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The 11th Earthrounders Meeting will
take place in Switzerland from
22nd to 27th September 2020.
We have been invited by Daniel and Sarah Ramseier of the Handiflight Group.
A short video shows their activities:
and their RTW project:

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Details will be published here
as soon as they are available.
Please keep checking this space.
Looking forward at meeting you all there.


Serkan Zalaltuntas and Meltem Zalaltuntas are planning a circumnavigation from Istambul on first week of June 2020.
Edwin Galkinis planning his 4th RTW with Mark Seeman, departing 47N on March 25, 2020.

Donald McCulloch (RTW 1986) is planning another RTW in his Aerostar in 2020.
Ross Edmondson departed as planned from KPJC (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) on May 6th, 2019 in his C182 and is now in Bahrain.
Aarohi Pandit has already completed close to 50% of her circumnavigation in a LSA, a Pipistrel Sinus 912, VT-NBF . She took off from Patiala, India in July 2018.
Barry & Sandra Payne departed Taupo (NZ) on April 28, 2019 in Commanche ZK-BAZ.
The Handiglight team (2 CTLS and a Commache) has left Geneva on November 18, 2018.
Dr. Bo Zhang second RTW in his DA42 NG, N821ZB.
Wolfgang Reichenberger in a Diamond DA42NG, N430PS, landed in Atlanta.
Jack Long and his crew completed their third RTW in Jack's PC12/45 N575C.
Georges Adam (RTW 2017, 2018) on his third RTW
Stevan Mommertz completed his flight in memory of John T Kounis in N6275E.
Jack Long and Josh Marvil are on their third RTW in a PC12, N575PC.

Roland Szász, and Zoltan Fülöp have landed at Targu Mures Airport in Transylvania. in their PA46-350P, 'Transylvania Maverick' , T7-HEY.
Dr. Edwin Galkin (RTW 1988 and RTW 2004) and Martin Balk have landed on November 0, 2018 on Edwin Galkin third RTW,
Luke Lyson in a Cirrus DF50 Vision Jet. He landed at Renton KRNTon Novemeberber 16th, 2018.
Logan Tinley, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, cpmpleted his RTW in his Mooney Ovation N9159Q.
Fahr Alam landed his RTW from Clearwater Florida on November 1, 2018 in a Pilatus PC 12, N9854Z.

Mason William Andrews landed at Monroe Regional Airport, Louisiana, on 6th October 2018 onboard N7278C / PA32R
Andrey Borisevich and Alexander Tsenter in their Cessna 182T, EW-490LL
Georg and Tim Kraus in D-EMDT.
John Koehler in his RV-9 A
Three Russian sea planes with 7 crews are flying along the Northern Polar Circle.
Olivier Ruedin in a P46T.
Ruben Dias and Mischa Gelb in a Robinson R66 Turbine.
Dejeou Chou and William Archer Eclipse 500, N287WM.
German Hucke in his PA-46, CC-AQZ
Georges Adam in his PC-12/45 C-GSAG
Peter Wilson and Matthew Gallagher in a Robinson 66 Turbine Helicopter


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November 11, 2015: Bruce Andrews wants to buy a 160 gallon Turtle-Pac tank.
Full details on the messages page

August 31, 2015: Ron Siwik (RTW 2008) is selling his Bonanza tip tanks.

August 19, 2015: Heinz Peier is selling several items (Iridium phone, rescue Suit, etc).

August 11, 2015: I am looking for a pilot interested in joining me on a round- the-world trip by a two-engine plane

June 20, 2014; From Wolf Shroen: We still have 5 x 55-gal drums of Avgas for sale in Adak. Any interested parties can email me at wolf_schroen(at)

January 14, 2014: Looking to buy or rent ferry tank or 'Dolly Paton' tanks with 120+ gallon capacity for Beechcraft Bonanza (A36).
Please contact by email:
Indiana, USA
Cell: 317.809.4229


Flying 7 Continents Solo by Harry R. Anderson





POLAR FIRST by Jennifer Murray

GREAT CIRCLE, The World Eastbound by Stephan and Nicolas Perren

The new FAI Circumnavigator Badge.
Have you applied for your Badge yet ???

