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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June 12, 2021:Travis Ludlow is now in Alaska.
He met with Art Mortvedt in Manley Hot Springs.
Thanking Art for the picture.
June 12, 2021:Nineteen year old, Zara Rutherford, will try to be the youngest female solo plot to fly around the World.
She plans to start in August.
Wishing her fair winds and good weather all along...
May 27, 2021:Young Travis Ludlow plans to leave the UK on May 29th, 2021, trying to become the youngest pilot to fly around the World.
Present youngest pilot is Mason William Andrews who was 18 years, 5 months and 10 days old, at the completion of his RTW in 2018.
Wishing Travis fair winds, blue skies and fair weather all along.
Thanking Jim Nisbet for the information
May 27, 2021:Great news from those rare Earthrounders on the move:
Sincere congratulations to Tom and his family (wife and two young children) for the successful completion of his RTW in their Aerostar. They just landing back in Germany.
Martina and Alex Gronberger are in Iceland after a successful crossing of the North Atlantic. In Buffalo they met Earthrounder Ravinder Bansal (RTW 2018) and his wife Pratibha.
And Shinji Maeda is in Sri Lanka, on his way East in his bright red 'V' Bonnza.
May 19, 2021:Adrian Eichhorn (RTW 2016) has completes his North Pole run and is on his way back to Portland.
He took off from Manassas VI with Shinji Maeda and thay flew together in their colourful "V" tail Bonanzas to Newfoundland. Maeda continued Eastward in his RTW and is now in Greece.
May 6, 2021:Great news from Adam Broome (RTW 2016):
There was an informal gathering of Earthrounders on May 5th in Manassas, Virginia to celebrate the start of new adventures by Adrian Eichhorn and Shinji Maeda. Shinji recently departed Everett, Washington on an eastbound circumnavigation in his beautifully decorated P35 Bonanza, "Lucy" (N9787Y). A veteran Earthrounder (RTW 2016), Adrian plans to fly his award-winning P35 Bonanza (N1733G) across the North Atlantic, then aims to fly over the North Pole to Alaska. Adrian and Shinji are launching "Polar Flight 2021" this week and will make the Atlantic crossing together, after which Adrian will head toward the pole and Shinji will continue his circumnavigation. To see them off were Bill Harrelson (RTW 2015, 2019) in his Lancair IV (N6ZQ) and Adam Broome (RTW 2016) in his A36 Bonanza (N5831R).
Wishing them all fair weather, blue skies, plenty of tail winds and a safe return...
May 5, 2021:Miguel Gordillo announces this book "NORDPOL UND SUDPOL IM SOLOFLUG" is now available in english: SKY POLARIS.
Details and ordering form.
April 24, 2021:The only two teams flying around the World at the momnet met at Coeur d'Alene Airport, Idaho (KCOE).
Larger photo and details.
April 10, 2021:Thanking Saki Chen (RTW 2016) for that great group photo taken at the end of the Zhenzou Meeting.
April 20, 2021:
From Jens Thaner (RTW 2020):
Now, more than one year after my arrival at Bad Hersfeld (my homebase), the homepage of my trip is nearly ready with videos. More will be added shortly.
If someone has got a question he will be able to contact me.
March 29, 2021:From Martina and Alex Gronberger:
We left Buenos Aires on March 4th 2021 in our SR22 LV-GQF. We have reached the North of the USA and have the plan to slowly make our way Eastwards to Europe and then to Alaska via Russia before heading back South.
Congratulations to Martina amd Alex as they are the first team to start their RTW since the start of the pandemic.
Wishing them fair winds, blue skies and a safe trip.
March 22, 2021:
From Tony Bird:
I have two ferry tanks made of aluminum 59usg and 120usg for sale in Florida. They were made for a Bonanza 36 and have been around the world once.
I would also consider a trade for tanks designed for a Saratoga.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org my phone is 3863417056.
Februay 28, 2021:
From Ravinder Bansal (RTW 2017):
..., I finally have a pdf for my book “ Cleared Direct Destination“ ...
..., I like to make my book available free of cost to anyone who is interested in making an RTW of his own or just reading about it.
Click here for the PDF copy.
Click here for details on the hard cover copy.
Februay 22, 2021:
From Peter Wilson (RTW 2017):
Matthew Gallagher and I have just received our Guinness World Record for the First Circumnavigation through antipodes.
Peter has also written two new books.
See our Books page.
January 19, 2021:
"It is with regret that we must write to inform you about the untimely death of Farhad Rostampour. Farhad passed away doing what he loved, on the 13th of January 2021 shortly after 10:33am EST; in the aircraft that made history (Bonanza F33 N266DC). We send our sincerest wishes to all of his friends and family, as they remember and celebrate the life of a warmhearted friend above all else."
Sincere condolences to Arshid (his co-pilot), his family and friends.
(In 2007, they were the first Iranian-born pilots to fly around the World.)
December 20, 2020:
From Daniel Ramseier, our host in Switzerland:
We sincerely hope you are well. We look forward to seeing you in September at Château-d'Oex.
Although we are confident, we will make our final decision in the spring so that you will have enough time to organise yourself.
We look forward to seeing you soon and wish you all the best for a happy and healthy New Year.
December 19, 2020:
From Shinji Maeda: "We are ready to go in 2021...with 3 scenarios:
#1 - Departure on May 1 and meet Adrian Eichhorn (RTW 2016) and North Pole attack team (https://flybluehorizons.com) at AOPA on May 4 - 5. Then go onto the world!!
#2 - Slide month by month ( i.e. 5/1 to 6/1, 6/1 to 7/1, 7/1 to 8/1) if any conditions prevent me from departing (weather, Covid-19, etc.). No go after September to ensure safety in 2021.
--> #3 - Slide to 2022, 23, 24, 25... if we cannot depart in May to August timeframe......"
Wishing him fair winds and clear skies!
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Last update: June 1, 2021