EARTHROUNDER MISSION

Dear Aero Zypangu Project supporters,

Thank you for your continuing support for Aero Zypangu Project. Due to the foregoing situations of COVID-19, Aero Zypangu Project has decided to postpone the takeoff date of May 1, 2020, from Everett, WA to fly around the world under its Earth Rounder Project. We have now set the new departure date for May 1, 2021. It was a very difficult decision; however, your health and safety are the most important, and we respect each country’s measures to fight against the further spread of the virus. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding of our decision.
 

It is our mission to provide dreams and hopes to people, to think together to overcome challenges, and to move forward to the future. Aero Zypangu Project will overcome this difficult time and continue our preparation for takeoff. Thank you again for your continuing support. Please stay safe and healthy.

May 1, 2021 

Take Off

From KPAE (Paine Field.WA)

About the Mission

One-eyed pilot, Shinji Maeda, will fly around the world to give a motivational speech. He has been inspiring people to pursue their dreams through his motivational speech and has reached out to thousands of people in the U.S. and Japan. Now, it’s time to go beyond and deliver this message to many more people across the world. It is happening. We believe it’s possible.

Why Earthrounder?

To bring inspiration and hope to this world.

When Shinji was 18 years old, he lost his eyesight in one eye. He had to face the fact that by law he could never pursue his dream of being a pilot in Japan. However, he made it happen. By overcoming the tragedy, he became a pilot and now he enjoys sharing his love and passions for flying with his student pilots as a flight instructor. He realized that sharing his journey and motivating others to achieve their dreams became his true passion. Since 2008, he’s been delivering motivational speeches in the US and Japan by flying on a commercial jet. But this time will be different. He’ll be flying around the world in his own airplane to give motivational speeches from Seattle to your countries. He'll go beyond and deliver his message to many more people across the world. Impossible? He says "No, not at all. I AM POSSIBLE and THIS IS POSSIBLE!"

Destinations

Shinji will fly to 16 countries for around 2 months. Due to the nature of this expedition flight, constantly changing circumstances such as weather/custom/technical holds, please note that these dates are estimated departure dates and subject to change. Please check our Facebook for the latest location updates.

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COUNTRIES

Please find a more detailed route and schedules from here.

Aircraft

MEET LUCY

Lucy is a 1963 Beechcraft Bonanza that has been flown and loved for many years. She was graciously provided for the EarthRounder 2020 Mission, and she needs YOUR love now! We have now installed the instruments, overhaul work, long-range fuel tanks, and new engines to make this flight possible. 
Learn how we prepared our aircraft.

Design by Testuo Tanaka

SHINJI'S MENTOR

Adrian Eichhorn

Adrian Eichhorn supports our Earthrounder Mission in May 2021 as a mentor who has experience of going around the world in his own airplane. The story of Shinji and Adrian has started back in 2017. When Shinji asked Adrian for help with his earthrounder mission, Adrian was impressed by his strong will and persistence to make it really happen. He has been sharing a lot of his knowledge and experience with Shinji, but what also makes them keep going for their dreams is that both have amazing fathers who support and encourage them to follow their passion and to be the best at it. We appreciate Adrian to be one of Shinji’s biggest supporters and we all wish more people could live their dreams as they do. Watch the video to learn how they bond together with laughter and their passions to deliver hope to this world.

SPONSORS

Our sponsors help us to make this impossible mission possible.
We are forever grateful.
We are a Washington State 501(c)3 federally registered non-profit corporation. We are Microsoft and Amazon.com matching-donation approved for employees. We accept corporate and individual sponsorship for the EarthRounder 2020 Mission.
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Aircraft Preparation

Shout out to our technical sponsors who made it happen!

PHASE 1

Installation of a new engine, prop, check aircraft structural integrity, tip tank, and many others. Mike and Dave are dedicated to all phase of Lucy's integration

PHASE 2

Installation of a new navigation system - GPS, Radio, ELT, Transponder, and autopilot. Dan and Ben are responsible for all avionics integration. 

PHASE 3

Final paint by Cascade Custom Design, two brothers, Steven and Brian. Paint designed by Mr. Testuo Tanaka, a Japanese aviation manga artist. 

 

Your Support Matters

When I fly the world, you will be flying with me in my heart.

Let's make this happen together.

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