AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2021 - 62

frank. Mostly, he tells people they're not
ready to take on such a challenge.
" The actual flying part is pretty easy,
and GPS navigation is easy, " he said. " But
flying around the world is a marathon. It's
exhausting, and doing it successfully takes
judgment, and judgment comes from experience. I usually tell people they need more
flying experience to develop the judgment
they'll need when they find themselves in
difficult or confusing situations a long way
from home. "
Even though Maeda doesn't have
vast flying experience, Eichhorn said he's
impressed with the thoughtful, deliberate way Maeda has approached the task.
Maeda hired Bonanza maintenance experts
to upgrade his airplane with a Continental
IO-550 engine, a JPI engine monitor, dual
Garmin G5 attitude instruments, a GTN
650 GPS/com, and a fuselage ferry tank.
He found a professional flight dispatching firm in England to handle the border
crossing and customs paperwork. And he's
raising and setting aside the funds he estimates the trip will cost-between $50,000
and $70,000.
For Maeda, the journey isn't an ego trip.
He's got a hopeful message that he thinks
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people are ready to hear. " This isn't about
me, " he said. " It's not about Shinji. It's
about following your dreams. People face
difficulties-small, medium, and large-
everywhere in the world. My life is just one
example of that. "
Maeda said his late father, a farmer from
Hokkaido, the northernmost main island
in Japan, who died from cancer in 2019,
encouraged him to make the global trip
during one of their last talks. Maeda's dad
was proud of his son's resilience for recovering from life-threatening injuries, and he
told him others would benefit from knowing his story.
" He apologized to me for not being able
to provide any specific guidance to me as I
pursued my aviation dreams, " Maeda said.
" I told him that was exactly wrong. He was
with me the whole way-and completing
this flight successfully is a way to honor him
and the many, many sacrifices he made for
his family. "
Maeda isn't treating the journey like a
race. He plans to spend three months away
from home-and Eichhorn says that's wise.
" Pilots make mistakes when they're
fatigued, hurried, or distracted, " Eichhorn
said. " Shinji is planning this trip in a way

that recognizes those factors and makes
them manageable. "
Eichhorn and Maeda met for the first
time near the Boeing engineer's home in
Seattle while Eichhorn was there on an
airline trip. Eichhorn looked over Maeda's
Bonanza and liked the modifications he
was making. In 2020, he invited Maeda to
fly to Virginia, Eichhorn's home state, on
a shakedown cruise for the recently renovated aircraft.
Maeda made the eastbound trip in 11
flight hours with one fuel stop.
" It was my longest one-day trip in the
Bonanza and it went almost perfectly, "
Maeda said. " I was a little nervous because
I've never flown on the East Coast, or into
the Washington, D.C., airspace, and I didn't
know if the controllers would be able to
understand my accent. But they were great.
Have I told you how much I love the United
States aviation system? "

Blessing in disguise

Maeda and Eichhorn participated in an
air-to-air photography flight at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland. It was an



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