List of round
the world records
Youngest RTW pilots
Records in aviation are almost as old as aviation itself and are very much a part of it. They certainely contributed to the progress of aviation by bringing in a stimulating element, and also the spirit of competition.
Each leg of a long flight and at fortiori each leg of a round the world flight can become a record of speed, duration, distance or altitude.
Records in aviation are verified and kept by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). This organisation is proud of its impartiality, and was founded in 1905 in Paris, filing its first record on November 12th, 1906. This record was achieved by Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian, who lived in Paris, and the following result is recorded :
In October 1910, records became World Records. Aircraft are differentiated in classes by weight. Since 1910, many classes have been added to include records not thought of at the time, including space records.
The FAI originally had its headquarters in Paris, but has recently moved to Lausanne, in Switzerland.
Pilots wishing to set records cannot deal directly with the FAI and must go through their National Aero Club. For each nation affiliated with the FAI, there is an aero club to represent them, and it is to this club that pilots can apply to receive any necessary information and to make application for records.
The FAI Internet Site is available to anyone wishing to consult the list of existing records, or records pending which are still under scrutiny. The list of all the National Aero Clubs can also be found on this site.
The only book available which lists all the approved records, is published by the Amerivan National Aero Club, The National Aeronautic Agency (NAA). The address is as follows :
Rules are very strict and should be followed to the letter. As an example, one should not say that a record has been set until it is fully approved, but can say that an attempt for a record has been made.
Pending records can be seen on the FAI Site.
Apart from the permit application, it is best not to broadcast one's intention of setting or breaking a record. Competitors may otherwise get in first. Australian industrialist and traveller, Dick Smith, is an example. In an interview in 1982, he announced his intention to be the first to fly around the world in an helicopter. Ross Perot Jr, the son of a presidential candidate in the USA, on reading an article on the interview, decided that such a record should go to the USA. With a huge transport aircraft, a C-130, carrying mechanics, a specialised rescue team in sea rescue, aircraft and engine parts, and food and water to last months, Ross Perot Jr. flew around the world before Smith was even ready.
On a long flight as in flying around the world, each leg can be the target for a record. One can also set records on cumulative legs. For example, a record can be set from A to B, then from B to C, but also from A to C, bearing in mind that the time spent on the ground at B will counted in the total time.
Speed records around the world are getting harder to break as aircraft and pilots improve and the times taken get shorter. The minimum distance for such a record must be at least equal to the length of the Tropic of Cancer, that is : 36.787, 559 km (22,863 miles).
There are still legs where records have not been set, and by choosing well, a record may stand for a long time. Some routes are commonly used, as are some departure points such as Paris and London.
It is interesting to note that some old records still stand and are there to be broken.
CURRENT AND FORMER
SPEED RECORD HOLDERS AROUND THE WORLD
This is a brief summary of Speed Records around the World.
It is published with the kind permission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
For full details, please visit the FAI Web Site : http://www.fai.org
Hans Georg SCHMID (Switzerland) Westbound Long Eze HB-YCT, 29/04/2000, 69.99 km/h.
Hans Georg SCHMID (Switzerland) Eastbound Long Eze HB-YCT, 28/03/2000, 69.87 km/h.
Jon JOHANSON (Australia) Westbound RV4 VH-NOJ, 25/09/199, 23.31 km/h.
Jon JOHANSON (Australia) Eastbound RV4 VH-NOJ, 31/08/1995, 29.37 km/h.
Don TAYLOR (USA) Eastbound T18 N445T, 1/8-30/9/1976, 27.127 km/h.
Charles CLASSEN & Philip GRETH (USA) Westbound Bonanza G-35 N4493D, 27/5-6/06/1988, 87.51 km/h.
William H. WISNER & Janice SULLIVAN (USA) Westbound Bonanza N6826Q, 11/6-6/7/1986, 71.40 km/h.
Donald F. MUIR & Andre DAEMAN (Canada) Eastbound Cessna 210N, 1-7/08/1982, 243.75 km/h.
R. S. MUCKLESTONE (USA) Westbound Cessna T210 N6922R, 1978, 204.05 km/h.
Harold N. BENHAM & Jack RODD (USA) Eastbound Bonanza N990MD, 1977, 142.44 km/h.
R. S. & P. J. MUCKLESTONE (USA) Westbound Cessna T210, 23/8-4/9/1975, 128.277 km/h.
Dr. Alvin MARKS (USA) Eastbound Cessna 210 N942SM, 4/1969, 118.20 km/h.
Sheila SCOTT (UK) Eastbound Piper Comanche 260 G-ATOY, 18/5-20/6/1969, 59.018 km/h.
Geraldine MOCK (USA) Eastbound Cessna 180, 19/3-17/4/1964, 52.751 km/h.
Richard NORTON, Calin ROSETTI (USA) Via the Poles Malibu Mirage N26033, 05/15/1987, 14.04 km/h.
T. BROUGHAM & R. DICKESON (Australia) Eastbound Baron B55 VH-CFO, 10/08/1971, 318.28 km/h.
Robert L. & Joan WALLICK (USA) Eastbound Baron PJ-C808, 2/6-7/6/1966, 300.20 km/h.
Maximilien CONRAD (USA) Westbound Aztec PA-23 N4544P, 08/03/1961, 198.27 km/h.
Peter K. GLUCKMAN (USA) Eastbound Meyers200A N485C, 22/8-20/9/1959, 53.76 km/h.
Hamad Ali AL-THANI (Qatar) Westbound Aerostar N90608, 29/04/1992, 132.02 km/h.
Richard RUTAN & Jeana YEAGER (USA) Eastbound without refuelling Voyager N269VA, 14-23/12/1986, 186.11 km/h.
D. MCCULLOCH & G. KEATING (Canada) Westbound Cesna 414 C-FASB, 9/6-7/7/1986, 59.54 km/h.
Philander P. CLAXTON III & John L. CINK (USA) Eastbound Piper Aerostar N300AM, 09/11/1977, 353.57 km/h.
Denys N. DALTON & T. GWYNNE-JONES (Australia) Eastbound VH TKE, 20-25/7/75, 327.73 km/h.
Elgen M. LONG (USA) via the Poles Navajo PA-31 N9097Y, 03/17/1971, 93.050 km/h.
HELICOPTERSH.Ross PEROT Jr & J.W. COBURN (USA) Eastbound Bell 206 N3911Z, 1-30/09/1982, 56.97 km/h.
Joe Ronald BOWER (USA) Eastbound Bell JetRanger III , 20/06/1994, 65.97 km/h.
HELICOPTERS FEMININEJennifer MURRAY (UK) Robinson 44, 6/09/2000, 16.99 km/h.
YOUNGEST RTW PILOTS
Youngest Pilot flying Solo - record holders:
Current (achieved September 2013) - Ryan Campbell (Australia) at 19 years of age, DOB: January 13. 1994, RTW ended September 7, 2013
Former (achieved June 2013) - Jack Weigand (USA) at 20 years of age, DOB:22 June, 1993,, RTW ending June 29, 2013
Former (achieved May 2013) - James Tan (Malaysia) at 21 years of age. DOB:June 4, 1991, RTW ending May 16, 2013
Former (achieved Sept. 2012) - Carlo Schmid (Switzerland), at 22 years of age. DOB: January 25, 1990, RTW: July 11 to September 29, 2012
Former (achieved June 2007) - Barrington Irvin (USA), at 23 years of age. DOB: November 11, 1983. RTW: March 23 to June 27, 2007
Photos curtesy The Earthrounders