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Pilot(s) name(s)
First name:Michael
Surname: SMITH
Nationality: Australia
Other people who may have flown part of the journey:


Nation: Australia
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon.: Sigle amphibian
Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Searey
Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Searey
Type: (i.e. A35): L5X
Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Southern Sun
Registration: N473XP
Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): West
How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? North
How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? North
Date of departure: April 12, 2015
Point of departure: Melbourne, Australia
Date of return to point of departure: November 14, 2015
Point of return: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: (days): 201 days
Duration: (flying hours): 480 hours
Distance flown: 31500 NM


How many overnight stops did you make? : a few
How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : 25
Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : SAT PHONE,
Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? SPIDERTRACKS
Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : Only Israel
If not, which company did you use?: White Rose and Peter Steeger for Japan
Which insurance company did you use? : QBE, Australia
Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : USA
Which was the most difficult? : Japan but very polite
Which was the best airport you landed at? : Lake Como in Italy
Which was the worst? : Ambon in Indonesia
Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : Yes, planning to do so.
Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : Yes
Did you create a Website of your RTW? If so, what is the URL? www.southernsun.voyage

General remarks about your flight:
Low ans slow. Followed flying boats route where I could


Advice to other pilots:
Get a Diesel engine!


Please indicate here if you agree that we may use the information contained here on the Earthrounders website: YES


Database Flight Number: 566


Last update: May 25, 2021
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