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How do you set a world record?
o Join your country’s national aeronautical sporting organization (in the USA, this is the National Aeronautic Association, http://www.naa-usa.org) and obtain a sporting license
o Apply through the NAA for a “permit” – this grants you a period of time (usually 90 days) in which you will attempt to set the record; no one else may obtain the sanction for that record until it expires or you have completed your attempt
o Fly around the world (either eastbound or westbound – those are two separate records) at an average speed greater than 69.87 kilometers per hour (eastbound) or 69.99 kilometers per hour (westbound). Those times were both set in 2000 by
the late Hans Georg Schmid, a captain with Swissair airlines, in his personal Long-EZ aircraft
o According to the sporting rules of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (http://www.fai.org), for a flight to compete for a
round-the-world speed record, it must cover a distance no less than the length of the Tropic of Cancer, cross all meridians, and end on the same airfield where it started.
Do you hold any other world records?
o Yes - speed over a recognized course, Ontario California to Portland Maine. I flew this nonstop July 13, 2015.
How long will it take you to fly around the world?
o About 19-20 days from first takeoff to final landing, depending on eventual route
Why use this airplane?
o The Cozy was specifically designed for flying for long distances at relatively high altitudes and speeds
o It is very efficient – most airplanes of any type cannot achieve the 26-30 nautical miles per gallon over the ground made possible by this design
o It is comfortable for very long flights
o I already own it for personal travel
How do you choose a route?
o The ideal route has stops in as few foreign countries as feasible to reduce risk of issues with customs or other bureaucratic obstacles, relatively balanced length legs for consistent flying times day after day, a selection of safe places to land in an emergency (or at least reasonable proximity to SAR bases), stops with the proper fuel (100LL avgas), and no (or minimal) overnight legs. No route around the world has all of these – much of the flying is over open ocean so the challenge is to find the right combination of factors to reduce risk and "stack the deck" in favor of success whenever possible.
When is the attempt?
o Probably May-June, 2017.
How much will the project cost?
o Upgrades to the plane (auxiliary fuel system, satcom capability, cameras and data storage, additional safety and survival equipment) will total about $7000 beyond the $82,000 I have invested so far.
o The flight itself will cost between $28,000 and $32,000 per plane, depending on actual route flown, comprised of fuel, overflight and landing permits for countries where we stop for fuel and rest, and food/lodging at 10-11 stops over 19-20 days
Why might I become a sponsor, and how do I go about it?
o By partnering, you play a direct part in a world-record attempt for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the planet, breaking a record that has stood for more than 16 years. Your brand becomes associated with an aviation world record.
o You can choose from a variety of sponsorship levels, each with unique brand elevation opportunities. To discuss possible partner sponsorships, please reach out to us via the "Contact" page.