9 years to build. 2 years to test. 2 months to fly around the world.
Countries visited: 19 (26: overflown)
Total great circle distance traveled: 23,196 nm, 42959 km
Distance flying over the world's oceans: 14,200 nm
Longest Leg: Hilo, Hawaii to Oakland, CA in 16.5 hours.
AVGAS used: 1225 gallons
Flight Hours: 177
Total pilot flight hours after the trip was completed: 524
Aviation World Records
N944JK established multiple national and world records for "speed over a recognized course". The aviation records are ratified by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale/World Sports Federation and National Aeronautics Association.
Oakland, CA to Oshkosh, WI, class C1b, 245 km/hr over 2,875 km (non-stop)
Hilo, HI to Oakland, CA, class C1b, 225 km/hr over 3,772 km (non-stop)
FAI Circumnavigation Award - Eastbound
The 2019 NAA spring award ceremony was hosted at the Lockheed Martin Fighter Demonstration Center in Washington, D.C. Following the ceremony, award recipients were given full access to the F-35 simulator.
May is now recorded in the "Earthrounders" database which registers planes and crew who have flown around the world in light aircraft. N944JK is the only experimental aircraft to fly around the world in 2018.
I would like to thank the following companies and individuals for sponsorship and assistance during my flight around the world.
MCW Associates, Aircraft Spruce, Ameriprise Financial, Classic Aero Designs, Odyssey Batteries, MFJ, Dynon Avionics, and Garmin for funding, equipment, and technical support.
General Aviation Support Egypt for their extraordinary help to obtain permits, arrange handling, and flight watch. Their network of agents around the planet is an invaluable resource for RTW pilots. Thank you Eddie and Ahmed!
The Hawaiian Airlines crew who relayed messages back to San Francisco radio during my fuel diversion at Christmas island. I owe you guys a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label scotch.
The pilots from Vans Airforce who quickly arranged for a hanger at PHOG as hurricane Hector rapidly approached Hawaii. Without their help my plane would likely been destroyed on the ramp in Hilo.
The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1581, who helped me to repair my plane in Trento, Italy.
The many RTW enthusiasts who provided encouragement and tracked me over the vast Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.