Flying around the world isn’t for the faint of heart. Especially in a general aviation aircraft.
Efficiency expert Bill Harrelson, flying his Lancair IV (N6ZQ), is mid-attempt as I type this. At present, he’s over the Pacific Ocean enroute to Jakarta from Honolulu.
His goal? Beat the current westbound round-the-world record set by Max Conrad in 1961. To do that, he’ll need to land in Ontario, California, before Dec. 17 at 01:33:39 Zulu.
His route includes just five stops:
- Leg 1: Ontario, CA to Honolulu, HI — estimated 13 hours (actual 13 hours, 7 minutes)
- Leg 2: Honolulu, HI to Jakarta, INA — estimated 31 hours
- Leg 3: Jakarta, INA to Capetown, ZA -— estimated 29 hours
- Leg 4: Capetown, ZA to San Juan, PR — estimated 29 hours
- Leg 5: San Juan, PR to Ontario, CA — estimated 18 hours
Bill is no novice when it comes to long distance flight. Be sure to follow along.