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June 9th 2012 - Bye Bye Germany!

Bye Bye Germany!

After months of endless preparations, we left our hometown Berlin, hoping to come back next year with a new world record in our pocket (longest flight ever done in a trike across America). With an Air Berlin, non-stop flight to Miami we just needed 10h to get on our first continent. Starting from now, we will report on facebook from all our adventures!

Thanks so much to all our friends, family and supporters, who went to the Berlin-Tegel to say bye-bye, get a hug and to loose some tears. Without you all and all our friends and supporters around the globe, we would be not able to complete this great adventure!

July 4th 2012 – now our Air-Trike bears the proud name “GUNTHER PLUESCHOW”.

The “Tribe-Globetrotters” from now on work close together with the “Circle of friends of GUNTHER PLUESCHOW inc. soc. ”, in order to remember the legendary German, who first flew over the Patagonian continental ice shield, the Land of Fire (a.k.a. The uttermost part of the world or Tierra del Fuego) and Cape Horn.


Gunther Plueschow (1886 – 1931), a native of Mecklenburg (a Northern province of Germany), was a famous Early Aviator, writer, retired lieutenant commander, film-maker, journalist and adventurer. During the first 3 decades of the 20th century he was quite famous both in Germany and in many countries around the world. His documentary films were on in almost all German cinemas, his photographs were on the front pages of the biggest German magazines and from one of his books more than 700.000 copies were sold. He was one of the most popular Germans between 1915 and 1931.


From 1933 onwards he almost sank into oblivion, apart from some exceptions and after 1945 only a few remembered the “Dragonmaster of Tsingtau” and his later adventures in the southernmost part of the world. In Chile and Argentina in contrast he was esteemed over the decades. And in the U.K. he was never forgotten altogether. The Brits took one`s hat off to Plueschow, u.a. for having escaped successfully from the British P.O.W. camp at Donington Hall, near Derby in 1915. This is a very British attitude, indeed.


Thank you very much indeed for your support, Gerhard!



May 28th, 2012 – Thanks so much Boris Popov for providing us a BRS 1050 Canister at factory cost!

Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. - The company was formed in 1980 by Boris Popov after he survived a 400-foot (120 m) fall in a partly collapsed hang glider in 1975. As a result Popov invented a parachute system which would lower a whole light airplane to the ground relatively safely for the people inside, though typically with moderate structural damage to the aircraft when it landed. It could be used in the event of loss of control, failure of the aircraft structure, or other in-flight emergencies.

 

BRS has won four SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) awards from NASA to develop new exotic lightweight parachute cloth materials that may eventually allow cutting the chute weight by almost 50%. A later grant has BRS engineers investigating parachutes for light jet aircraft. Additional developments can be expected. Today, BRS is a company of 25 employees and annual sales of about $7 million. Over 18,000 systems have been delivered.

 

Thanks so much Boris!!!

May, 27th, 2012 – Thanks to Abid & Larry, our friends from Zephyrhills / Florida - USA!

World record team members (left to right) Abid Farooqui, Matt Liknaitzky, Larry Mednick, and Steve Bensinger

To get started, the Trike-Globetrotter can rely on two great friends at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (KZPH):

  • Trike instructor, manufacturer, DTA distributor and "chief advisor" Abid Farooqui from SilverLight Aviation who will get the trike out the custom, bring it to the airport and test-fly it.
  • Trike instructor, author, manufacturer, and competition pilot Larry Mednick from Evolution Trikes, who support the Trike Globetrotter with his hanger apartment!

 

Thanks Abid & Larry!!!!! And also THANKS to Wes and Dave!!!!!

May 23rd, 2012 - Renate & Dieter Lehmann are our new distributors for all our books, films and merchandise

The Trike-Globetrotter are very happy that they could get an agreement with the Lehmann family concerning the distribution of our three books and films about the flying expedition as well all merchandise. Andreas knows them since 15 years and know that he can count on them when needed!

May 22nd, 2012 - We got our airport ID cards!

Now, something incredible happened .... We got something sponsored, without having made ​​a request! Many thanks Mr. Bell!

The German based company
Mattner ID Media
Wildweg 9
D-29229 Celle
Tel: 05141 900238
Fax: 05141 900239
Email: @ w.bell Mattner-id.de
Web: www.mattner-id.de

printed our "official Trike-Globetrotter ID-cards" and send them without any charge to Berlin!

May 21st, 2012 - Our trike in the air!

Jean Michel checking the first time our aircraft in the air! Everything went fine and now the trike goes "back in the box" to get shipped from France on June 2nd to Tampa / Florida (USA). From here we will pick up the trike on Monday 11th, 2012

May 20th, 2012 - No furniture at the "Trike-Globetrotter´s" home.....