Click here for details.
And list of holders


First recipient of the Earthrounders Gold Star Award for Web Site excellence.
Details of the Award

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Welcome to

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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Sheasta Waiz's Bonanza A36
RTW 2017

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Database N° 622

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September 16, 2019:

From Art Mortvedt:
Steve Brooks and his superb 'Silver Spitfire' was passing thtough Alaska on their way to Russia.
Photo taken on the ramp in Fairbanks.
Thank you Art.
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September 8, 2019:

Many thanks to John Koehler for printing a batch of Earthrounders Stickers.
They will be available during the Switzerland Meeting in 2020.

Thank you John.

September 7, 2019:

Sincere congratulations to Daniel Ramseier for the completion of his RTW in his Piper Comanche HB-OVW. He landed today in Geneva, Switzerland.
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September 7, 2019:

Sincere congratulations to Anil Bhalla for the completion of his RTW in his Cessna 182, C-GWST from Oshawa, ON, Canada (Jul 1, 2018 to Jul 9, 2019).
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August 16, 2019:

Sincere congratulations to Harry Anderson for the completion of his second RTW with his Columbia N788W, this time through Russia, China and Kazakhstan.
Larger pictures and Map of Harry's International Flights

August 16, 2019:
From Daniel Ramseier, our host in Switzerland in 2020:
The Handiflight is back in the air. They are approaching Easter Island.
Wishing them tail winds and blue skies...

August 6, 2019:
A RTW with a difference...
Two British pilots, Steve Brooks, 58 yo. and Matt Jones, 45 yo. are planning to fly around the World in a WWII Spitfire, the Silver Spitfire, G-IRTY. They plan to leave from Goodwood Airport in the UK and to finish in December.
Wishing them fair weather and blue skies.

July 25, 2019:
From John Koelher (RTW 2018) in Oshkosh:
My plane is prominently displayed at the intersection of Knapp and the P-1 taxiway with the Earthrounders logo on the tail.
I plan a group photo of Earthrounders on Friday 26 at 10am.
Also, I printed out Earthrounders stickers to hand out.

July 24, 2019:
From Serkan Zalaltuntas:
Hello everyone,
Myself and my partner are looking for an Piper Arrow IV, Mooney MJ series etc. aircraft, our budget is around $55.000 to $60.000.
If you have something like that please contact us
Thank you so much

July12, 2019:
Travis Ludlow of the UK is trying to be the youngest pilot around the World.
The present record is held by Mason Williams Andrews of the USA. He flew around the World at 18 years, 5 months and 10 days.
Travis is now 16 years of age.
Good luck.

July 6, 2019:
A RTW with a difference:
Aarohi Pandit has already completed close to 50% of her circumnavigation in a LSA, a Pipistrel Sinus 912, VT-NBF . She and her co-pilot Keithair Misquitta took off from Patiala, India in July 2018. Pandit is now in Canada.
Thanking Debkanya Dhar for the information.

June 24, 2019:
Sincere congratulations to Dr. Bo Zhang for the successful completion of his second RTW in his DA42 NG, N821ZB.
He landed on June 9th at the Lewis University Airport (KLOT).

Thanking Tony Xue for the information.

June 19, 2019:
Sincere congratulations to Curió Vital and Matthias Reinacher for the successful completion of their RTW in a King Air C90A, D-IIKM.
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May 16, 2019:
The Seattle World Cruiser Project, celebrating the first 1924 circumnavigation of the globe by air, is planning a flight around the globe in the Seattle II, a replica of one of the four Douglas World Cruisers. Only two of the four World Cruisers completed the flight (Chicago and New Orleans).
Donations are welcome.
Thanking Robert Gannon for the information.
(The 1924 World Flight is told by Lowell Thomas in his famous book: The Firrst World Flight).

May 12, 2019:
Fifty years ago, on May 12, 1969, Cliff Tait departed Hamilton in New Zealand for his flight around the World in Miss Jacy, an Airtourer AESL114, ZK-CXU.
Cliff wrote the story of the flight in a book:The Flight of the Kiwi.
Happy anniversary Cliff and Joyce.
Details of the flight
Database Flight Number: 477

May 12, 2019:
Edwin Galkin (RTW 1998,2004, 2018) is planning his 4th flight around the World in his C210 N2160S with Mark Seeman. The flight will again be raising awareness and contributions for Alzheimer’s disease.
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May 7, 2019:
Sincere congratulations to Wolf Reichenberger and his wife Monica for the successful completion of their three parts RTW. They landed yesterday at their airport of departure, Atlanta GA, PDK.

