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One Journey Ends, Others Press On

Long distance flight updates

June 24, 2010 — In May, we updated you on several long-distance flights occurring in all manner of general aviation aircraft. Some, like the two Swiss Airline pilots have completed their journey in a pair of Flight Design CT light-sport aircraft, while others, like Michael & Michele Combs, Hans-Jurgen and Wilma Schwerhoff, and Bill Charney, fly on. Meanwhile, Norman Surplus and his damaged gyroplane continue to wait it out in Thailand.

Yannick Bovier and Francisco Agullo

Swiss Pilots Come Home
They’re back! Yannick Bovier and Francisco Agullo returned this past week to where they started - Sion, Switzerland - after flying around the world in a pair of Flight Design CTs from April 30-June 19. The light-sport aircraft were modified to carry 120 gallons of fuel to facilitate the 17-hour legs over water. Overall, the trip took 52 days. They were supported by a team in Switzerland who helped them work out all of the logistics required on such a trip, including weather reports, and acquiring the many permits and permissions needed to fly over or into many different countries. Read about their journey at www.azimut270.ch/en/.

Hope One

Flight for the Human Spirit Reaches 40 States
Michael and Michelle Combs have reached 40 states in their ongoing Flight of the Human Spirit - an effort to inspire millions of people to never, ever give up on their dreams. Flying in a Remos light-sport aircraft named Hope One, they’ve logged 13,442 miles so far, with visits to 90 cities and towns across the United States. Michael and Michelle are at home base in Denton, Texas, for maintenance, and to attend the annual Denton Air Show. “It’s great to be back home, even if it’s only for a week or so,” Michael said. “We only have 10 states and 8,000 miles to go.  If the Western States greet us with as much enthusiasm as the Eastern States, then this flight will really be much more than an historic mission…it will become a journey that will always be regarded as one that lit hearts up from Coast to Coast.” Follow the rest of their flight at www.flighths.com.


‘Captain Biff Windsock’ Reaches Malaysia
Bill Charney, aka “Captain Biff Windsock - the American pilot traveling around the world in search of the perfect blueberry muffin” is continuing on his world flight in his Beech Staggerwing, The Red Rockette. The airplane was sent to New Zealand five years ago for restoration, and Bill has been in the process of bringing it home to the United States “the long way ’round” since April 2009. He is also working with the Young Eagles program and plans to give rides to children who live in the village from which he flew F-86 Sabres during the Vietnam War. Bill has made it to Malaysia and will continue through Asia before heading to the Middle East, Europe, and America. Follow his journey at http://captainbiff.com.


Germany to Germany, Via the Rest of the World
Since April 8 this year, Hans-Jurgen Schwerhoff and his wife, Wilma, have been flying around the world in their Cessna P210N. They started in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and headed southeast through the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and then turned north back through Asia. Their latest stop was Asahikawa, in Northern Japan, and they’ll soon be heading to North America. The Schwerhoffs’ planned route will land them in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Friday, July 30 - just in time for EAA AirVenture’s International Visitors Day. Follow their travels at www.rtw2010-s3.de/.

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