Yes,I took my Grumman HU16-C, the “Wingabeggo”, N4WT, through Eastern Siberia, stopping on the Chinese border for fuel and dropped off Russian Navigator in 1995. I have film out on that 18 month sojurn around the Pacific Rim for 18 months: BOAT IN THE SKY…
You can fly internationally with a US License if you are operating a US registered aircraft for personal/ business use. You have to comply with each country’s rules and regulations. English is “spoken”?? at most major or port of entry airports. Lots of red tape!!
Yes, I stay in touch with “Komrad Roesslor”. One year he gave me a “souvenir” can of Russian Fish for my birthday! That was pretty much what we had to eat. Lots of canned fish!!
Yes, I still have the trusty Skywagon. The plane is here in Texas.
- It costs lots of money (fuel is $10 to $20 per gallon).
- Handling fees, permits, etc can be costly.
- It helps if you are at least an A&P Mechanic (U.S. Certified Airframe & Powerplant) to address mechanical issues.
- Foreign lubricants (oil) sometimes do not match what we use.
- I have been around the world twice (Cessna 185 & Grumman Flying Boat). During these trips I ran very expensive ($65 and up each, 2 per cylinder) iridium or platnium fine wire spark plugs. They do NOT foul as easy.
- If you have a positive personality, patience and respect for foreign peoples you will probably have a good time. Lots of memories!!