May 7, 2019:
Message from Rolf Frieden (RTW 2009):
As a RTW pilot, I am actually planning to put my fully equipped, beloved and trusty Comanche 260C HB-PON on the market.
Full details

April 29, 2019:
Barry and Sandra Payne have departed Taupo (New Zealand) in their Piper Comanche ZK-BAZ for '50 flights around the World'.
Thanking Bob Bates for the news.

April 29, 2019:
Message from Max Reason:
I am planning a long flying journey that may become an all the way around the world journey...
Please read the full message HERE

April 16, 2019:
Congratulations to Jack Long and his crew for the completion of their third RTW in Jack's PC12/45 N575PC.
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Their final blog...

April 13, 2019:
From Ross Edmondson:
On May 6th, 2019 I plan to set off from KPJC (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) in my C182 to fly eastbound around the World.

April 12, 2019:
Sincere congratulations to Stefan Mommertz for the completion of his flight around the World in memory of John T Kounis in N6275E, in a C185 Sky Wagon. He landed back in Germany a short time ago.
Watch Stephan Mommertz being interviewed by Klipp TV in the Philippines
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April 12, 2019:
Sincere congratulations to Georges Adam (RTW 2017, 2018) for the completion of his third RTW with his copilot Luc Sagniéres. From March 3 to April 5.>

March 25, 2019:
Dr. Bo Zhang (RTW 2016) is preparing for a second RTW, this time he will fly his twin DA42, N821ZB, from Lewis University Airport in Chicago (KLOT), with a take off planed for April 2nd.

March 23, 2019:
From John Koehler (RTW 2018):
I just received notification that my speed records (ID 18605 and ID 18706) have been approved by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) in Switzerland as World records and the FAI Circumnavigation Diploma, Eastbound.
Sincere congratulations.
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A reminder on how the FAI Circumnavigator Diploma can be obtained is HERE.

. March 13, 2019:
Message from Serkan Zalaltuntas:
We are looking for an aircraft (could be Cirrus, Mooney etc.) to prepare our world tour next year. Out budget is around 40k € so if you have something suits like that, please let us know. Also, if you have something special on your mind, please let us know as well.

February 17, 2019:
The new Handiflight Team about to depart from Jandakot Airport, Western Australia.
Next stop: the mining town of Kalgoorlie.
February 17, 2019.
Wishing them fair winds and blue skies.
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February 8, 2019:
Easter Island has introduced new charges, and asks US$ 14.70 per minute (!) for operations outside the official opening times of the airport, which are normally around 10-17h.
Thank you to WR for this valuable information.

February 6, 2019:
Daniel Ramaseier of the 'Handiflight' team is visiting Claude Meunier while in Perth WA, in what young Bob Bates calls 'the Center of the Universe', aka Grass Valley in Western Australia.
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February 3, 2019:
At the traditional Earthrounders ski week in Champery, Switzerland, (Chez Angela & Flemming) we only managed to get 6 Earthrounders on the same 'perch'
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January 28, 2019
We are all very sad to learn of Wayne Collins passing away. He died in his sleep last Saturday. He was a WWII veteran and retired as a Captain in the US Navy. He flew twice around the World in his Vee Tail Bonanaza, N8502T, 'Kangahorn' in 1986 and in 1990 accompagnied by Charles Key.
For many years, Wayne had been our 'nonagenarian' pilot. He was born in 1924.
Our sincere condolences to his family and friends


Collins being interviewed by KTBS.

