Updated 17. Oct 2016



 Survival gear

There goes a lot of planning into a trip around the world in a small plane. There is the job of getting the plane itself ready for the journey - installing addition equipment such as a HF radio a ferry tank etc.
 Then there is the planning of the route. It has to be planned so that you land in airports where Avgas
is available - and in the East, Avgas is a rarity. You are obviously also better of staying away from trouble areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan. In most countries in the East to need to have advanced permission to over fly, so a specialist in getting permits makes things easier.
 But should some go wrong, it is important to have the necessary survival equipment.
 I purchased most of the survival gear over the Internet - and then had it delivered to a Mailbox office in Delaware. I then picked it up on my way from Atlanta to New York.
 Probably the most important item though, is a life raft, and mine is a RDF raft I purchased a couple of years ago in England. It is a 4 person self-inflating raft with a canopy.  Flying over the Atlantic from Canada to Greenland and on to Iceland and Europe requires that I had a survival suit as well. Without it, the is no way I could survive a ditching in water that - even in summer - is only a couple of degrees warm. Imperial International (www.imperialsuit.com) makes the suits my friend Robert and I wore. We were wearing the suits all the time while over water - but only done up to the waist!
 To survive a ditching I also carry a small " spare Air" mini scuba bottle (www.spareair.com/product/index.htm), that will allow about 20 breaths of air in case the plane should get submerged before I get out!


 VFR & IFR Charts and Plates

If all goes well and I'm in the life raft, it would be nice to be found before too long, and to that end I have a GPS radio beacon made by ACR (www.acraerofix.com). It works in the way that the receiver gets a GPS position and then transmits it to SARSAT satellites (http://www.acraerofix.com).
 I also carry a handheld Icom 24 VFR radio (www.icomamerica.com/products/avionics/a24_a6) and a  Garmin 295 GPS (www.garmin.com/products/gpsmap296). And a water proof bag to have it in (www.aquapac.net/usstore/erol.html#600X0)!
 So I can ring home a have a Motorola 9505 satellite phone.
 In the raft there are flares and seasick tablets. To further be able to tackle distress I have a little pack with all kind of remedies in a emergency.
 I will be flying most of the way under IFR( instrument flying rules) , so I need the plates for every Airport I might use along the way. I have purchased Jeppesen Trip kit for Asia and Austral/Asia.



But to be on the safe side I also have ONC VFR charts for most of the areas I will pass through.
 Most of the information I need is already available to me in the Garmin G 1000 avionics. I have a subscription for a worldwide database, which is updated once a month. This gives me updated charts, displayed on my MDF screen, and it gives me approaches and other information about all the airports in the world. I could do without paper except that the database leaves out vital information such as the minimum decision altitude - rather important to know when you have to land in foul weather.
I like to see a little bit along the way, so I have bought a few handy guides to read.



 A fold up push bike can be handy!