It's ambitious, it's unique, and it's subject to change, but it's going to be awesome!
We are going low and slow, and will be making a point of seeking out those hard-to-get-to places that few people get to visit.
June 2022 to August 2023 (approximately 14 months)
Departing Vancouver, BC Canada and touching down in 50+ countries throughout North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia; the exact route will evolve, even as the expedition is underway.
Flying a single engine airplane around the world is in-itself a HUGE undertaking. It’s unclear exactly how many round world flights have been completed by single-engine aircraft, but the number is only a few hundred since the dawn of flight. Far more people have successfully summited Mount Everest than have flown a single engine aircraft around the world.
Most round the world flights are completed with as direct a route as possible, often with temporary auxiliary long-range fuel tanks installed to make long ocean crossings. Most are also completed under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) where the aircraft can climb above weather and travel long distances at high altitude. Flying a single engine aircraft around the world with a family of 5 on-board, maintaining VFR (with visual reference to the surface at all times) and no autopilot is unique, and may never have been achieved before. There are very few single engine aircraft capable of completing this expedition. After carefully reviewing a number of aircraft over the past year, the team settled on the Gippsaero GA8 AirVan.
Read more about out GA8 AirVan HERE
Our intended route is roughly divided into two BIG Stages.
We are currently in stage 1. We left Vancouver, Canada on June 15th 2022 and flew straight up north. We flew around the arctic (and touched down in every province in Canada) before leaving Canada and heading down to Oshkosh Wisconsin for EAA Airventures. From there we flew through the Bahamas and the Caribbean before entering South America in late August. In September we flew from Guyana to Brazil, flew along the Amazon River and explored Bolivia by foot before flying into Argentina. We continued to fly though Argentina, into Patagonia to Ushuaia. From Ushuaia we flew around Cape Horn, into Chile, through Peru, Ecuador and Colombia before entering south America. Currently in Central America, we will continue to head north through Mexico, the United States and Canada before making it to eastern Canada by mid-April in preparation for Stage 2.
In Stage 2 we’ll cross the North Atlantic via Greenland and Iceland in late-April 2023. We intend to spend 2-3 weeks flying across Europe before heading to Egypt, the middle–East, India and onwards to Japan. Next we will travel through Eastern Russia to cross the Bering Strait into Alaska by late-July. We’ll then tour Alaska, the Yukon and northern BC before heading south to Vancouver before the end of August 2023. In total the expedition will cover around 50,000 Nautical miles or over 90,000 kilometers through more than 50 countries.
You can always check our homepage for where we are and where we're heading next!
A global antipode is the exact opposite location of any location in the world.
To truly achieve a RTW (round the world) flight, the team must navigate to two antipodal locations on the planet. Our chosen antipodal locations (at this time) are Lima, Peru and near Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Examples of antipodes