Frieden shares here his emotions:
were the strongest moments during this journey?
the way from Europe to the US, while crossing the Ice Cap in Greenland-
the way to Iqualuit
on Baffin Island in Northern Canada, we unexpectedly picked
up non forecasted heavy icing twice!
On the return flight, the magnificent
sights of the Bahaman Islands in turquoise waters, the warm French
welcome in French Guyana and the visit of the European Spaceport at
launching site of the
Space Program “Ariane”.
The preparation of, and the 13
hour long crossing of the South Atlantic with its unforgettable moments
while crossing the Inter Tropical Conversion Zone ITCZ and the tense
moments, while dealing with serious
electrical problems on board.
the main difficulties?
language barriers, the ignorance of some local customs, the
nightmares to obtain special
visas, entry- and flight permissions for our Swiss
registered Comanche for the USA.
In Brazil it took us as an example almost two
hours to cash 100US$, and it took us another three hours to go
administrative hurdles, to temporary import our aircraft into this
those long over the water flights, what special safety equipment did
course, we had to plan for-, and carry along quite a long list of
make this trip as safe as possible.
The following were the main safety items:
Thermo Survival Suits & Swimming Jackets,a
Survival Raft (Dinghy), a Survival Gear Kit with containing fishing
equipment, signaling gear, lamps
and torches, reflecting blankets, food and
Further we carried a portable water desalination unit, a handheld ELT,
two extra handheld Garmin GPS,
a portable Nav/Com Transceiver and a short wave
Transceiver for long-range communication.
you met extraordinary people?
Cindy and Trace Blakely which hosted and spoiled me on my way over to
California at their lovely lakeside
home in Fond du Lac.
In November they both
flew their Twin Comanche N1234 from their home in Michigan to Hawks
Nest on Cat
in the Bahamas to join up with us on our way back to Europe! And then
Punta Cana in the Domenican Republic,
Rosana, the FBO manageress and her ground
crew, which literally unrolled their red carpet from the side of HB-PON
their luxurious terminal building for us!
were the reactions of the people at the Airports-, Met offices etc?
general, we were well received everywhere. Pilots and ground staff
showed a lot
of interest and much curiosity
of where we came from- and where we were going.
what do you take away from this adventure?
of all, lots of strong emotions!
My co pilot Olivier and I have shared many
strong moments during this round trip across 4 continents. I would then
the humanity, the face of nature. Finally, the diversity of our planet:
different cultures, the languages, and
the philosophies of life………….
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