August 2016 Issue

Eichhorn's Flight Around the World

Adrian Eichhornís journey in the P35 Bonanza he personally rebuilt is a case study in planning, systems, airmanship and risk management.

Somewhere back in the typical GA pilotís mind is the idea of flying a personal airplane over long distances. Maybe across a continent, maybe an ocean. Or around the world. Part of the idea is visiting distant destinations and seeing foreign lands from the perspective only a personal airplane can offer. Another part of it is the challenge, which can be substantial; part of it is bragging rights; part of it is just because you can. However common the idea of flying around the world may be, the typical GA pilot rarely follows through. Whether due to time constraints, finances, lack of a suitable airplane or other responsibilities, the obstacles are just too daunting for the typical GA pilot.

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