Matt Guthmiller on the last leg of his round-the-world trip

Check out www.limitless-horizons.org and (FlightAware) to track Matt Guthmiller in his single-engine Bonanza on his final leg home (16 hours from Kona to San Diego). [See my earlier posting on this project for more background.]

Separately, it looks as though my idea (in that original posting) of a record-breaking around-the-world trip in an airplane that can do the job effortlessly has been adopted. A 31-year-old woman named “Amelia Rose Earhart” took a Pilatus PC-12 NG and a co-pilot and, on July 11, 2014 became the “youngest female ever to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine airplane” (keep in mind that the “single engine” is a $1 million Canadian-built Pratt and Whitney turbine and that this pressurized airplane, fully equipped with autopilot and lavatory, can climb up to 30,000′, crack any ice off its wings, melt ice off the prop and windshields, etc.). See Wikipedia for more about the modern-day Amelia Earhart and the Pilatus factory site  to learn more about the Swiss-made PC-12.

[Separately, note that Pilatus is the company whose engineering and production prowess, combined with the superior efficiency of Swiss aviation regulators, put Beechcraft, founded in Kansas in 1932, into bankruptcy in 2012. The Beechcraft King Air could not compete with the PC-12. The Beechcraft military trainers could not compete with the Pilatus PC-7 , PC-9, and PC-21 (though Beech licensed the Swiss design and produced a plane called the "Texan II" for the U.S. military to buy at a substantial markup).]

Update: He made it! We need to give him a hero’s welcome when he returns to East Coast Aero Club.

1 Comment

  1. BillG

    July 24, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

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    Meanwhile, a 17 year old and his father just died attempting the same flight, also in a Bonanza:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/23/ind-teen-pilot-dies-crash-world-record/13060087/

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