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Flight Plan with LOTS of fuel stops
I have always wanted to fly a small aircraft to a cool destination, but this trumps anything I had ever dreamed of. The trip will cover about 5,000 nautical miles through multiple countries (some of which I had not even heard of before) starting here in Texas, then over to Florida, down through the Caribbean, then Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and finally Brazil. Since helicopters don’t tend to have great range, we will be stopping often on the way down for fuel. I don’t mind though because some of our stops will include Turks and Caicos, Trindiad and Tobago, Rio de Janeiro and more. As luck would have it, not only will we be flying over some of the most beautiful places on earth, but we will also be doing it in style. The Robinson R-44 we will be flying is one of the nicest I have ever seen. It has air conditioning, leather, moving map GPS, Bose headsets and more.
Rio de Janeiro
Since we will be flying a piston powered single-engine helicopter over open water for extended periods of time there is, of course, some risk involved but we will do our best to minimize that risk by proper preparation and planning as well as taking plenty of emergency equipment. Let’s all just hope that Derrick doesn’t have to use any of his rescue swimming skills he learned in the Navy.
The trip will likely take about two weeks to complete and we hope to post pictures and stories from our trip every night. We will also have a map setup showing our progress in near real time. Check back often to see how we are doing and feel free to leave us comments!