Sunday, April 11, 2010

Norman has landed west of Riyadh because of an approaching storm front

Norman has landed about 70 miles / 110 km west of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia because of an approaching storm front which other aircraft have had to divert around. Norman felt it would be safer in such a small open aircraft to land. He has landed near a filling station near Al Khalaig Alghabiyah where he will camp for the night. Norman has also been able to store the autogyro under cover for the night.

He back tracked earlier this morning as he assessed that he would need extra fuel for this flight, particularly negotiating the leading head winds of the approaching storm front. He therefore flew back on his route to pick up extra fuel from a garage he had spotted earlier.

He plans to fly on to Riyadh in the morning depending on weather and related flying conditions. This will be reviewed and updated in the morning.

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  1. Thank goodness for the explaination. My previous comments seem to be lost amongst the drama. Never mind, I'll still keep track though my comments may not get passed.


  2. Glad you're safely on the ground and the backtracking is explained! Hope it doesn't get too chilly camping in the desert ...

  3. This is amazing and makes the trip a true adventure! Camping in the desert under the stars and the thought of him pulling up at a petrol station in the middle of nowhere is magical. I hope he has a good night and can't wait to see the photos/vids he takes of this unexpected adventure. What a great memory to have. Well done Norman :-)

  4. I'd love to see the expression on the face of the guy pumping petrol!

    Best of luck, Norman, and stay safe.

  5. Best thing would be to just putter into the petrol station as if it was the most normal thing in the world to drop out of the sky and get your flying machine filled up. "Fill 'er up please ...

    ... what?"