One of Jon Johanson's dreams was to fly to Oshkosh, WI to attend the EAA annual aviation meet. But
Jon was just a normal person who had to prove that an ordinary fellow is capable of doing extraordinary
things. He followed his dream of having his own plane by building his own craft, a "Van's Aircraft kit,
model RV-4, registered VH-NOJ. Construction took 2½ years followed by testing the plane and testing himself
for long distance flights. When satisfied, he then flew east round-the-world 1n 1995.
But a dream satisfied is only the path for the next dream. This time Jon would fly west
round-the-world. He would visit Oshkosh again and many of his friends along the way. He made his 2nd
round-the-world flight in a total flying time of 260:17H, a total night flight of 38:39H and a total IFR
time of 12:40H traveling a total distance of 38,258 miles.
First easterly RTW in 1995, second westerly RTW 1996, what's next? In 2000 Jon would again fly
round-the-world but this time he would fly over the North Pole on his path round-the-world. He would set
four general aviation world records with this flight. The only problem he experienced crossing the North
Pole was a cracked windscreen from the intense cold.
Jon lamented on his return home, "Once again we have proven to the world that custom built aircraft are
real aircraft and a force to be reckoned with" and "If you believe in luck I have been extraordinarily
lucky. If you believe in more than luck, I have been exceedingly well cared for. Till next time, keep
smiling and may you be as well cared for as I have been. Jon's crusade to others was now clear, "Dare to
dream and never give up."
He wrote a book, "Aiming High" describing his path to the skys.
Departed Adelaide, Australia
Lord Howe Island
Ardmore, New Zealand
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunset Park, OR
Salmon Arm, Canada
Yellow Knife, Canada
North Pole 07/06/2000
Biggin Hill, England
Ft. Collins, CO
Sunset Park, OR (Van's fly-in)
Las Palmas, Canary Islands
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Walvis Bay, South West Africa
Durban, South Africa
Arrived Adelaide, Australia.
Jon's first round-the-world flight adventure in 1995 and second in 1996.