Harrelson initially departed from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Florida on Friday, December 6, 2019, at 22:02Z (5:02 pm Eastern Standard Time) in his attempt to break the record set by Conrad in 1961. Officially, the record he pursues, endorsed by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) is the Speed Around the World, Westbound Class C-1d. Harrelson’s initial destination: Honolulu, Hawai’i. However, on the first leg, he noted one of the cylinders misfired after roughly 5 hours of flight time, and he stopped in Austin, Texas, to diagnose the problem—finding a loose lead wire to that cylinder. The engine ran faithfully for a few more hours, then the problem recurred, and he diverted again to San Luis Obispo. Believing there to be a further connection problem between the ignition and the cylinder, he resolved the issue and restarted the record attempt—after repositioning to Ontario, California—on December 8.