Pilot flew around the world and back to Manassas


Contributing Writers: Brian Timana and Melianty Yularnis | Images: CCN–

On June 8, 2016, Adrian A. Eichhorn, an airline transport-rated pilot and civil engineer, reported to Manassas Regional Airport from his tour around the world on his 1930 Beechcraft Bonanza. He and his crew refurbished the aircraft in a hangar in Manassas. It took him 220 hours of solo flight to circumnavigate the world.

He shared his stories about his experiences while flying and visiting the world – from being on the plane for 16 hours to exploring new places around the world. Adrian was never bored during the long flight because of the exhilaration in the journey.

As a solo pilot, he was very aware of his engine performance. If sudden changes in weather happened, he was on high alert. He had lost his auto-pilot feature during one part of the flight. His adventure was tracked on Fly Blue Horizons. He was the 114th pilot to complete a one engine aircraft trip around the world.

Adrian had maintained his diet and health through restrictions of foreign poultry, vegetables, and fruits. He stayed hydrated with Gatorade through the whole flight.

Adrian also shared with us his favorite place in his travels – America.  He showed pride and glory for being an American at his celebration!


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