John and Carla Edwards are adventurers. The Geneseo couple recently traveled around the world in their six-place single engine turboprop and will share their “worldwide” adventure with area residents at a power point presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, at Lionstone Brewery and Gastropub. A cash bar will be available and packaged snacks will be provided.
John and Carla Edwards are adventurers.
The Geneseo couple recently traveled around the world in their six-place single engine turboprop and will share their “worldwide” adventure with area residents at a power point presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, at Lionstone Brewery and Gastropub. A cash bar will be available and packaged snacks will be provided.
John flew the plane with his wife in the “right seat” on their recent trip which began Aug. 22 when they departed from Anchorage, Alaska. They returned on Oct. 18 when they landed in Moline, which John calculated as, “after 62 days, 27,000 nautical miles and 115 flight hours.”
Their plane is a 2014 TBM 900 made in Tarbes, France, by Daher/Socata, and John said, “we fly at 30 to 31,000 with a 315 nautical miles per hour true air speed. This gives us 360 mph across the ground, in a no wind setting.”
He said the most frightening was being detained by Russian security for six hours over an alleged Russian air space violation.
“It was actually a communication breakdown in their system, but the Russians did not want to admit error,” he said. “After six hours of negotiations I signed a statement saying that I unknowingly violated their airspace and that I now understood their requirements. Their air traffic control gave me my departure clearance and we took off only to be told to immediately return to the aero dome. Their customs and border patrol had not processed our departure documents – bureaucratic mess. We were really glad to have Russia behind us.”
They have many photos to show guests at their upcoming Nov. 13 presentation, and Carla said, “We saw many exciting and beautiful places, from Japan, Taipei, the Great Barrier Reef, the Sidney Opera House, the wildlife of Kangaroo Island, the beauty of Uluru, the camel ride at Broome Australia, Singapore, Bali, Langkawi, the Sri Lanka elephants, the stunning beauty of the Maldives, the opulence of Dubai, the 5,000-year-old history of Uxor, the French Pyrenees mountain range, London and our North Atlantic crossing.”
There were six airplanes on the recent journey around the world, a trip coordinated by Air Journey which Carla said is “a company located in Florida that specializes in exotic trips for general aviation pilot/owners.”
Last year the couple traveled with Air Journey on a 35 calendar-day trip, 15,000 miles, to the highlights of South America.
“Prior to that trip, we had traveled with Air Journey on five different trips to Caribbean islands,” she said.
In March they flew to Cuba, “and we were one of the few who were able to fly their plane into Cuba until recently,” Carla said.
It was more than a year ago when the couple began talking about making the trip around the world.
This was the first year Air Journey offered Australia as a highlight, spending 18 days of the trip exploring Australia,” John said, and added that in previous years, “Air Journey has put together seven around the world adventures, always departing from Quebec, flying easterly. This was their first trip departing from Anchorage flying westerly.
“Flying internationally is a challenge with air space permitting, landing permitting, over flight permitting, hiring ground handlers at each airport to coordinate fueling, customs, flight planning and ground transportation,” all of which are Air Journey’s forte, he said. “The entire journey is detailed in an itinerary format with departure, destination, leg distance, ground transportation, hotel information, days at each location, location touring, dining arrangements and more.”
Typical flight legs on the journey were in the 1,000 to 1,300 nautical mileage ranges which amounted from three to four hours flying time.
In addition to the Edwards’ turboprop, the other five planes making the trip included a CJ3 from Seattle, Wash.; a Cessna Mustang from Calgary, a TBM 910 from Toronto, a Pilatus PC-12 from Albany, N.Y., a CJ3+ from Mountain Air, N.C.
The couple said it was a great group to travel with and they had only known the couple from North Carolina prior to departing on their journey, “but made lasting friends with the entire group,” Carla said, and added that she and her husband have talked of going with Air Journey in the future on their African adventure and their Discover Europe trip.”
John may have help in piloting the plane on the couple’s next extended trek as his wife plans to begin private pilot training this winter in Arizona.