Originally Posted by deltamike
My hats off to Ron.
What kind of preparations did Ron do for the journey? Can you share a little more on fuel, flight planning, survival gear?
I called round to see Ron before I left on my trip across the pond. He is borrowing the auxiliary tank that Manuel Queiroz used on his RV-6 round the world flight. I doubt he needs to fill it to the level required for the Hawaii to California leg!
We used the Mustang MSF300
dry suits on the over water legs. There's an outfit at both Wick, Scotland and Goose Bay, Canada that does one or two way rentals of dry suits, liferafts and lifevests.
I think Ron used White Rose Aviation to arrange his permits etc, though it can all be done yourself with a little effort and research.
Unfortunately, I will be missing Oshkosh this year while the RV-8 is getting re-certified; but I'm sure you'll give him a good welcome when he arrives.
Another recent notable crossing was Andy McKee in his Silence Twister - G-FUUN who was following a few days behind our group on a similar route. He's currently in Toronto on his way to OSH