Pilot(s) name(s) First name: Wolfgang Surname: Reichenberger Nationality: Austria
Other people who have completed the full circumnavigation: First name: Monica Surname: Reichenberger Nationality: Brazil
Other people who may have flown part of the journey:
Our son, Stephan Reichenberger (BR/A) between Switzerland and Austria
Peter Steeger and Akihito Kato (Petair) for the intra-Japan legs.
Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon.): Twin Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Diamond Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): Twinstar Type: (i.e. A35): 42NG Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever): Registration: N430PS Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Eastbound How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? North How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? Center Date of departure: July 10, 2018 Point of departure: MYNN Nassau, Bahamas (my base), via KPDK Atlanta Peachtree Date of return to point of departure: May 6, 2019 Point of return: KPDK Duration: (days): ): 10 months , leaving airplane 5 times for 4-8 weeks each at intermediate airports: LOAN oil change, RJOY, NZAR oil change, NSTU prop hit and repair, PHTO headwinds Duration: (flying hours): 190 hours Distance flown: 25,120 NM
How many overnight stops did you make? : 51 How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : 11
How many countries did you visit?: 21 Itinerary:
MYNN KFPR KPDK KRUQ KJYO KSFM CYHZ CYQY CYYT LPHR LPPD LPCS LEZG LSZA LOWI LOAN
Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : HF Radio (Yaesu FT857D, Tuner YT-100), SatPhone Iridium
Hawaii to California, got sent back after 200nm because of insufficient HF signal. Had to fix it before 2nd and successful attempt (problem: trailing antenna had been too short)
Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? No Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : No If not, which company did you use?: RocketRoute Which insurance company did you use? : Allianz Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : USA. Russia was surprisingly easy, thanks to RocketRoute and Streamline Which was the most difficult? : Philippines and Indonesia (culminating in a 2 ½ hours wait for the clearance to fly between those 2 countries). Which was the best airport you landed at? : Customs etc: Hilo HI US, and Halifax NS CAN. Facilities: Sapporo Japan (a shopping and dining paradise) and Ponta Delgada PORT. Which was the worst? : Manado IND. Facilities: Bryansk RUS Have you applied for the FAI Circumnavigator Badge/Are you thinking of doing so? : No Have you set or broken any records during your RTW? : No Did you create a Website of your RTW? If so, what is the URL? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qzBT2EoU8r1iFm5wdgguA?view_as=subscriber
General remarks about your flight:
2-3 years of conceptualizing and planning made it more enjoyable. Made detours to get to places we wouldn"t get otherwise. Had to change route about 10 times for reasons of weather, sickness, prop damage, landing and handling charges (Easter Island-Chile, original plan, was changed to Hawaii-US) .Stay flexible!
JetA was a great plus, many stops had no AvGas, or only on order.
The added security of a twin kept peace of mind on overwater flights: I would have reached land even if I had one engine fail in the middle of my 2020 nm Pacific crossing
Advice to other pilots:
Detailed preparation is fun and makes the tour more enjoyable
Speaking at least some words in the languages where you land is invaluable
Had no global handler, but used Streamline in Russia, and Petair in Japan, both very professional, and correct in their charges
RocketRoute for planning/filing and WFS for Fuel Releases
Wait for best weather, wind, dont be pressed for time!
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Database Flight Number: 653
Last update: May 25, 2021
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