Monday, May 23, 2011

A Week in the Philippines.

Following Norman’s arrival a week ago at Woodland Air Park in the Philippines, people may have been wondering what he has been up to. Obviously, because of the long gap since the circumnavigation was put on hold last year, Norman has been extremely busy with updating flight plans and attaining new permits for flying to modified destinations. Major world events over the last 6 months have necessitated a rethink on the original route, and hopefully new destinations will be confirmed soon and then the journey can resume.


But it hasn’t all been a week of paperwork. The weekend Norman arrived at Woodland’s coincided with the Flying club’s ‘Fly-In’. Norman enjoyed all the flying displays and was even able to give a small demonstration of the agility of the Gyrocopter as well as offering some air-experience flights to friends from the local area.

Norman prepares to put Roxy through her paces as Sheila holds on tightly
(courtesy of Tonet Rivera and Sheila Kristine De Leon)
Local friends, Tonet Rivera and Sheila Kristine De Leon, have graciously allowed us to use their images from the day, which include shots of Sheila’s ‘Gyro Grin’ after her flight with Norman and Roxy.

Time to fly! Sheila gives a thumbs up for the flight of a lifetime
(courtesy of Tonet Rivera and Sheila Kristine De Leon)

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Norman Taxi's Roxy out as Sheila waves from the rear seat
(courtesy of Tonet Rivera and Sheila Kristine De Leon)

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Flight over but Sheila's helmet hides her expression
(courtesy of Tonet Rivera and Sheila Kristine De Leon)
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There it is, the famous 'Gyro Grin' strikes again!
(courtesy of Tonet Rivera and Sheila Kristine De Leon)


Norman was also lucky enough to be given the chance to take the front seat in a partially restored Boeing Stearman Biplane as it did taxi trials for the spectators. At least it was the same colour Norman was used to!

Hey Norman! You're in the wrong yellow aircraft!
(courtesy of Tonet Rivera and Sheila Kristine De Leon)
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Norman, sitting in the front seat, enjoys the taxi trials of the big Boeing Stearman Biplane.
(courtesy of Tonet Rivera and Sheila Kristine De Leon)
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Looking up, Norman wonders why the Stearman's wings aren't revolving?
(courtesy of Tonet Rivera and Sheila Kristine De Leon)

Following the ‘Fly-in’ weekend it was back to work and a week spent preparing ‘Roxy’ for her long journey. A number of cosmetic modifications were undertaken, including adding new camera mounts and some new stickers. Check out the Angeles City FC website by clicking here and see where Norman and Roxy are at the moment.

Roxy's tail, announcing the all important record attempt that is still on!
(courtesy of Tonet Rivera and Sheila Kristine De Leon)
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Balancing! The rotors and the top of the step-ladders.

A new fuel sensor system was fitted and the photos show Norman busy with this task, although you may think he has actually found a hiding place to escape from the rain and snow which will be a big part of the adventure when he reaches Siberia and Alaska!

Is Norman applying new fuel sensors or....
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...making space to create his own personal 'hidey-hole'?

All in all, a very busy week but at least Roxy is now looking pristine and ready to Wow the rest of the world as she and Norman continue around the second half of the globe!


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The Gyrox Team.

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4 comments:

  1. No.1 Dublin follower.... PaulMay 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Lots to do and places to go !! Great photos and update Norman. Wont be long now before you hit the skies again ! How do you always seem to miss the Icelandic volcano ash when everyone else is grounded ?? :-)

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  2. Dorothy ThompsonMay 24, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    I am sure you are so happy to be back flying once again.
    Now for the second leg of your incredible journey which I will follow daily, as before.
    Good luck Norman and Larne's own yellow bumblebee.

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  3. Great photos Norman. You certainly seem to have the Gyro Grin back in place. Although I am quite jealous that you got to go in the Stearman. But I expect your trip meter has a few more miles on it than the other yellow resident ;-)
    Can't wait for the journey to resume. Clear skies and happy landings :-)

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  4. I'm so proud of that "Gyro Grin"

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