I purchased a 1973 Cessna 182P in June of 2015. I named her Rebecca. I think she is beautiful and more importantly, well equipped for domestic flights. She is also IFR certified. However, she will need a few modifications to be ready to fly round the world. I am going to have a 100 gallon ferry tank installed before the Round The World (RTW) flight. The tank needs to be installed, certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and tested and retested well before the 15th of May, 2016.
So far I have had a Turtlepac 100 gallon collapsible tank put in, but when the FAA inspectors came for a field approval, they rejected it, and so it came out. At this moment I am back to square one – looking for someone who can put a tank of similar capacity and get it approved by the FAA for the RTW flight.
I am also told that I may not need an HF radio if I carry a satellite phone. The latter gives the flexibility of voice, email and text service. It is expensive, though. Given the added benefits, of course for added cost, at this point I am leaning towards the latter. I will have to wait and see what happens. Follow the “blog” for recent updates and tracking.
After a few touch ups and checks Rebecca should be ready. She is in the capable hands of my good friend and flight instructor, Marc Bryson
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