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Ham Radio Aviator Attempts New York To Paris Speed Record:

Bonnie (KQ6XA) on May 21, 2017
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Ham Radio Aviator Attempts New York To Paris Speed Record

Brian Lloyd WB6RQN Flight Commemorates 90 Years Since Lindbergh

New York, USA, May 22, 2017 - As pilot Brian Lloyd propels his single- engine plane named "Spirit" eastward into the sky this week from Republic Airport on Long Island, he embarks on a dual mission. He is commemorating Charles Lindbergh's famous solo transatlantic flight that made history in May of 1927, while simultaneously attempting to break a speed record for the New York to Paris air route. To make things even more interesting, he intends to communicate live via radio with Ham operators while in flight.

Brian Lloyd WB6RQN in his airplane Spirit with HF radio

"I am driven by the spirit of historic flights," Brian Lloyd said, "it is important to remember the pioneers like Charles Lindbergh, and their contributions to aviation. Their bold actions made today's air travel possible for all of us."

While he is soaring over North America or international airspace using the call sign WB6RQN, Brian encourages Ham radio operators to contact him on the following frequencies: 14210 kHz USB or 7130 kHz LSB. His HF radio is a Mobat Micom-3, running a maximum power of 125 Watts, with an antenna under the fuselage. He also utilizes ALE, Automatic Link Establishment, on the Amateur Radio HFLINK frequencies

The radio schedule is posted in the Project Amelia Earhart website -radio

Ive been a ham radio operator since 1976 and enjoy radio communications very much. The plane is set up with HF radio through the normal pilot headset controls, so it is easy to use. The HF is normally utilized for aeronautical purposes on trans-oceanic routes, Brian said.

Brian Lloyd flight live tracking map: New York to Paris in the airplane Spirit

Mr. Lloyd expresses the special significance of this transatlantic route, "My father taught me to fly when I was 14 years old. We flew to the 1985 Paris Air Show together in a single engine aircraft like this. Aviation is in my family; both of my sons are pilots."

Commercial airliners fly long distances every day, but non-stop ocean flights are quite difficult for small propeller planes, which have limited range. To make it possible, Brian Lloyd modified his 1979 Mooney airplane to carry 150 gallons more fuel, then equipped it with modern navigation equipment, long range radio, and satellite communications. Still, the flight is not without risk, and special safety gear must be taken along. The public is able to track his flight on the web, social media, as well as Ham radio.

The flight commences after the first sign of good weather for the route, beginning on Monday, May 22. When Mr. Lloyd returns to USA from Paris, he won't have much time before taking off on the next phase of Project Amelia Earhart, a round-the-world commemoration of Amelia Earhart's historic flight, which departed 80 years ago in June of 1937 from Miami.

Pilot Brian Lloyd breathes oxygen while flying at high altitude in his airplane Spirit

About: Brian Lloyd, 62, is a pilot, flight instructor, engineer, educator, and radio operator. He lives near San Antonio, Texas, USA. The commemorative flights are co-sponsored by The Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum, a non-profit in Texas, and many other individuals who contribute to supporting the flights through donations.

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Ham Radio Aviator Attempts New York To Paris Speed Record:  
by KQ6XA on May 22, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Update 22 May 2017:

Severe weather on mid-Atlantic route combined with airplane equipment problems indicates the New York to Paris speed flight is to be canceled.

There was only a short window of time that the flight could have happened, and the window has closed.

It looks like Brian will fly back to Texas for repairs as soon as the storm clears in Long Island.

He is scheduled to take off from Miami on the Amelia Earhart 80th Anniversary round-the-world flight on June 1st.

The good news for North America hams is that there will be a better chance to work WB6RQN Air Mobile during the next 10 days while he is flying from New York to Texas for repairs, test flights in Texas, and then again during the Texas to Florida leg.
June 1st is the scheduled departure for the Round-the-World flight.

See the updated schedule of possible ham radio activity on WB6RQN Air Mobile ham radio website:

WB6RQN Schedule of Upcoming HF Radio Operation in 2017
23 May: New York to Texas flight for repairs (ALE only)
24-28 May: Texas test flights (ALE and SSB Voice)
29-31 May: Texas to Miami (ALE and SSB Voice)
01 June: Depart Miami. Embark on Round-the-World flight (ALE and SSB Voice)
02 June-24 July: Round-the-World Flight (ALE and SSB Voice)
24 July: Arrive Oshkosh Wisconsin for AirVenture (ALE and SSB Voice)
29 July: Oshkosh to Texas (ALE and SSB Voice)

Note: All dates and flight locations are approximate and tentative. Please see the Live Tracking Map for actual locations and flight movements.
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