The flying career of a wandering private pilot
After obtaining a Private Pilots’s Licence in 2005, I decided that it must be possible to use it for more than the occasional local flight for a cup of tea. So, with very little experience, and a similar amount of guidance, I set off to see if it could be done. It soon became clear that a number of other private pilots had the same ideas, although making up a tiny fraction of the overall pilot population. What was missing was shared information on their experiences, the tips and tricks that ease this kind of endeavor. Hence, this website: to chronicle my adventures, and hopefully provide helpful information and advice to those wishing to do the same thing.
The site is intended firstly for other pilots, keen to make similar trips, to take ideas and tips from and secondly as a way for me to chronicle the experiences for my own reflection.
You can click here to visit the index of all flying adventures so far.
Round the World
The trip started in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 6th 2019. The route has taken me across the Atlantic to the UK, through Europe, the Middle East and India into Southeast Asia, and onward to Australia and New Zealand. It will continue across the Pacific to the USA to complete the circle.
The flight so far:
- On date: 26th October 2020
- Location: Ardmore, New Zealand
- Hours flown: 335
- Distance flown: 42,234 miles (67,969 km)
- Countries visited: 30
- Airports visited: 188
The write-up, day by day:
Section 1: The Atlantic.
Click here to read the day-by-day write-up of section 1.
Section 2: Eurasia
Click here to read the day-by-day write-up of section 2.
Section 3: SE Asia
Click here to read the day-by-day write-up of section 3.
Section 4: Australia
Click here to read the day-by-day write-up of section 4.
Section 5: New Zealand
Click here to read the day-by-day write-up of section 5.
Section 6: Return to New Zealand
- NZ 2, Part 1: Great Barrier Island
- NZ 2, Part 2: Nelson
- NZ 2, Part 3: Queenstown
- NZ 2, Part 4: Auckland and New Plymouth
- NZ 2, Part 5: Nelson and Christchurch
- NZ 2, Part 6: South Island adventures
- NZ 2, Part 7: Wellington and Nelson
- NZ 2, Part 8: Nelson to Ardmore
Section 7: Australia part two
Section 8: The Pacific
Coming once COVID restrictions allow.
The flight is being used as an opportunity to direct support to the charity “African Promise“, an organisation dedicated to supporting and enhancing primary education in Kenya. African Promise currently works with 7 target schools in Kenya, serving around 2,700 children. Over the 10 years they have been running so far they have upgraded 75 class-rooms, supplied more than 15,000 text books, and provided more than 1.5 million school meals. Their building and redevelopment programme includes the construction of classrooms, libraries, resource/computer labs, dining halls and kitchens, staff-rooms and offices, teacher housing, and toilets/washrooms. They also create playground areas, install rainwater harvesting facilities, and provide furniture and equipment.
100% of donated funds go directly to African Promise; none are used for the flight.
Click here to donate to African Promise.
Click here to read more about the flight.