I flew my 290 powered Long EZ from Hood River, Oregon to OSH (1,610 statute miles) starting with 52 gallons of gas nonstop in 7.5 hours (with a tailwind). I landed with seven gallons of fuel. My friend Dave Lind built a back seat aux. tank for his Long EZ and flew to Hawaii..... and back to CA. Also, he landed in all 50 states.My P210 has aux tip tanks for 120 gallons total fuel. That provides ~8+ hours plus and a ~1000+ nautical mile range. Have I ever flown a 1000 miles non-stop? No.
However what I do do is often fly to remote locations (like Baja MX or John Creek) that have no fuel then return with plenty of reserves. Or land at airports with sky high fuel prices then fly home to fill at my favorite FBO for better $$. And wherever I go I always plan a minimum of 30 gallons (2.5 hours) reserve so the safety factor is huge. Some jets only have 2.5 hours range when they take off!
These capability makes flying fun and relaxed. I'm never stressed about for example, arriving at a remote MX strip being fuel critical. There are hours and hours still in the tank to make an alternate. Or get annoyed with $7/gallon avgas. I can tanker fuel . Or get tense when ATC put you in a hold with 20 in the queue before you can shoot your approach.
So range has perks. Even if one doesn't fly across the country on every trip, I would always pick the longer range capability.
Looks like he made it all the way around the airport.2nd flight track log:
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I’m not so sure about that. The track image makes it look like he landed in the opposite direction of his takeoff. Barring a major wind shift, that might suggest a forced early landing or some other problem.Looks like he made it all the way around the airport.