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Old 05-31-2018, 10:15 PM
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Default Round the World in a RV-9A

Hello VAF:

I have been very busy preparing N944JK for her round the world (RTW) journey, and I am finally ready.

Tomorrow, I will depart Concord, CA heading east on a flight around the world in my Vans RV-9A. The route covers: US, Canada, Greenland, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Bahrain, UAE, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Vanuatu, American Samoa, Kiribati, Hawaii and Concord. The first leg will be non-stop 1500 nm from Concord, CA to Oshkosh, WI.

The plane was completed in 2015 and it took 9 years to build. It has flown 280 hours since then and has visited 17 states and Oshkosh in 2016.

I wish to thank the following RTW pilots: Jon Johanson (RV-4), Manuel Queiroz (RV-6) , Hank Cheng (RV-8) and William Randolph (RV-8) for providing inspiration, guidance, and answering my many questions about preparation and the logistics of flying around the world. Many RV pilots at Concord (KCCR) also helped me along the path: Ed Neffinger, Bill Black, and Ernst Freitag. Thank you!

My web site and blog are located at:

If any VAF members are around, I would be delighted to meet you when I pass through KOSH or KMPV.

I will try my best to update you as I go.

At this stage, the plan is as follows (U.S.):

June 1-2: KOSH (Oshkosh, WI)
June 3: KMPV (Montpelier, VT)
June 5: KBGR (Bangor, ME)

I hope meet some of you en-route!

John Koehler
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:43 PM
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Good luck, drop in and say hello when you pass through Sydney Australia

Eddie Seve
Sydney Australia
First Flight 16th July 2012
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960 hrs April 2019
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:48 PM
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Good luck on your adventures, one for the records for sure!
Jereme Carne
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Fuselage almost done
Finish kit arrived
Exempt but gladly paying!
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Old 06-01-2018, 02:00 AM
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Great Adventure,

if you ever pass by in Switzerland I would be happy to welcome you.

Cheers Yves
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:53 AM
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All the best on your journey. Godspeed!
RV6 #20477 completed 1991 sold.
RV7 #72018 N767T first flight 11/21/2017 200+ hrs.
IO-360M1B MT 3 blade, Dual AFS 5600 QUICK Panel.
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2019 dues gladly paid.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:34 AM
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Best of Luck to you and "May"...may she bring you home from a wonderful adventure! Looking forward to updates on your progress.
Bob Martin
RV-6, 0-360 Hartzell C/S, Tip up, 1150+TT
James extended cowl/plenum, induction, -8VS and Rudder. TSFlightline hoses. Oregon Aero leather seats.
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Louisa, Virginia KLKU N94TB
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:03 AM
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Default Green.

I am turning green. It is good to hear another one of the RV guys is getting a chance to be a Rounder. I hope you get a chance to let us know how it was and how you got it done. Best of wishes and any help we can offer, Yours as always, R.E.A. III # 80888
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:14 AM
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Cool beans! A great adventure.
Steve Melton
Cincinnati, OH
RV-9A, Tip-up, Superior O-320, roller lifters, 160HP, WW 200RV, dual impulse slick mags, oil pressure = 65 psi, EGT = 1300F, flight hours = 700+ for all

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Old 06-01-2018, 07:28 AM
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Oh man, I'm so jealous....

I built my airplane along the same timeframe (2008-2016) with the same intended purpose, missed you at Osh 2016 apparently, and I'm sitting here this morning plotting routes for my own RTW trip. Not sure when I'll be able to take off and fly it, with a 4-year old at home that wouldn't understand me being gone that long, it will likely have to wait a few more years.

Good luck, and I'll definitely want to talk with you when you make it back!
Greg Niehues - PPSEL, IFR, Repairman Cert.
Garden City, TX VAF 2019 dues paid
N16GN flying 400 hrs and counting! Built an off-plan 9A with too much fuel and too much HP. Should drop dead any minute now.
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:27 PM
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Good luck to you John. It looks like your journey is well planned and financially supported. Watch the weather and try to have as much fun on the way as possible. Make a circle around Australia for me. Just one. We will be watching.
Where is N666BK?

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