Ham Radio Aviator On Round The World Flight

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  1. KQ6XA

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  3. K6DWI

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    Crossed the border into India
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    Brian & "Spirit" preparing to depart Kolkata, India as of 06/17/2017 @ 0339z bound for Chittagong, Bangladesh (220 miles). He is scheduled to continue on to Rangoon (Yangon), Myanmar (475 miles).

    Track here:
    GPS: http://projectameliaearhart.org/tracker/map.php
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  6. W5BIB

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    Must be a lot of "Red Tape" to leave India !! His GPS tracker has been activated for over an hour & he's still indicated to be on the ground !!
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  7. W6FWS

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    Why does GPS show departure and return to airport but now in the middle of the public parking lot in front of the main terminal?
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    It must be a portable unit. He may have turned it on & then gone to eat or something? Now @ 0634z it's showing that he's airborne.....

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  9. W5BIB

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    Must be something screwed-up !
    @ 0634z it showed altitude 697 ft., @ 0644z - 671 ft. - but same lat/long. :confused:

    Maybe he departed & had to return due to weather problems or something...

    Current aviation weather for Kolkota (Calcutta), India.

    Current aviation weather for Chittagong, Bangladesh.
    Winds 20 to 30 kts predicted.


    He most probably postponed the trip.
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    Brian explains his delay in departing Kolkota. India. https://www.facebook.com/AmeliaEarhart80/

    From his facebook page:
    "OK, I ended up in Chittagong. It took so long to get out of Kolkata that Chittagong was as far as I was comfortable going today. And I am glad that I stayed here. The vibe in Chittagong is great. The handler outdid himself. He even got me a great room at the Chittagong Boat Club. It is a yacht club overlooking the river and is somehow connected with the Bangladesh Navy. In any case, it is great.

    So what happened today? Well, it is really left over from yesterday. When I landed the totalizer showed I was about 10 gallons less fuel that I wanted to have. Was it enough to get to Chittagong? Probably. But I was going to have to go IFR and if I got vectored hither-and-yon, the chance existed that I would end up short on fuel. So I had to find some fuel. Fuel was available but getting it onto the airport and out to the airplane was going to be a challenge. It ended up taking about 8 hours. I did a lot of sitting except for the two hours dealing with immigration.

    Perhaps the most interesting problem was that of my Leatherman. I use that tool everyday but it has two knife blades. So security was going to take my Leatherman. The solution that was going to get implemented was to put my Leatherman into my suitcase, put my suitcase through regular checked-luggage, and then a luggage train would bring it out to my airplane. Really? Oh! And they were going to charge me a $100 fee to have it processed by baggage handling! But, at the last moment, a woman security agent handed me my Leatherman and said, "You can take it with you." Sanity prevailed!

    In any case, long about 3:30 in the afternoon, I was allowed out to my airplane and there was the drum of fuel ... all by itself on a cart. OK. I have a pump to deal with just such an eventuality. And it worked just fine ... as long as you are not in a hurry. It takes my little pump (Rick Kelley's little pump, actually) about an hour to empty a 200L drum. And it was a warm day. By the time I finally got airborne, I was wringing wet. I must admit, I was glad to leave Kolkata.

    The flight to Chittagong was very nice with only one big thunderstorm to get around. But they were all around. The storm scope lit right up just as soon as I turned on the avionics. I need to figure out what I need to do to appease the weather gods."

    Here's the Radar Tracking for "Sprit" from Kolkota to Chittagong:

    Next stop: Rangoon (Yangon), Myanmar.
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