Sunday, April 18, 2010

India here Norman comes!

Norman plans to fly to the Republic of India today the world's largest democracy - staggering 1.2 billion people. This leg of his journey could present the greatest challenge as the last attempt to fly an autogyro around the world faltered here. Expedition Global Eagle (logo below) took place in 2004 and was abandoned in the far east of India because of the monsoon generated difficult weather.

Norman's journey through India will be a total of over 1,450 miles / 2,300 kilometers - a challenge in anyones book. He will be traveling in an easterly direction from the cities of Ahmadabaad in the west to Kolkata in the east.  Below are the places Norman plans stops: 
  • Ahmadabaad VAAH - 18 Apri
  • Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport VAID - 19 April
  • Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Int. Nagpur  VANP - 19 April
  • Raipur Airport VARP - 20 April
  • Jamshedpur Airport VEJS - 21 April
  • Kolkata Airport VECC - 21 April
Obviously this is subject to weather conditions, flight permissions and a myriad of other things. Because of the very hot weather Norman is now departing very early in the morning local time. 

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  1. Good luck on your flight today Norman. A new country and a new culture! You should start seeing vast tracts of greenery soon, it's been a while since you last saw that. Enjoy Ahmedabad, it looks quite a modern city. Happy landings :-)

  2. Namaste..Hey lad their was no need or that!! More exciting than the F1. Very pleased to see the 10.26hrs Spot report. I estimate 84 Kts on the last leg
    I have fined myself for guessing the wrong route. No excuses. A donation will be made.
    Drink plenty you will not need a toilet in the heat. TR Kirk-B

  3. Spot shows you at Ahmadabaad already, well done! Nepal Gazette have started following me on Twitter - I'm guessing it's because I was tweeting about your trip so they may be interested in doing an item on you if you can link up with them.