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Homebuilt Pilot Well On His Way

Some say that in a homebuilt, every flight is a test flight, and a California pilot is putting his RV-8 through the ringer. While thousands of fellow EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts are getting ready for the annual trip to Sun 'n Fun in Florida starting April 12 (of course, AVweb will be there with special coverage next Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the following Monday), Bill Randolph, of EAA Chapter 119 in Watsonville, Calif., should have arrived at or be close to Bali, where he'll visit his son on the final leg of his round-the-world trip. Randolph left Watsonville on March 9 and the peppy RV helps him cover some pretty significant distances on each leg. After stops in Abilene, Fort Lauderdale, San Juan, Trinidad and Fortaleza, Brazil, Randolph tackled the Atlantic. The flight from Brazil to Dakar, Senegal, took 14 hours (three hours longer than planned because of headwinds). But Randolph apparently likes flying over water. Chapter 119 is providing daily updates on its Web site based on Randolph's almost daily calls to his wife, Shirley. In his account of the ocean crossing he's reported to have said that he "feels free" over the water. Maybe that's a good thing. About 20,000 miles of his 26,000-mile trip is over water.