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Peter and John have been friends for years through their shared passion for aviation and are also cousins through marriage!


Though both Peter and John have myriad hours of flight experience, this will be their first trip around the entire globe. Amazingly, only 700 pilots have ever flown around the world and fewer than 300 of those people are alive today. This trip puts John and Peter in unique and incredible company. Upon considering the idea of this daunting endeavor, Peter lightheartedly says that he thought, "One of the things I hadn't done yet was fly around the world!". 

Both Peter and John agreed that polio eradication would be the benefactor of their flight. Polio eradication has been a primary focus of Rotary for over 35 years and continues to be a major initiative. While the end of polio may be near, no child anywhere is safe until every child has been vaccinated. Ending polio is only a flight away!


Click here to donate and help end polio forever. 100% of your contribution will be donated to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Program and thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, each dollar you donate turns into three dollars with their generous 2:1 match. Peter and John are covering the entire cost of the flight as well as taking time away from their careers and lives to help end polio.


John has been piloting small aircraft for over 43 years. He maintains antique training airplanes from World War II in his free time and is the proud owner of two WWII war birds.

He is a member of the Iowa City, Iowa A.M. Rotary Club and also served as District Governor for Rotary District 6000. Like Peter, John is also a member of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.


John is now retired, having spent his career as CEO of City Carton Recycling, based in Iowa City, Iowa. John attended the University of Iowa and then served in the United States Air Force from 1972 to 1976. Two years of his service to our country was as a crew member on board an AC-130 aircraft in Thailand.


Peter is an experienced pilot and has been piloting small aircraft for over 47 years. He is a member of the Cedar Rapids West Rotary Club and of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.

Peter is a Funeral Director and President of Teahen Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids, IA.  He is an author, and a mental health professional.  He was awarded the designation of Diplomate from the National Center for Crisis Management and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Peter serves on the faculty at the University of Iowa and is the founder of the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival.


Peter has served in leadership roles on sixty-seven major disasters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, Sri Lanka, Haiti, and the Darfur Region of Sudan.  He responded to the September 11th World Trade Center attack, Hurricane Katrina, Indonesian Tsunami in 2004, and the Haiti Earthquake in 2010.  He is recognized for his work on aviation disasters and is internationally known for his work in critical incident stress management and the psycho-social impact of disasters.


He has served as a volunteer for 19 years as national media spokesperson for the American Red Cross. He has been interviewed on Good Morning America, Oprah, Weather Channel, Fox News, the British Broadcasting Company and Aljazeera.


Peter is the recipient of numerous national awards of distinction that includes the National Public Spirit Award. American Legion Auxiliary.  Previous recipients include Ronald Reagan, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ann Landers, and Dr. Robert Schuller.

For a complete record of Peter's boundless volunteerism, professional accomplishments, and philanthropic efforts, please visit PeterTeahen.com.

The Lance II is a single engine, low wing retractable landing gear, all metal airplane featuring the tail surface in a “T” configuration. Dual flight controls are provided as standard equipment. It has seating for up to six occupants and two separate one hundred pound luggage compartments.

The Lance II is registered as: N36194

AIRFRAME: With the exception of the steel engine mount, the landing gear, miscellaneous steel parts, the cowling, and the lightweight plastic extremities (tip of wings, tail fin and stabilator), the basic airframe is of aluminum alloy.

The fuselage is a semi-monocoque structure. There is a front door on the right side and a rear door on the left. A cargo door is instated aft of the rear passenger door. When both rear doors

are open, large pieces of cargo can be loaded through the extra-wide opening.

Each wing contains two interconnected fuel tanks. Both tanks on one side are filled through a single filler neck located in the outboard tank. The standard fuel capacity of the Lance II is 98 gallons, of which 94 gallons are usable. The fuel is Avgas 100 LL. The typical fuel burn of 16.5 gallons per hour allows for a five hour flight with a 45 minute reserve. A 165 gallon capacity “Turtle Tank” will be installed prior to the Flight to End Polio departure.


Wingtip to Wingtip: 33 feet

Nose to Tail: 28 feet

Overall Height: 9 feet

ENGINE: The Lycoming IO-540-KIG5D engine is rated at 300 horsepower at 2700 rpm. The engine has a compression ratio of 8.7 to 1 and requires 100/130 minimum octane fuel. The constant speed three blade propeller is manufactured by Hartzell.


The 14-volt electrical system includes a 12-volt battery for starting and to back up alternator output. Electrical power is supplied by a 60 ampere alternator.


For ease of entry and exit and for pilot and passenger comfort, the front seats are adjustable fore and aft. All seats recline and have armrests & headrests. The Lance offers club seating interior where the four aft seats face each other.


Plane Built: 1978

Manufacturer: Piper Corporation

Model: Lance II

Engine: Single

Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming

Rated Horsepower: 300 horse power

Engine Type: 6 Cylinder, Air Cooled

Fuel: AVGAS 100LL

Fuel Capacity: 98 gallons

Usable fuel: 94 gallons

Fuel Range Capacity: 5 hours plus 45 minute reserve

Maximum Takeoff Weight (lbs): 3600

Speed (avg): 150 knots/173mph

Fuel Burn (avg): 16.5 gallons per hour



Additional Fuel Tank will be added for Flight: 165 gallons. Approximately 50% of our fuel will be hand pumped from 55 gallon drums. Fuel Drums will be shipped via rail, truck, and ship to needed location

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