Mike “Bravo” Brewton embarked on the adventure of his life April 6.
The Auburn pilot took flight last week on a trip that will take him to the West Indies and back home in a plane he built in his garage.
“The trip will be flying the islands and scuba diving, there is some of the best diving in the world down there, so I have been told,” Brewton said in an email to The Union.
He earned the nickname Mike Bravo from the aircraft registration letters on his plane. Brewton is flying a Van’s RV-7A.
“They are great little two-seat planes. They cruise at about 200 mph and have about a 900-mile range in between fuel stops. It has an auto pilot and oxygen system for flying at higher altitudes,” Brewton wrote.
A pilot for 15 years, Brewton planned to fly across country to Florida with a friend from Lincoln following him. There, they met up with a larger group from around the U.S. — 10 planes in all — to fly to Turks, the British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic and then a 400-mile overwater leg to Aruba and Bonaire, Grenada, and from there “island-hopping all the way back up,” Brewton said.
“Some of the islands we plan to visit are as follows: St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Martinque, Guadelope, Antiqua, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Martin, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Great Exuma. We are also planning a one-day flying adventure on April 16 to these islands, St. Croix, Culebra, Vieques, Puerto Rico and Beef Island, then its back to Florida and California bound!!” he added.
Brewton wrote that this is a trip of a lifetime for him. Despite the long journey ahead, he was excited for take-off.
He has attached a Spot tracker on his plane that shows in real time the group’s position.
“If you see it in one place over the water for more than 30 minutes, send help,” Brewton wrote jokingly.
As of Friday afternoon, Brewton was on one of the British Islands. To follow his progress, go to http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0xmtfokB2qT1OxmTHQy9qrIKobDUbylfx.
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