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Pilot(s) name(s)
First name: Wolfgang
Surname: Reichenberger
Nationality: Austria

Crew/Solo: Crew

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

LOAN EPLB UUBP UWKD USSS UNNT UNKL UIII UIAA UHBB UHHH RJCC RJOY

RJOY RJFK RJFC RJKA ROIG RPLC RPVM WAMM WPDL YPDN YHOO YAYE YCBP YPAD YMMB YMPQ YLHI NZAA NZAR

NZAR NZKK YSNF NWWW NVVW NFFN NFTV NIUE NSTU PLCH PHTO KMRY KVGT UT25 KSKX KSWO KPDK KFXE


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 ˝ 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, don’t be pressed for time!



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Database Flight Number: 653



 
Last update: May 10, 2019
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