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Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
Trip End Sep 11, 2011

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Flag of France  , Provence,
Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11 2010, 11.27 local time. We are on our way!   We had a wonderful  send-off  by family and friends, although it was touch and go whether we would get away with the weather as it was.  All the planning in the world couldn't allow for the vagaries of the British climate…

Take off was a piece of cake and  once mid channel, the cloud cleared and we had blue skies all the way to Cannes, France. A good view of Mont Blanc en route was an interesting surprise. We decided to stay the night there as we didn’t have sufficient time to get all the way to Rome and put the aircraft away before nightfall. 

We were directed to a small hotel, metres away from the airport terminal; this was quite adequate for a good meal and a desperately needed decent night’s sleep!

Note:  Our trip is being followed by young Jamie and his classmates as their Geography project for this year.  So no pressure!  We will be adding questions for them at the bottom of each blog; for anyone else so inclined, please feel  free to answer and drop us a line.  No prizes though!

Question:  Cannes is famous for its Film Festival, but what is the name of the wind that funnels down the Rhone valley?
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Chris Bonner on

Hi Pat,

Posted this on the BALPA forum.

RE:Capt Pat Elliott (BA - Retired) - Around the world flight in a Rutan Long-EZ [G-LGEZ]
11/09/2010 12:20:01
Maybe the first sighting!!

I was out walking the dog 30 minutes ago (11.40 BST) when I heard an interesting aeroplane engine, and it was getting nearer.

There it was - a Long-Ez right over Loxwood heading South towards Pulborough. There is quite a low overcast here today so the machine wasn't particularly high, anyway I waved in case it was Pat and Linda, and wished them well in their adventure. The dog barked too.

If it was you Pat, I'll be keeping an eye/ear out for you over the next few months.

Good luck mate,

Very best wishes,


Joe Person on

Cheers Pat!

If you should happen to find yourself in the Seattle, Washington (USA) area during your journey, let me know - we'll have a spare guest bedroom ready, along with a BBQ salmon dinner...

-Joe Person
VariEze N79JN
Bothell, WA (Based at Paine Field, Everett)


Gilbert VE F-PMPZ on

The wind is named Mistral.
Have a good trip.

Steve B on

Hi Pat & Linda
Very best wishes to both of you - my thoughts are with you and I'll follow your progress with just a little envy and loads of admiration.

What fantastic aircraft the Ezs are!


Allen on

You have a place to stay if you are in Roanoke Virginia. Have a great trip! I will be following you on line every step of the way.

Long-Ez (O-320)
acrowder2000 at yahoo

Morgan Secker on

Hi Pat and Linda,
Best wishes for your fantastic adventure. If you stop off in Bermuda, perhaps you can sort out the O'day while you're there!!!
Happy and Safe Flying,

Morgan Secker

Ray Howell on

Pat, I was flying south from Bergamo over Rome listening for you on the 11th, but it was getting too dark. Little did I know you were in Cannes! Good luck!

Does this thing have hot food and toilet facilities? I'm trying to get my head around flying without being served constant tea and airline-type food. I think it's called 'nightmare'! Good luck, and fair winds!

Little Brother on

I sincerely hope that the Italian folk are equally impressed with your "Vasto Semplice" as we are. Patrick, take good care of your VIP! Good luck to you both we will be following you closely.

Richard & Valerie on

Hello to you two eskimo's,
We are with you in spirit wherever you go. Enjoy the wonderful trip.
We wish that we had gone with.
Dougs Phone number in Albany is 0061 898 514 185 (from UK).
If you end up in Albany give him a ring.

Mike T on


All the very best for both of you on your stunning trip. I'm sure that Emma, along with many of your old mates, will be listening out for you from her 'light twin' anywhere between here and Sydney ;^)

Mike T, Vari Eze G-EMMY, Rochester.

Tom on

Great to know that the two of you are off to a flying start. I look forward to further updates.

All the best


Tim Walker on

Tammy and I will be watching...and waiting for your arrival in N.C.

Eric Cobb on

God Speed.

Mike Bem on

Hi Pat,
What an adventure. If your route includes Pennsylvania in the US, get in touch. As another Long Ez flyer, I will follow your trip with great interest. Good luck and God's speed. N989LE
Mike Bem
Malvern, Pennsylvania

Tony Rothwell on

Good Luck - envious.
A bed available if you are coming via Canberra Australia
Brenda and Tony Rothwell

SP.Johnson on

Hey Guys God speed and Blue skies!!

Enjoy your vacation!!

Inspecter Don on

You are fulfilling an aviators dream .I,ll be checking your progress.Good luck ,safe journey,Look forward to the homecoming.

Graham, Doreen, Graham & Gayle Vincent (Aberdeen) on

Hi Patrick & Linda, wow!! what a fantastic trip of a life time....so so jealous and thankyou for sharing your journey with us, we are seeing places that we will probably never see. Best wishes to both of you and of course Little Ted ,we will be keeping up with your progress. Take care and safe journeys, from you old neighbours in Aberdeen.

Colin McGeachy on


Just flew out of Carp (Ottawa) and noticed your Long on the ramp. Couldn't figure out why there was UK registered Long in Ottawa! I used to fly G-LEZE out of Fairoaks a few years back. Now living in Stittsville, just down the road from Carp. If I had known your were coming I'd have offered a room.

Best of luck with the rest of your trio.

Colin McGeachy

Chi Zhang on

You guys are so amazing! And you are very encouraging, too.


serge on

Bonjour de Vannes

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