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65 day endurance record for continuous flight in a Cessna

Started by Phil Bunch, Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:25

Phil Bunch

See this set of web pages for the details:

http://65days.wordpress.com/the-gist/

I had never heard of this, but apparently there is a long-running series of record breakers attempting to hold the world record for the longest continuous (no landing) flight in a single-engine Cessna.

Basically, they refuel from a small fuel truck on the ground, synchronizing their speed and grabbing a fuel hose every 12 hours or so.  Hard to believe one could do this regardless of weather and wind.

Also hard to imagine trying to live in a Cessna cabin 24x7 for 65 days nonstop.  I think I would get tired of the noise, lack of sanitary facilities, entertainment, and everything else I enjoy each day!  Perhaps it's no worse than being thrown into solitary confinement in a prison...

Sort of like doing world flight for 65 days while the two-man crew must live entirely in the cockpit of one of the big sims (insert many grins here).
Best wishes,

Phil Bunch

frumpy

are they serious about the fuel grabbing?
well, dont loose the cap ;-) i guess the fueler
will be sprayed by avgas every third try?

i dont know either how much fun it can be to live
65 days in a cessna. 65 days, thats 15 times
a 100 hour check. what a nonsense.

perhaps this is all a conspiracy by the government,
in reality this is a prestudy of nasa to fly to mars ;-)

still, i appreciate the idea of changing thoughts
towards other people and trying something new.
i wonder how serious they are about that?

John Davis PC

QuoteI think I would get tired of the noise, lack of sanitary facilities, entertainment, and everything else I enjoy each day! Perhaps it's no worse than being thrown into solitary confinement in a prison...

... Sounds like Worldflight :)

Phil Bunch

Below is a link to more info on world records for flight endurance.  I thought the info about replumbing the Cessna to allow for in-flight oil changes in the engine was interesting.  Still, 65 days without stop seems a bit risky and outside of the rules for legal aviation.  Not sure how people get around whatever laws there are about not following recommended maintenance schedules.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_endurance_record  

and also, possibly worth reading is this web page -

http://www.avweb.com/blogs/insider/AvWebInsider_Record172_201943-1.html

Wikipedia seems to know everything, as long as the topic isn't controversial or political in nature.  I still have trouble trusting it for anything serious, preferring traditional media.  Yet traditional media are hardly error-free or totally objective!  So, I just keep using wikipedia, being cautious about taking it as authoritative.
Best wishes,

Phil Bunch