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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April 14, 2014:
Earthrounder in the making, Heinz Peier, after being forced to land at the Soewondo Air Base in Sumatra by the Indonesian Air Force, has finally been released after paying a hefty fine and is on his way to Seletar.
The "incident" has been reported worldwide:
Article in the Daily Mail
The Jakarta Post
The NY Daily News
Thank you Manuel Queiroz for getting the news...
March 28, 2014:
From Yeow Meng, Group Managing Director & Founder of Wings Over Asia, FBO in Seletar WSSL (Singapore):
As our contribution to private aviation, I would like to offer all Earthrounders pilots a special 20% discount off our handling rate (for <3kg aircrafts, it is only S$200 with additional 20% discount for full professional handling service) to welcome them to transit via Singapore and help promote private aviation here. And also since WingsOverAsia has it’s own self-managed GA compact parking area within the airport, we will also offer FREE aircraft parking to all Earthrounders pilot on a first-come-first-serve basis whenever there is space in our very own GA compact parking area.
Details of services
March 23, 2014:
Do not miss Bulletin N° 6 with the latest information on the Saint Petersburg Meeting.
March 23, 2014:
Another challenger for the title of the youngest solo RTW:
From Matt Guthmiller: This summer I'm going to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world, and I just launched a Web site at Limitless-Horizons.org (also facebook.com/LimitlessHz and twitter.com/LimitlessHz). I'll be flying a 1981 A36 Bonanza and raising money for Code.org (they're a nonprofit working to put computer science education programs in K-12 schools).
March 19, 2014:
Fifty years ago, on March 19, 1964, Geraldine Mock was starting her RTW from Colombus (Ohio).She became the first woman to fly around the World solo in a Cassna 180.
From Wendy Hollinger: To help celebrate Jerrie Mock's 50th Anniversary as the first woman to fly solo around the world, please join us as we follow her "progress" 50 years ago. A special Facebook and Twitter account have been setup for this purpose and and each day, from March 19–April 17, they'll post updates of where Jerrie was, 50 years ago, on her record setting flight around the world.
March 18, 2014:
From Damon Meyer: Preparing for a 2015 RTW eastbound circumnavigation, single-engine piston airplane <1000kg MTOW, and am looking for good recent information on... Read the full message here
March 11, 2014:
A new interview of Geraldine Mock (Solo RTW 1964) by CarolAnn Garratt (RTW 2003,2008,2011)
With thanks to Mirielle Goyer of:www.WomenOfAviationWeek.org
March 7, 2014:
From Babar Suleman:"Requesting information from Earthrounders who may have flown with 'dolly parton' tanks in an A-36 Bonanza and have loading and speed numbers. Please contact me at:email@example.com or call me at 317.809.4229 in the US. Would greatly appreciate it.”
Support education for the underprivileged….
February 21, 2014:
Wei Chen (RTW 2011) announces the publication of his book: "69 days around the World".
Avalable from Amazon:
February 12, 2014:
Do not miss Bulletin N° 4 with the latest information on the Moscow visit prior to the Meeting:
February 3, 2014:
From Harry Anderson (RTW 2011):
I landed on King George Island (SCRM) on January 31 and returned to Punta Arenas the next day. I have now achieved my goal of solo flight in my single engine Lancair Columbia N788W to all seven continents.
I've posted a video on YouTube of the last few minutes of my approach and landing in Antarctica:
I'm looking forward to seeing all the Earthrounders at the reunion in Russia!
January 31, 2014:
Happy New Year of the Horse: 新年快乐
January 29, 2014 : An update from Dave McElroy on their RTW for SickKids and Scotalnd's Charity Air Ambulance: ....now scheduled to depart Toronto on May 12 for a Canadian RTW, and to depart Perth Scotland on May 19 for a Scottish RTW.
January 26, 2014 : From Dale Berger of Aero-Pro Avionics LLC:
Dr. Siwik (RTW 2008) has commissioned me to broker the Frank Haile Aluminum tip tanks for Bonanza that he owns.
Full details and photos
January 23, 2014 : From Adam Broome, Chapel Hill, NC: "Four barrels 100LL in Adak, Alaska for sale. Contact Adam Broome at ahbroome(at)gmail.com."
January 20, 2014 : Wei Chen (RTW 2011) announces the publication of his book: Around The World in 69 Days.
Available from Amazon
January 14, 2014 : From Babar Suleman:
"Looking to buy or rent ferry tank or 'Dolly Paton' tanks with 120+ gallon capacity for Beechcraft Bonanza (A36). "
Please contact by email:
December 31, 2013 : Many thanks to Jonathan Selby for sending a lot of fresh information on flying in South America:
December 11, 2013: 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, fair winds and all this kind of things....
Looking forward at seeing you all in Saint Petersburg.
November 23, 2013
It is with great sadness that we learnt today of Frank Haile passing away on November 15.
Frank had flown four times around the World (1978, 1986, 1889, 1992).