Sunday 8.15pm - time to watch the "Tatort"

After our garage-sells on the weekend, we stay with a little table, a camping chair, our bed and the oldes TV in town.... This will be our furniture we have to live with the last three weeks, before we departure from Berlin-Tegel airport to Miami on June 9th 2012!

 

We decided to try some "outdoor" nights on our balcony to watch the German crime thriller "Tatort"....

May 9th, 2012 - I lost three tees.....

One medical appointment after the next.... our body’s get checked over and over! Beside the vaccination was the most uncomfortable appointments at the dentist yesterday.... But at least three teeth gave Andreas a few grams less on the way to the perfect flying weight!

But go there if you really need…. They are quite good!

Praxis Constanze Schönberg and Cornelia Stolze
Bahnhofstraße 33, 12555 Berlin Köpenick (close to the train station S-Bahnhof Köpenick)
Phone: 030 - 65 724 26, Telefax: 030 - 65 32 21 40
praxis.koepenick@zahnarztlive.de

May 4th, 2012 - The travel agency INTERTOURS GmbH from Luckenwalde sponsors the ticket from Berlin to Miami for the Trike-Globetrotters!

Thanks to our very dear friends of many years of the travel agency INTERTOURS from Luckenwalde, Dirk Heinze and Lutz Rolof!!


May 3rd, 2012 - Cordula Hamann at DTA in France

The co-author of our books and special friend of the family, Cordula Hamann was today at he DTA trike factory in Montelimar / France. She was amazed to see just some items and not the expected completed aircraft. Because it was supposed that the aircraft would be shipped in just 12 days to Florida! But the engineers at DTA are just waiting for some small parts to complete the aircraft in just 5 days!

May 3rd, 2012 - Chaos at our home..... sold out....

Step by step we are selling everything we own.... 6 weeks before departure to Florida we have not even one chair, no table.... just some items left..... and our bed.... we need every Cent....

May 1st, 2012 - "Down Under" helps the Trike-Gobetrotter !!!

We say thanks to Michael Coates for sponsoring us this great set of tie-downs!  Screw It's act like miniature post-hole augers. Place the handle through the eye of the screw it and pressing down on the handle turn clockwise, the Screw It's do the rest - even in very hard ground!!

 

X-Air Australia - Michael Coates
Factory 4, No.24 Leda Drive, Leda Business Park
Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast - Queensland, Australia 4220
mcoates@mcp.com.au

April, 27th, 2012 - Trike Globetrotter get assistance from "White Rose Aviation"!

Route planning is probably the most complex part of the expedition, with a network of visas, route planning and flight-entry, landing and overflight permits. White Rose Aviation, backed by nearly 30 years aviation experience, 20 year’s experience with record breaking flights involving fixed wing, rotary and micro light aircraft, solely specialising in obtaining overflight and landing permits worldwide, are here to help us. We look forward to work with Mike!

April, 26th, 2012 - Miller Forest Investment AG will plant 130 trees n Paraguay as a carbon offset for the "Trike-Globetrotter"

Since 2006, Miller Forest Investment AG had proven that an environmental commitment works well together with economic interests. The operational management of the Forest Miller Investment Ltd has planted in Paraguay already more than 3000 acres forest and some 3.2 million trees.  Doreen & Andreas will have a look at there farms in Paraguay early February 2013!

April 24th, 2012 - We got today six (6!!!) new passports!

Without any problem the German authorities gave us the permission to have three passports each!


As Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia bans anyone with an US or/and Israeli stamp in their passport from entering the country, we needed a second German passport. And third is needed because with 75 stamps, the first one has simply not enough space to take all of them.



April 23rd, 2012 - Germany charity organization "Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft" reconfirmes the partnership with "Trike Globetrotter"!

The Alliance Development Works, what is an alliance of German development and relief agencies, what providing long-term aid in the aftermath of major disasters and in emergencies., reconfirmed the partnership with "Trike-Globetrotter"!

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March 18th, 2012 - Axel Springer AG publish the first newspaper article about the "Trike-Globetrotter"

They will accompany on their website my-entdecker.de the entire flight expedition! Check out there updates from time to time!



February 10th, 2012 - Abid Farooqui from SilverLight Aviation gets our US registration number reserved

N - the USA country registration

217 - Starting day of the flight 21st of July

TG - Trike Globetrotter

 

September 2011 - Trike-Globetrotter goes facebook and creats the first homepage for trike-globetrotter

August 2011 - Doreen & Andreas visit the trike manufacture in Montelimar / France, to fix up the order and all necessary technical details.