Pilot(s) name(s) First name: Harrelson Surname: Bill Nationality: USA
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon.) Single, NTCA, Amateur built Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Lancair Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Lancair IV Type: (i.e. A35): Lancair IV Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Registration: N6ZQ Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Via the POLES How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? South to North Date of departure: December 28, 2014 Point of departure: KISO, North Carolina Date of return to point of departure: January 21, 2015 Point of return: KISO, North Carolina Duration: (days): 24 days Duration: (flying hours): 174.9 Distance flown: 31,119 NM
How many overnight stops did you make? : Overnighted at 8 airports. Some more than one night. How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : 0 How many countries did you visit (count only where overnighted)? : 5 including the US
The route was:
Kinston, NC - Punto Arens, Chile - - Montevideo, Uruguay - Punto Arens, Chile - South Pole - Punto Arens, Chile - Faa'a, Tahiti - Auckland, New Zealand - Honolulu, HI - San Louis Obispo, CA - Fairbanks, AK - North Pole - Kinston, NC.
Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : HF radio for oceanic ATC, Satellite text (Iridium GO) for communications with ground crew. Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? YES, Spidertracks Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : Most obtained ourselves If not, which company did you use?: WorldAirOPs Which insurance company did you use? : Nation Air Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : New Zealand Which was the most difficult? : The polar regions were, of course, the most challenging. Which was the best airport you landed at? : Hamilton, New Zealand, NZHN Which was the worst? : No problems anywhere. Tahiti required 72 hours for a permit and Avgas available only by the barrel but no real problems. People were helpful and freindly everywhere. Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : Yes Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : YES, Speed Around the World over both of the Earth's Poles.
FAI Record: Speed around the World over both Poles, 2015-01-21, 70.29 km/h, Record N° 17406
Did you create a Website about your flight? If so, what is the URL? No webside although there is a Facebook page: ZQPilot.
General remarks about your flight:
One heck of a challenge. A great adventure.
Advice to other pilots:
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Database Flight Number: 562
Last update: May 24, 2021
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