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Update: LSA around-the-world flight complete! 8/27/09

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Dan Barnes
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#1 Posted: 8/26/2009 22:44:34

Mike Blyth and James Pitman are back over land in South Africa. Home soon after 39 days including their stop at OSH09.

Nothing short of amazing!

There's a very nice website for the flight with realtime GPS tracking:

http://www.airplanefactory.co.za/world/default.asp





Dan Barnes
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#2 Posted: 8/27/2009 08:35:30

Home now after 27,000 miles and 250 flight hours.



Tom Poberezny
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#3 Posted: 8/27/2009 16:17:49 Modified: 8/28/2009 08:26:10

Congratulations to these guys... great job!  This is a big boost for Light Sport Aviation.



Russ Zimmerman
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#4 Posted: 8/27/2009 16:44:57

I followed their progress the last few days of their trip on google maps.  It was really exciting watching the little plane icon move along the flight path toward their next destination.

And Tom, it's really great to see a post from you in here.



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Reggie Smalls
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#5 Posted: 8/28/2009 07:41:37

This is a great achievement, in a light airplane, new design.  I would love to fly round the world one day.



Anthony Pretorius
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#6 Posted: 8/28/2009 11:54:18

Congratulations Mike and James. Considering you guys designed this good looking LSA, fitted it with a Rotax 912, then gave this plane the range to fly accross vast distances of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, with 2 people on board, and then you succeeded too,  is a truly remarkable feat that I'm sure will go down as one of the great aviation and LSA achievements in the history of the EAA community.

Anthony Pretorius EAA 148742



Dan Barnes
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#7 Posted: 9/10/2009 21:36:50

Mike and James have a set of Q&A videos up now.

Among the things they recount is the total cost of the trip -- about $20,000.