Welcome to Trike-Globetrotter - an official world record attempt to fly a "trike", an open microlight type aircraft, 100.000 miles on all 5 continents!
A fantastic journey in a "trike", an open microlight type aircraft, that looks like a "flying motorcycle" and offers less space than a small sofa in our living room! "100,000 Miles" follows the
German explorers Andreas Zmuda and Doreen Kroeber in their years long adventure of a life time. No one has ever dared to undertake this trip before them. Exposed to the forces of nature like
birds, they fly around the world, with a unobstructed view of the beauty of our earth.
These extreme adventurers are facing personal and technical challenges besides the risky flying conditions. They experience more than one dangerous emergency landing that throws their plans off track. Their biggest adversary remains the unpredictable weather. However, whenever they are looking for support, they experience the incredible hospitality of the local people and the helpfulness of the pilot community.
August 5th, 2016 - SOME BREATHTAKING NEWS...
We knew when we started our tour 4 years ago, that there will be some difficult and not just easy sightseeing flights. Actually it turned out that every third flight was over hostile terrain and completely cut off parts of the 34 country's we have flown so fare. Absolutely no landing spot at all in the event of an emergency over uninhibited forest, desolated wilderness of short pine trees, hills and lakes like here in Canada, the Caribbean water, the snowcapped Andes, desserts in Peru and Chile or the Amazon or the Colombian jungle and so on.
To minimize this risk we decided in the beginning of our tour to fly just in the morning hours, when winds are usually calm and also to get help the same day if needed. A late departure will maybe make it impossible for any rescue team to find us the same day. We also decided to be very careful with the weather, what was working out not always. But when you go on a trip like ours, there is no way to fly just over a safe ground, where you can find always a emergency landing spot. So we did this so fare for 4 years and most great but also some very scary flights.
Now to cross the Atlantic the whole story get on a different level. There is close to no day with low winds and no rain. The northern part of Canada is one of the least populous territory of Canada, with remote Inuit (former so called Eskimo) villages and almost every day with some rain. And even the weather is foretasted with 1.800ft high broken clouds, you can find yourself flying 300ft about the forest because some CU clouds just came up and decided to let it rain. This just we got on our last flight from Wabush to Schefferville. And starting 20 miles out Schefferville 300ft low clouds builded up and we was happy to find our way safe to the ground.
Next stop would be 4 remote Inuit places in Canada before flying over to Greenland. When we want to keep if on a safe side, we will need to wait at least 6-10 days at every single place to get a reasonable weather to fly. I remember the pilot log what Mike Blyde and Olivier Aubert wrote when they crossed from Canada to Scotland in 1999, flying in 25 gusting winds, low clouds and bad visibility and even close to heavy rain. They took there decision as pilots to take this risks. But I am just not willing to get my life but first of all Doreens life in a unnecessary danger. We both are very adventures people but we want to fly with a calculated risk.
When the only way to make a decision to fly is based by hoping to have luck to arrive, the only decision for me must be to stay safe on the ground and better to skip this dangerous part of our tour.
We just have August to cross Greenland because after the winds will even pick up in connection with possible icing. At least 8 up to 8 hours long flights we will need to reach Iceland in just 26 days. No way to do this for us in the actual weather conditions. So we decided to fly to Saint-Hyacinthe, to our friends Bernard Rouer and Julie Trépanier from Aviation Rou-Air, close to Montreal and to ship the trike over the Atlantic to Europe to get airborne there and continuous with our tour.
As you can imagine this was a very difficult decision yesterday we had to take and to be very honest - there were tears rolling down our cheeks, but we have the aim to arrive in Sydney - one day - alive!
Great news from our aircraft manufacture DTA!
Georges Monier - FAI Microlight / Trike World Champion are employed now at DTA to help to improve there customer service!
He will be in charge to deal with all international matters as German Certification of there gyroplane and giving foreign customers and dealers a great service!
Georges has been flying trikes in microlight competitions for several years, as the co-pilot/navigator of another DTA team member together with Guillaume Richard. Together, they won several French titles, and in 2012 they even won the world champion title with a DTA Combo Surf and the Magic wing.