Twin Around-the-World Flights In Flight Design CTs
Two pilots flying twin Flight
Design CTs are back home in Sion, Switzerland after completing a
circumnavigation in the LSAs.
Yannick Bovier, 37, and Francisco Agullo, 41, departed their
home base on the last day of April on a flight they said was to
celebrate 100 years of aviation in Switzerland. The pair returned
safely on Saturday, June 19, after 51 days, crossing two oceans,
confronting sluggish bureaucrats for overfly permission, battling
fatigue and loneliness, performing routine maintenance that comes
with so many hours logged, plus having to watch what foods they
consumed, as on-board bathrooms have yet to be installed in
Starting on April 30, the duo crossed the Atlantic to Brazil by
May 8. The next leg was across the Caribbean to Miami, FL by May
13. The traveled west across the U.S. and then made two very long
flights to cross the Pacific beginning June 3. The pair wrote, "[We
flew over] 15,877 kilometers (about 10,000 miles) of water... in 76
hours." The arduous passage across the planet's largest ocean
brought several interesting experiences, including landing on an
atoll on the Pacific Marshall Island of Majuro.
Flight Design CT File Photo
The ocean crossings were noteworthy, but obtaining permission to
overfly some middle eastern countries brought difficulties of
another sort. Fortunately Bovier and Agullo are airline pilots and
had familiarity in dealing with aviation authorities in many
countries. They also were supported by teams at home that helped
with permits and logistical efforts, as well as weather
"The story of these two pilots as reported in their log is a
fascinating read," reported Flight Design USA president Tom
Peghiny. The Swiss team calls their adventure Azimut 270 and they
kept their many followers updated with an online "logbook"
The twin CT aircraft were modified to carry 120 gallons of fuel
for their 17-hour flight legs over water.
A factory-stock CTLS carries 35 gallons of auto gas or 100LL
giving it a range of more than 800 nautical miles.
Flight Design is a 23-year-old air-sport products producer based