First name: John FX
Other crew/passengers who completed the full circumnavigation:
First name: Clark ("Put")
Other people who may have flown part of the journey:
First name: Winters
Leg(s) flown: Detroit, Gander, Azores. Lisbon, Athens, Cairo, Bahrain,Bombay, Madras, Singapore, Bali, Darwin,Alice, Sydney.
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon…) Twin
Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Piper
Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Aztec
Type: (i.e. A35): PA 23-250
Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever):
Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Eastbound
How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)?
How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)?
Date of departure: May 24, 1984
Point of departure: Detroit
Date of return to point of departure: June 17, 1984
Point of return: Detroit
Duration: (days): 24
Duration: (flying hours): 210
Distance flown: 43 500KM (including "side trips" not part of official around-the-world itinerary)
How many overnight stops did you make? : 14 at "official control points
How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : 3
How many countries did you visit (count only where overnighted)? : 13 ( not including side trips)... another 7-8 on side trips
Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : HF
Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ?
Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : Yes
If not, which company did you use?: Uswe Lockheed Dataplan (now Jeppesen) for a few.
Which insurance company did you use? : Avemco
Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : Europe (not including US or canada) on official legs; Australia on side trips.
Which was the most difficult? : India
Which was the best airport you landed at? : Nagoya ( not including US?Canada).
Which was the worst? : Bombay
Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : Already awarded
Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : Yes, several
Did you create a Website about your flight? If so, what is the URL? No
General remarks about your flight:
Few problems, lots of planning required, glad I did it when I did... not sure it would be as easy today (except for the navigational part), which would be a snap with GPS which was not available in 1984). An adventure of a lifetime... exceeding other transoceanic and transpolar flights.
Advice to other pilots:
Do it! Plan ahead... plan for contingencies.. pick your season for best WX?winds.
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