Monday, May 31, 2010

A waiting game - engine and bodywork repairs progress

Repairing an aircraft, much like flying one, definitely has its high and low points and the past few weeks have seen several. On the positive side we have seen good progress with John checking over the engine and stripping the airframe back ready for repair. Photo below shows the Rotax engine suspended and detached from the autogyro to facilitate repairs. (May be used with permission

We have also sourced a local composite repair shop capable of repairing the carbon fibre enclosure (bodywork) to the required standard and as luck would have it this facility is a manufacturing outpost of a German company. In fact the President of the Thai company knows the German AutoGyro company very well. The penny dropped and the connection made when the Thai operations manager saw online the very same enclosure parked on the forecourt of a Saudi Arabian Garage some weeks back! Sometimes it is a very small world! Photo below shows the bodywork arriving at the Thai factory for repair with John (left) and factory staff looking on. (May be used with permission

And so we continue our pleasurable incarceration in Thailand for the time being...


  1. It was great to hear some news from Nongprue and uplifting to hear that Roxy's bodywork is getting the work done by the right people who were in the right place at the right time! The power of the internet at it's most helpful :-)
    Poor old Roxy looks a bit naked without her bits, lol, but I'm sure she will be as good as new in no time :-)
    Enjoy your 'incarceration' in paradise Norman, we are all still thinking about you.

  2. How lucky to find the right people to repair the bodywork right where you are. Here's hoping the repairs continue to go well and you will soon be back in the air.

  3. Dorothy ThompsonMay 31, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Great to receive some good news this morning from Nongprue, very uplifting.
    Hope all the repairs and tests go smoothly. and you will soon be on your journey