Wood County Airport (KJDD) in Mineola, TX, was renamed 'Collins Field' to honour Collins.
Details and another interview of Collins

January 8, 2019
A very emotional Memorial Service for Wei Chen.:
Read the Earthrounders Tribute and Obituary:

A celebration of Mike's life will be held on Saturday January 19, 2019 at 11am at the Morningstar Flying Club, Cape Town, South Africa.
MICHAEL LOMBERG "Celebration of Life" in South Africa

December 31, 2018:
More sad news:
We are so sad to inform you of the death of our friend Mike Lomberg due to the accident that happened shortly before he landed at Bang Phra Airport in Thailand.
Sincere condolences to his family and to the Handiflight team

December 31, 2018:
Congratulations to Ed Galkin for the completion of his third RTW. He landed in New Jersey on November 30, 2018. His previous RTWs were in 1988 and 2004.
Also congratulations to his copilot Marty Balk for his first RTW.
Ed was flying the very same Cesna 210, N2160S, he used for his previous RTWs.

December 29, 2018:
Information for the Memorial Service for Wei Chen:
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery at 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119.
Memorial services will start at 10 am, on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at the University of Memphis Rose Theater, 470 University, Memphis, TN 38111.
Burial services for family only will immediately follow the memorial.
The Chen family will greet friends and colleagues during the Friday visitation services.

December 28, 2018:
From Jack Long (RTW 2015, 2017):We are about 1/3 through our third RTW, Westbound this time. We (Josh Marvil and I) hope to be the first people to get FAI's West, East, and Polar diplomas.
It took more than a year, but we did finally get the FAI polar diploma (only ones to get it so far).

FAI Polar Diploma
The Long's Blog is here:
(The flying oriented posts are " By Jack." The travel oriented posts are " By Carolyn." )
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December 27, 2018:
Thanking Young Bob Bates for information on Stefan Mommertz' s flight in his C185 Sky Wagon, N6275E,: 'The John T Kounis Memorial World Flight':
After having completed the world circumnavigation in Borneo, it's time to bring 75E back to Germany.
Stephan Mommertz being interviewed by Klipp TV in the Philippines

December 21, 2018:
The Earthrounders community is in mourning.
It is with great sadness that we now have confirmation that Wei Chen was killed in the accident of his Citation N188CW shortly after take off from Atlanta, GA.
Wei flew around the World in 2011 in his TBM 700, N168CW. He was our host in Zhengzhou in April 2018.
He was a well known and respected member of the Memphis community and a very successful businessman.
He will be missed by all.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends

We wish a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all Earthrounders, their families and friends and all Earthrounders-to-be.

Happy landings, blue skies, low landing fees, tail winds, Peace on Earth, and all this kind of good things....

Hope we can all meet again, this time probably in Switzerland....

December 11, 2018:
From Robert De Laurentis (RTW 2015):
I have an Iridium Sat Phone I would like to sell with all the accessories. I am asking $400.
My phone number is 619-368-9410.

Please reply to: Robert De Laurentis
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Details on Robert De Laurentis' book: 'Zen Pilot' can be seen here.

December 7, 2018:
Many thanks to Jorge Cornish for a new video of the 2011 Earthrounders Meeting in Vienna, Austria.

December 7, 2018:
Congratulations to Roland Szász, and Zoltan Fülöp for the completion of their RTW in their Malibu Mirage T7-HEY.
They landed at Targu Mures Airport (LRTM) on December 5, 2018.

Photo of their Malibu Mirage

December 6, 2018:
Congratulations to Dr. Edwin Galkin & Martin Balk for the completion of Dr. Galkin third RTW (1988 and 2004) in the same Cessna Centurion N2160S. They landed on November 30, 2018.
Many thanks to Andrew R, for the information.

November 26, 2018:
Many thanks to Harry Anderson (RTW 2011) for sending this You Tube video of his solo flight over the North Pole in his Lancair Columbia N788W.
It can be viewed here:
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November 21, 2018:
Congratulations to Luke Lysen for the completion of his RTW in his Cirrus DF50 Vision Jet, N9943H. He landed back at Renton, Washington on Friday, November 16.
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November 20, 2018:
Yesterday, Handiflight Around the World set off on their long mission.
Two CTLS aircraft equipped with hand controls (HB-WYA and HB-WYB), that will be flown by paraplegic pilots Mike Lomberg (South Africa), Guillaume Féral (France) and Paolo Pocobelli (Italy), with a following Comanche (HB-OVW), departed Geneva for Verona. Their aim is to change people's perception of disability and combat prejudices. They are courageous and well-humoured guys.
Follow them on their site
or on Facebook
or track their flight on: "
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If they are coming to your area, please give them a warm welcome!

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