Wayne Matthews landed Thorp S18 ZK-WMT this morning after circumnavigating all 3 major islands of NZ clear of all land NON STOP. Point to point circumnavigation time 15hrs 53 minutes. Night time 7.8 hours. VFR whole flight.
Previous record 16hrs 42 minutes but not clear if that was non stop or elapsed time between refuels.
This was intended as a shake down forthe additional long - range systems prepared for Waynes intended trip to the USA. Unfortunately he reports that additional US bureaucracy is making this trip less likely. seems as though the yanks are expecting a lot of Terrorists flying trans-oceanic light aircraft to be an imminent threat to security!
Wayne certainly kept the circumnavigation quiet, as there was no mention of it during SportAvex - the fact that all the long range tanks were filled might have tipped me off if I had thaught about it! (He was doing feed tests en route to and from Tauranga). that is howver his way of doing all his previous long range flights - tell people afterwards, not before....
Well done Wayne!
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Post by Peter Lewis on Feb 21, 2008 21:09:33 GMT 12
Wayne has told me he is building up to 32 hours fuel in the Thorp (if I remember it correctly). The Australian chap who flew an RV-4 trans-polar some years ago built it with a wet wing. That took it up to about a 60 hour endurance. Awe-inspiring!
Retirement is something for the young. Once you are old you never seem to have the time.
That is a great effort in a great little aeroplane. Late 60's/early 70's Don Taylor circumnavigated the world in a T18 (original non-folding wing version), and in 1976 Clive Canning did an Australia-UK return flight in VH-CMC. For that trip,a ferry tank was fitted in the passenger seat leaving little room for the pilot. He was quite a guy and inspired a couple of us to also build Thorp's.