Friday, March 26, 2010

Norman prepares for France / notes on trip to SE England

Norman is in Kent, England now preparing to fly to France leaving at approx. 10.30 am (GMT). He will be heading across the English channel via the White Cliffs of Dover. The day looks good as viability is about 10 miles (17 kilometers) with broken cloud at about 2,000 feet (600 meters). There is a slight head wind so he is expected to reach Le Touquet Airport at about 1PM (CET). He will be flying in formation down to the English coastline with four other autogyros - a nice sight if anyone can catch it. (Photo belwo of Norman preparing to leave Long Mynd, Shropshire, England)

He had an interesting flight down from our technical base RotorSport UK Ltd in Shropshire, England yesterday afternoon as it was "quite murky" with light rain. Not the best weather for autogyro flying.  He flew over his sisters house south of Luton near London, who had a visible good luck message mark out in her garden. A nice personal touch!

He was jointed by by fellow autogyro pilot John Butler and both escaped the heavy rain by the skin of their teeth. As they landed in Kent a sudden squall blew up and they struggled to get their autogyros under cover. But as quickly as it came the rain departed in 10 minutes.

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  1. Glad to hear you made it to Kent safely, it was definitely not nice weather for flying in SE England last night. Bon voyage for the next stage of the trip!

  2. Good start Norman, -- That's your second bit of water out of the way. We'll be "flying" with you pal. Gordon McCann -- (from near your hometown, -- he lives in Lisburn) is flying your route in a Cenna 172 -- (he couldn't find a virtual Gyrocopter.)

    Andy and the Low & Slow club from Vorona Aviation.

  3. Well done Norman,--Hope the weather stays good for you.Gordon has got his Virtual Gyrocopter now so he will be flying with you now ( well, virtually )
    Blue skies mate.

    Beech Baron man.

  4. You flew over my house in Droitwich according to the GPS track. Shame I wasn't around to wave. Best of luck Norman