Four Russian pilots plan 30,000NM flight in two R66s

Four Russian pilots plan 30,000NM flight in two R66s 8 Sep, 14, Source: HeliHub.com

Already a record holding R66 pilot himself, Michael Farikh has this morning announced on Facebook that a new ultra long distance flight will start next week from Moscow.  On Tuesday 16th September, the four Russian private pilots: Evgeny Kabanov, Igor Rudoy, Alexander Kurylev and Alexey Murashov will start their journey from Moscow to New Zealand and back in two Robinson R66s.

The route is approximately 30,o00 nautical miles.  It starts going roughly east to the Russian coast, skirting just north of Kazakhstan and Mongolia, before turning south down through Japan, Philippines and Indonesia to reach Australia.  Not content with following the picturesque Queensland coast, the two helicopters plan on flying out to various Pacific islands including Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.  Flying south via Norfolk Island they will then reach New Zealand, going down to the southerly tip before heading north again back to Norfolk Island for the long over-sea flight west to Australia.

The route then starts heading north, then northwest, taking in a different part of Indonesia en route to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand before flying right over (and not landing in) Myanmar to reach Bangladesh.  They then fly through India and Pakistan to reach UAE and then Saudi Arabia before turning north.  The “home run” then follows through Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Ukraine before reaching Moscow once again.

If ever there was an excuse to get out of the Russian winter in the Northern Hemisphere, this sounds like a good way to stay warm towards the end of the year!  The team at HeliHub.com wishes the whole project a safe and uneventful tour, and we look foward to seeing their reports on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ThereAndBackAgainFlight

John Burcote – HeliHub.com

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