Our most sincere condolences to his family and thanks to his grand son Frank Cook for giving us the sad news.
Memorial Service for Frank Haile, Jr.
Saturday, November 30th
Lover Lane United Methodist Church at the Sanctuary
9200 Inwood Rd.
"Missing Man Formation for Frank Haile at Addison Airport Nov 30 2013, 4:30 pm at Addison Airport
4205 Claire Chenault
Keith Rutherford lead, Mike Parrish #2, Wayne Collins #3 [Missing Man], Joe Sasser #4 We miss Frank, fellow Earthrounder, strong supporter of ABS, a true friend for those fortunate enough to share his friendship"
November 17, 2013
Congratulations to : Johannes Burges (German) and Wolf Schroen (USA) for the sucessful completion of their RTW in a Mooney Encore, N231WG. They had left Straubing, Germany on August 17 and landed there on November 2, 2013.
November 15, 2013
Jib Strategic is announcing "Project RTW80" , a single-engine circumnavigation of the earth in support of Toronto’s SickKids Hospital Foundation and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.
Dave McElroy and Chris Elgar will fly around the World in a Piper Comanche 180 C-FYHU, to depart Toronto in May 2014.
November 12, 2013
James Tan (RTW 2013) is selling his Cessna Silver Eagle P210N, N81MG.
Full description and specifcations
November 7, 2013
Another mini-Earthrounders meeting in Seattle.
From Veronica Baird: "We're just back from visiting Harry Anderson in Seattle with Linda and Patrick Elliot, although there's been no flying as it's been rainy and cloudy every day. We're all so looking forward to the next meeting. See you in Russia!"
November 5, 2013
Congratulations to Petra & Gerhard-Michael Decius for the succesful completion of their RTW in their Piper JetPROP, D-EXRE. They landed at Bielefeld-Germany (EDLI) on November 2, 2013. They did start on September 1, 2013.
October 31, 2013
Heinz Peier still going strong in his "SX300 + a Bicycle", N 54JX. He is currently in Africa, and will be next year in Australia.
His traveling blog is great reading and is full of very useful information on fuel prices and ... exhorbitant charges...:
October 17, 2013
In preparation for the 50th anniversary of Geraldine Mock's RTW (in 1964), a statute of her has been unveiled at The Works' Lefrevre Courtyard in Newark, Ohio. The mayor of Newark declared September 14 "Geraldine Mock Day".
Geraldine Mock was in 1964, the first woman to fly solo arounf the World in a C180.
Thank you to CarrolAnn Garratt for the article in the Tallassee Democrat.
More details here:
A reprint of Geraldine's book "Thre Eight Charlie" is now available.
October 2, 2013
Earthrounders Gary Burns (RTW 1997) and Ryan Campbell (RTW 2013) met in Oshkosh and also in a A330 simulator.
September 26, 2013
From aircraft spotter Mike Condon in New Zealand:
Myriad of aircraft...
N850KK TBM7, D-EXRE P46T, D-FHBG TBM8, D-IBSH BE20GT, HB-FVM PC12 and N191MA PAY1 all flew Tokua, PNG to Honiara, Solomons
D-FAPC PC12 flew Daru-Cairns
D-EXRE P46T is due Honiara-Santo, Vanuatu-Nadi
N6593W C10T is due Honiara-Santo, Vanuatu - C10T = Silver Eagle Cessna 210 Centurion (Allison turbo conversion)
N850KK TBM7, D-FHBG TBM8, D-IBSH BE20GT, HB-FVM PC12 and N191MA PAY1 all due Honiara-Nadi direct
Perhaps a LNC4 N4446 is amongst this gaggle also.
www.worldflight2013.blogspot.com seems to be following N6593W.
N175EU BE20GT due Bali-Darwin-Mt Isa-Sydney,
Thank you Mike.
September 26, 2013
Earthrounder Doug Cairns has been busy with the challenge of taking on current legislation to allow pilots with diabetes to fly. He sent us this four-ship formation photo taken this summer, with other diabetes pilots in Iowa in a speed-record challenge. Keep us updated, Doug!
For more info, check out: www.flyingwithdiabetes.com
September 16, 2013
An interresting article and video by Russ Niles on AvWeb on "Earthrounders-in-Progress": Calle Hedberg:
September 15, 2013
Congratulations to the 2 crews of the 2 Russian Robinson 66 helicopters for the succesful completion of their RTW.
From their own Internet Site: "They are back! 39448 km, 43 days and total 220 hours of the flight time, and today, at 15:30 Moscow time, right on the schedule, both crews landed at aeroclub home base Bun’kovo. Two crews, five brave guys, three continents, and the first Russian R66 flight around the world are now in the books"
September 7, 2013
Congratulations to Ryan Campbell for the successful completion of his "Teen RTW". He is now the youngest Solo Pilot to have flown around the World at 19 years and 237 days of age .
Details of the youngest Solo Pilots Records