This is about an autogyro record attempt flight around the world.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Norman landed safely Saudi Arabia
Norman landed safely at Jeddah Airport, Saudi Arabia at 17:40 (IST). As Eddie Gold who hosted Norman in Cairo said "over 6 hours flying and arriving as the light fades makes this leg of his journey one to remember!
The initial flight north this morning, the opposite to Normans intended route, was because of the extremly strict flight rules. This prohibits civil aircraft from flying direct from Aswan in Egypt to Jeddah. This route must be done from Luxor. As a result Norman had to fly back to Luxor to get on the acceptable airway to Jeddah.
Norman was further slowed down by the Egyptian bureaucracy this was in contrast to the wonderful people he met there and the help and support he received from them. Between this and the diversion north nearly two hours were added to his flight time making it an exhausting six hours plus!
Norman Surplus is from Larne in N. Ireland. He is an accomplished autogyro pilot who has been active in many outdoor pursuits over the years. He is also an experienced crew member of a Royal National Lifeboat Institution rescue boat (similar to coastgurad recue) with responsibility for navigation and steering (coxswain). Norman is also the co-founder of clean energy technology company B9 Energy.