May 12 - June 5 summary
June 5@Their flight plan for Ugolny/UHMA (920+890NM) has been accepted; not for the fuel transport airplane, carrying 4 barrels of AvGas. Plan back to use Adak/PADK for fuel stop? No, because an extraordinarrily expensive insurance issue popped up. They require a document sent to U.S. Department of Defence, then charge a large amount for insurance. No idea why Skyplan, a Canadian flight management company, let them know earlier.
June 4@The gas has arrived from Alaska on a CASA airlifter in the evening. Because of nasty weather at Adak, AK, they will fly via Anadyr/Ugolny UHMA at the root of Penninsula of Kamchatka instead of Adak in Aluetian Is., then direct to Fairbanks, Alaska at night. Flight Plan permission has already come from Moscow.
June 2@They are stuck at Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka, due to heavy rain and lack of Aviation Gas.
June 3@The custom office at Petropavlovsk is closed. Bad weather anyway.
June 1@Two Piper Mirage's departed Chitose, Japan for Petropavlovsk, Russia. First trouble - no gas at Petropavlovsk?@The Bonanza A-36 departed from Seattle, heading to Yellowknife, Canada where they expect to get together.
May 12@Last all-member planning meeting in Tokyo held at Takanawa Price Hotel. Table top is filled by aeronautical charts.
Around-the-world group flight, just for fun.
Sixteen of AOPA(Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)-Japan members began their flight of lifetime on June 1, 2001. Four aircraft, two Piper Miragefs, a Beech Bonanza, and a Pilatus PC-12 are to circumnavigate the globe to make friends with other IAOPA colleagues, brush up their flying skill(by one of ultimate measures), and most of all, to enjoy the exotic scenery overseas.
Mr. Kozo Takita, president of AOPA-J, stresses:
gOurs is not a record attempt. Just like AOPA-Jfs past overseas group flights to Philippines and Russia, the idea is to fly no more than 8 hours a day, find a good local restaurant at a stop, have fun. No rush on weather. Human factors are important, i.e., no interpersonal conflicts. Overall, I recognize no previous flight like ours.h They had a departure eve feast already, with Russian navigators whose boarding is mandatory for Russian territory flight. They made a special fuel depot to secure Aviation Gas at Russian stop.
Kozo, a veteran IFR pilot, will make a Seattle departure ? destination Fukushima, Japan flight aboard a non-pressurized Beech A-36. A PC-12 will have an Idaho-Idaho flight plan. Two Mirages have taken off out of Hokkaido (north island) on June 1st. They are to stop at Russian peninsula, then make a transpacific to Fairbanks, Alaska, cross northern part of Canada, stop at Greenland during a transatlantic, then to Iceland, UK, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman, India, Vietnam, Philippines, and back to Tokyo. None of the aircraft have a temporarily installed long-range tank. Their longest leg is 967 NM.
You find a variety of talents in this group. To fly with a veteran physician and a top-certification mechanic might make things a little easier. There are non-pilot members also, which include an aviation journalist and AOPA-J secretary. On the ground, as their secretary is flying, one-man AOPA-J base operator, Mr. Imahashi, will update Web page progress report.
Wish they safely complete a challenging and rewarding flight. They expect to return to Japan in July.
Flight plan and progress reports:
AOPA-J English page:
Contact: AOPA-J ground base
text by K. Shimada AOPA-J#0097, AOPA# 01175972, EAA#244236