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 flight is currently on hold for the first planned “Back to work” break – resuming June 30th, 2019!
The trip started in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 6th 2019. The route has taken me across the Atlantic to the UK and will continue through Europe, through the Middle East and India into Southeast Asia, onward to Australia and New Zealand and then across the Pacific to the USA to complete the circle.
The flight so far:
- On date: 25th June 2019
- Current location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Hours flown: 53
- Distance flown: 6,926 miles (11,147 km)
The write-up, day by day:
- The Atlantic, Day 1 – Pittsburgh, USA to Chibougamau, Canada
- The Atlantic, Days 2 and 3 – Chibougamau, Canada to Goose Bay, Canada
- The Atlantic, Day 4 – Goose Bay, Canada to Narsarsuaq, Greenland
- The Atlantic, Day 5 – Narsarsuaq, Greenland to Kulusuk, Greenland
- The Atlantic, Day 6 – Kulusuk, Greenland to Keflavik, Iceland
- The Atlantic, Day 7 – Keflavik, Iceland to Vagar, Faeroe Islands
- The Atlantic, Days 8, 9 and 10 – Vagar, Faeroe Islands to Aberdeen, Scotland
- The Atlantic, Day 11 – Aberdeen, Scotland to Carlisle, England
- The Atlantic, Day 12 – Carlisle, England to Laddingford, England
- The Atlantic, Days 13 and 14 – The Scilly Isles, England
- The Atlantic, Days 15 and 16 – Cornwall, England to Snowdonia, Wales
- The Atlantic, Days 17 and 18 – Snowdonia, Wales to Laddingford, England
- The Atlantic, Day 19 – Laddingford, England to Rotterdam, Netherlands
The flight will be 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.
The cost of the flight will be 100% borne by the pilot, meaning that 100% of donated funds go directly to African Promise.
Click here to donate to African Promise.
Support for the flight will be provided by a number of organisations, including General Aviation Support Egypt (GASE). I have worked with GASE on adventurous flights since they were founded, starting back in 2011, and have not yet found a more helpful and capable organisation. They will be assisting with acquisition of flight permits, organising fuel, arranging ground handling, managing in-flight communications, and helping to overcome any other challenges along the way!
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