Seven years ago I met a pilot in central Texas along with my, then 10 year old, son Haris. He recounted a tale of flying around the world in his Cessna 210…. thus the seed was sown….waiting for the right plane, with the right engine, at the right time and the right place…. in 2013 I bought a Beechcraft Bonanza, had the engine overhauled by Powermasters, a Bill Cunningham special IO550 and upon his recommendation, replaced or overhauled everything to establish a baseline. The only thing lacking was a decent engine analyzer….after discussing with a fellow BT’er (Beechtalk.com member), Wade Naziri, I called his favorite shop, Cumberland Avionics and discussed my options. We agreed to pursue installing a JPI 930 as it allows removing 8-9 steam gauges…..small steps towards preparing the Bonanza to allow Haris and I to become first time earthrounders !
The planning for flying around the world started in earnest. Opened a spreadsheet to record and plan all the minute details. First things first….Haris is a Junior in high school with about 12 hours of instructor led flight training. Must get him his Private Pilot and Instrument ratings before we launch on our adventure. Two young budding instructors took up the challenge and will tag team to get Haris done in sixteen weeks plus one whole week of spring break. Being in school, Haris can only devote time on Friday afternoons and Sundays to complete his flight training…. and it has to be done in a low wing plane to make his transition to the Bonanza easier…. the paln is to allow Haris to be the Pilot in Command (PIC), while I will be his First Officer and the person whosmackshimonhisheadifhemakesmistakes. The adventure is ON ! There is a lot to be done and we have only 16 weeks to do it in.