As noted in the ANN story that profiles the magnificent efforts
of two flyers to race around the world and raise money to fight
ALS. CarolAnn Garratt and Carol Foy, who have family members
diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, will circumnavigate the world
in seven days, in a small Mooney M20J, attempting to shatter a
world record to raise money and awareness for ALS, amyotrophic
It will be an extraordinary trip... From central Florida, the
two will fly non-stop across the United States to San Diego,
After a quick gas stop and supply replenishments they will set
out for Lihue, Hawaii, taking on a trip of approximately 16 hours
of flying -- with good tailwinds.
Leaving Hawaii, their second longest leg is ahead of them, 3202
nautical miles to Guam. They hope to catch 25 to 30 knot tail winds
to help them along. There will be a time and distance check during
this leg at which time they might decide to deviate to an extra
stop in the Marshall Islands, if necessary.
After Guam they'll head for Thailand, another 2618 nautical
miles, almost 3000 statute miles, where they will be met by friends
(which, they note, is always helpful in a foreign country). This is
especially important on this trip to facilitate re-fueling and
landing and departure paperwork. An oil and filter change and
engine check will be performed during this stop.
Leaving Thailand, Garratt and Foy have a long leg across India
to Oman then will head down the Gulf of Aden to Djibouti. Crossing
Africa they will only stop once in Bamako, Mali, then fly to the
Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa. This is a regular
jumping off point for sailors and pilots crossing the Atlantic
Ocean. With good tailwinds, they will be on their longest non-stop
leg, 3303 nautical miles, directly home to Florida. If a low
pressure develops during their trip and brings headwinds, they'll
have one more stop in the Caribbean, then a 'short' 7 hour final
Aero-TV and ANN wish them great luck and tailwinds...