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COMANCHES ON THE FLY

 

TRANSATLANTIC ADVENTURERS STAY IN TOUCH

  

On April 12, 2003, Karl Hipp and John Van Bladeren are scheduled to lift off from Paonia, Colorado to begin a transoceanic round trip flight from mid-America to the western part of Europe.

They will be using Karl's "D" Model Twin Comanche--as he calls it--a well-equipped 1967 PA-30-B Miller conversion with IO-360 200 hp engines and Rajay turbos. It has Miller nacelles, an extended nose with baggage compartment, heated props, deice boots, tip tanks and an extra 100 gallon cabin tank.  Total fuel capacity is 298 gallons.

N8256Y will carry them to St. John's, Newfoundland as the jumping off point for their longest leg; 1,685 nautical miles across the Atlantic to Shannon, Ireland.  After a couple of days in England, it will then be on to France, Portugal, Spain, and the Netherlands before returning home.

 

Along the way, Karl and John promise to stay in touch by sending their daily flight log and pictures for us to share their adventure.  We can see up-to-the-minute reports each day at Comanchepilot.com

Daily postings of en route progress and experiences will be a new first. The trip has been meticulously planned and the itinerary is shown below.

Monday, April 14, posting of the reports begins, and you are invited to check in often.

FLIGHT PLAN N8256Y

Date

Depart   

Destination

Distance

12-Apr

Sat

Paonia

7V2

Oshkosh

OSH

 910

Oshkosh

OSH

No. Maine

 PQI

 878

13-Apr

Sun

No. Maine

PQI

St John's

CYYT

 625

14-Apr

Mon

St John's

CYYT

Shannon

EINN

 1685

15-Apr

Tue

Shannon

EINN

Blackbushe

EGLK

 309

18-Apr

Fri

Blackbushe

EGLK

Macon

LFLM

 375

21-Apr

Mon

Macon

LFLM

Chambery

LFLB

 60

22-Apr

Tue

Chambery

LFLB

Avignon

LFMB     

 112

24-Apr

Thu

Avignon

LFMB    

Porto

LPPR

 620

26-Apr

Sat

Porto

LPPR

San Sebastion

LESO

 331

28-Apr

Mon

San Sebastion

LESO

Bordeaux

LFBD

 100

30-Apr

Wed

Bordeaux

LFBD

La Rochelle

2-May

Fri

La Rochelle

Lelystad

EHLE

 519

4-May

Sun

Lelystad

EHLE

Blackbushe

EGLK

 245

5-May

Mon

Blackbushe

EGLK

Reykjavik

BIRK

 1013

7-May

Wed

Reykjavik

BIRK

St. John's

CYYT

 1334

8-May

Thu

St. John's

CYYT

Sault St. Marie

KCIU

 1017

9-May

Fri

Sault St. Marie

KCIU

Paonia

 7V2

 1112

TOTAL NM

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=SUM(ABOVE) 11245

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRACK THE FLIGHT:  http://www.skyconnect.aero/TRACKER/real-time-tracking-main.htm

FLIGHT PROGRESS:

April 10, Thursday - (Report Number 1, 2 & 3)

April 14, Monday (Report Number 4)

April 15, Tuesday - (Report Number 5)

April 17, Thursday - (Report Number 6)

April 22, Tuesday - (Report Number 7)

April 23, Wednesday - (Report Number 8)

April 24, Thursday - (Report Number 9)

April 25, Friday - (Report Number 10)

April 27, Sunday - (Report Number 11)

April 28, Monday - (Report Number 12)

April 29, Tuesday - (Report Number 13)

May 2, Friday - (Report Number 14)

May 3, Saturday - (Report Number 15)

May 5, Monday - (Report Number 16)

May 7, Wednesday - (Report Number 17)

May 8, Thursday - (Report Number 18)

May 9, Friday - (Final Report)

 

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