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RA-06345
Pilot(s) name(s)
First name: Mikhail
Surname: Farikh
Nationality: RUSSIA

Other crew/passengers who completed the full circumnavigation:
First name:
Alexander
Surname: Kurylev
Nationality: RUSSIA


RA-06350
Pilot(s) name(s)
First name: Dmitry
Surname: Rakitsky
Nationality: RUSSIA

Other crew/passengers who completed the full circumnavigation:
First name: Vadim
Surname: Melnikov
Nationality: RUSSIA

Other people who may have flown part of the journey:
Cameraman
First name: Dmitry
Surname: Kubasov
Leg(s) flown: From Bunkovo, Russia to Sisimiut, Greenland; from Fairbanks, AK, USA to Bunkovo, Russia (he didn’t have a Canadian visa)


Class of Aircraft: (single, twin, homebuilt, helicopter, ultra light, balloon…) Helicopter
Brand: (i.e.: Beechcraft): Robinson
Model: (i.e.: Bonanza): R66
Type: (i.e. A35): R66
Name of aircraft if any (ie. Spirit of the Wind, or whatever):
Registration: RA-06345
Route (Eastbound, Westbound, via the Poles): Westbound
How did you cross the Atlantic Ocean (North, Centre, South)? North (Scotland, Faroe islands, Iceland, Greenland, Canada)
How did you cross the Pacific Ocean (North, Centre, South)? North (Nome, Alaska, USA - Providenia Bay,Russia)
Date of departure: 2 August 2013
Point of departure: Bunkovo Heliport (UUMR), Moscow region, Russia
Date of return to point of departure: 17 September 2013
Point of return: Bunkovo Heliport (UUMR), Moscow region, Russia
Duration: (days): 44 days
Duration: (flying hours): 220 hours
Distance flown: 39, 448 KM


How many overnight stops did you make? : 43
How many any additional refuelling stops, if any? : 23
How many countries did you visit (count only where overnighted)? : 12
Itinerary:
02.08.13 – Estonia; 03.08.13-05.08.13 – Norway; 05.08.13-08.08.13 – Italy;
08.08.13-10.08.13 – Spain; 10.08.13-11.08.13 – Portugal; 11.08.13-12.08.13 – Spain;
2.08.13-13.08.13 – France; 13.08.13-16.08.13 – UK; 16.08.13-19.08.13 – Iceland;
19.08.13-20.08.13 – Greenland; 20.08.13-30.08.13 – Canada; 30.08.13-01.09.13 – USA;
02.09.13-14.09.13 – Russia.


Means of communication used: HF Radio, sat telephone, e-mail by HF radio, other? : VHF, Iridium sat phone
Did you use any satellite tracking system? Which one ? SPOT
Flight clearances: did you obtain them all, or part of them, yourself? : We obtain all our clearances by oursleves.
Which insurance company did you use? : Ingosstrakh, Russia
Which was the easiest country or region that you flew through? : Europe, except Norway
Which was the most difficult? : INorway, Russia, North Atlantic
Which was the best airport you landed at? : Abbotsford, Canada (CYXX)
Which was the worst? : Olekminsk, Russia (UEMO)
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? : No
Did you create a Website about your flight? If so, what is the URL? www.Vokrugsveta2013.ru

General remarks about your flight:
There were two brand-new R66 helicopters with less than 100 hrs each before start. No floats so we used life rafts and suites while crossed the North Atlantic. We used aux fuel tanks located at luggage compartment and could fly up to 5 hrs without refuelling. The most difficult problem in the flight was to get a TSA (USA) permission to cross Alaska – there is a special NOTAM: Russian registry aircrafts can fly in the US airspace IFR only, and R66 is not approved for IFR. We had 43 overnight stops – but our friends spent 44 nights at the same period of time. It’s because we started at 11:00 a.m. 01.09.13 at Nome, Alaska and landed 3 hours later at 10:00 a.m. 02.09.13 at Providenia Bay, Russia. The weather en route was good enough – we didn’t lose even 10 minutes because of the weather in the whole flight.


Advice to other pilots:
R66 seems a good machine to make long distance flights. Jet A-1 is available everywhere and is not so expensive like AVGAS. The main problem for Russian Earthrounders is crossing the US airspace VFR, the main problem for others is the same about Russia…

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Database Flight Number: 551



 
Last update: February 1, 2015
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