Bill Harrelson pictured in his Lancair IV after his polar circumnavigation in January 2015.
On February 20, 2016 – Bill Harrelson, LOBO Oz member and EAA Lifetime member, who successfully circumnavigated the earth via the polar route earlier this year in his modified Lancair IV N6ZQ, will be the featured speaker at the LOBO Oz (Lancair Owners and Builders Organization Australia) fly-in to be held at the NSW Sports Aircraft Club Napper Field airport at Wedderburn over the 19th to 21st February 2016.
“Bill Harrelson had a Walter Mitty dream, one of building an airplane in his hangar and flying it around the world in record time,” said LOBO (USA) President Jeff Edwards. “He fulfilled that dream earlier this year while the world watched his adventure unfold on the Internet.”
In February 2013 Harrelson concluded a record long-distance flight (7,051 nautical miles) flying N6ZQ nonstop from Guam to Jacksonville, Florida. “Bill’s inspirational efforts in designing, building, and flying the plane highlight the unique capabilities and efficiencies of modern homebuilt aircraft when flown by a true aviator,” Edwards added.
Bill and his wife Sue are heading off in their purpose built long range Lancair 1V on a little holiday through the Pacific, and eventually to Australia. How good is it to be able to jump into the aircraft you built, a proven long-range Lancair, of course, and fly it away on holidays to any destination in the world?
Bill and Sue are on their third build at the moment, and I am really looking forward to having them entertain us at LOBO Oz fly-in in February.
If you would like to learn a little about flying for range and LOP operations, or even about flying non-stop for 38 hours, then I could not think of a better person to listen to. Folks, don’t miss this one, as we will put together an interesting program for the weekend.
If you think it is too far to come for a LOBO Oz fly-in, think again – and consider the distance that Bill and Sue will be covering to kindly give their time to our LOBO Oz group. See you then!
LOBO Oz President elect Fred Moreno, along with Gary Burns, will set off early in the morning heading across the Tasman to Christchurch. The plan is to depart Camden, overflying Canberra and then Sydney, before setting course across the Tasman to Christchurch New Zealand.
You will be able to keep an eye on their progress by clicking on this link: https://share.delorme.com/FREDERICKMoreno
The record attempt which has been registered with the FAI will be from both Canberra and Sydney to Christchurch in the piston powered aeroplane class C-1c.
Back in 1998, Gary Burns flew his then, Lancair IV VH-LKG around the world, and is the holder of many records in this very class.
With increasing input from our members, this post includes a video and some of the detail of a tour undertaken by another Lancair (320) owner, Dominic Crain. Dominic explains his purpose and the outcome for his solo circumnavigation of continental Australia undertaken in May-June 2010:
In May 2009, I flew my Lancair 320 VH-CZJ around Australia in an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the Continent. Although the trip was planned coastal, I didn’t follow the deeper gulfs and bays of the coastline, and at its completion, there remained a lack of total satisfaction with the flight.
Late in 2009, I initiated a plan to fly a second solo coastal circumnavigation of continental Australia, again anti-clockwise.
Dominic’s persistence is evident as he performed the third circumnavigation having discovered that the previous 2 did not meet the requirements to be recognised as ‘true reflections of a continental circumnavigation of Australia’.
For this third trip, the statistics from the Garmin track plot and data include:
- Flight time 52 hours 6 minutes;
- Total distance 9806.6 nautical miles ( 18,161.823 Kms);
- Average TAS 195 Kts;
- Average GS 188.23 Kts;
- Fuel used 1895 litres.
Here is a link to his journal – many thanks, Dominic. He also has a video version of the trip, so if you have some time to spare, enjoy the trip around our wonderful land.(How many locations do you recognise?) N.B. the video will not play on mobile devices.
When you have the means, you can cover a lot of ground. Jo Pocklington and Tony Tabart with a Lancair 360 certainly have, and recently offered to share their “Warm-Up Tour of 2013″…
We set off end May 2013 for 10 days to escape the cold of Western Vic, first night with friends near Tocumwal. Warmer there but more drought-affected than our area.
As you can see, Jo and Tony were able to cover a lot of ground, and if you read their ‘diary’ you will discover a lot of interesting places in our vast country that you could plan to visit yourself – Birdsville, Gove, the wetlands surrounding the Mary River, of course, Jabiru and more…
But don’t take my word for it, read all about their trip in ‘Diary of our Warm-up Tour’. Many thanks, Jo and Tony!!
We would love to hear of the travels and experiences of other members. It’s a great opportunity to share information about all the wonderful places we have to visit here in Australia, as well as tips and suggestions about things that worked for you. Just send along a short article about it all, with photos included if possible. Safe travels!