So Far, So Good In Adventurer's 'Round-The-World Solo
UPDATE: 1730 EST Steve Fossett ran into some navigation
problems Tuesday. While crossing North Africa, he reportedly lost
the use of his GPS for a short time.
"This is my sole source of navigation," Fosset said during an
interview with Project Manager Paul Moore Tuesday morning. "This is
very serious." He was quoted by the Salina Journal, which has
tracked Fossett's record attempt since his Global Flyer team
arrived in Salina, KS, last month.
Ironically, with the onboard GPS on the fritz, Mission Control
and Moore could tell where Fossett was at any given time --
Fossett, however, couldn't.
The GPS problem first cropped up about four hours into the
flight, as Fossett was crossing the North American coast, into the
open Atlantic on his way to Africa. but just as mysteriously as it
cropped up, the problem disappeared.
Fossett is now over east-central Africa. Fuel consumption is a
tad better than originally thought, but he's not making the time
he'd hoped to make.
REAL TIME UPDATE: 0830 EST Pilot/adventurer
Steve Fossett reportedly spent a trouble-free night on the first
leg of his attempt to set a new world record -- around the world
solo, without refueling.
At 0830 Tuesday, Fossett and his Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer
were eastbound, just off the coast of Morrocco. Mission Control
reported his speed at 346 kts. and his altitude at 43,634 feet.
“Essentially everything is going extremely well and
according to plan,” mission spokesman Paul Moore said at a
news conference shortly after 2000 local Monday.
“[Fosset's]comfortable with the controls and comfortable with