the World.
August 26, 2016:
Congratulations to Joe McMillen for the succesful completion of his "first" RTW. He flew a Cirrus SR22T from San Diego to San Diego (May 9 to August 24).
August 19, 2016:
Many thanks to Harry R. Anderson for pointing out this new RTW, in what is probably the smallest Amateur-built aircraft, a KR2, G-BYLP.
Pilot is Colin Hales from the UK and is presently in Anadyr, Siberia.
Gool luck and fair weather all along.
August 7, 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.
August 10, 2016:
From Saki Chen, aka Jingxian Chen, 31, the first female Chinese pilot: "Forgot to update you that we have launched our trip on 8/1 and arrived in Paris already. Below is the link that u can trace our flight."
July 26, 2016:
Congratulations to Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg for the successful completion of their solar powered RTW with their Solar Impulse, the first Round-the-World solar flight in history. They landed in Abu Dhabi at 12,05 UTC.
July 26 , 2016:
From Maureen Schraub: Dr. Bo Zhang will depart from Beijing on August 7th, 2016 for his solo RTW in a TBM 700.
Wishing him fair weather and helping winds.
July 24 , 2016:
Congratulations to Adam Broome of Chapel Hill for the completion of his RTW in his Beechcraft Bonanza A36, N5831R (31Romeo). He departed Durham, NC on April 25, 2016 on an Eastbound RTW and landed back home on July 21, 2016.
July 23, 2016:
Congratulations to Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov for the successful completion of his solo RTW in a Cameron Rosiere Balloon. He beats the 14 year old record set by Steve Fossett in a similar balloon by one day. Fedor has to cross life threateneing thunderstorms and the southern Jet Stream took him as low as 61°S with temperatures of -50°C. It is a miracle of precision in the forecast of the Jet Stream and upper winds that took him exactly where he took off 11 days earlier, overflying the Northam airfield (YNTM) in Western Australia. He landed at the confines of the Western Australia Wheat Belt near the town of Bonnie Rock (S30° 33', E118° 18') at 0820 UTC.
There are excellent views of the landing on You Tube (Simply type: "Konyukhov".).
July 18, 2016:
Great news from our host in PNG, Bob Bates:
"PNG Visas can again be obtained on arrival for Australians passport holders and there is no longer a requirement to obtain them in advance. They are now issued on arrival in Port Moresby at no cost."
July 15, 2016:
Fedor Konyukhov is going well,. He is now in the southern Jet Stream and and passed north of New Zealand in his attempt to beat Steve Fossett's record solo around the world in a Rosiere Balloon. He is today (at 11.00 UTC) at 178° East and doing a ground speed of 162 km/h (87 knots).
Follow Fedor's track here
July 12, 2016:
A huge crowd saw Fedor Konyukhov take off from Northam, Western Australia, in his attempt to fly solo around the world in a Rosiere balloon. Present were Earthrounders Dick Smith and Claude Meunier.
July 11, 2016:
Saki Chen, aka Jingxian Chen, 31, the first female Chinese pilot, planning to launch a historic RTW journey from Cleveland, Ohio, USA on July 30, 2016. She will fly a Bonanza A36 with the owner, Richard Rohl and his father Lawrence Rohl (both pilots/aircraft owners) who generously lend her the plane and will participate in this historic trip as both safety pilots and passengers. Saki plans to take the eastbound route and land in her motherland, China, halfway around the World.
July 4, 2016:
Australian teenage pilot Lachlan Smart is ready to start his RTW from Queensland in a Cirrus VH-IBC.
June 29 , 2016:
Lola Odujinrin departed from Washington DC on June 23th, 2016 for his solo RTW in a Cirrus SR22, N313CD.
He can be followed on Spider Track here
and on You Tube
June 17, 2016:
Russian adventurer and records holder Fedor Konyukhov and his team are putting the last touches for his attempt to break Steve Fossett's solo non-stop balloon flight around the world.
June 17, 2016:
Ademilola (Lola) Odujinrin announces his departure on July 23, 2016 from Lagos, Nigeria in a Cirrus SR22, N313CD, for a solo RTW.
Last update: February 2, 2017 (fp, ca g)