Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Show your support for Norman and the GyroxGoesGlobal Circumnavigation flight.

Norman is still holding out hope for continued support from the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and Ministry of Transport (MOT) as the Chinese have now refused him flying permission for one of the two viable routes out of the Philippines. After months of work, persuasion and meetings the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority have refused our intrepid global gyrocopter pilot permission to fly across their country. Norman has also been working hard with the Japanese authorities to try and work out a safe route across their country. This is a particular challenge as such a flight in such an unusual aircraft has never taken place before and therefore needs special permission from the Japanese Authorities.

We are now calling for help from all the loyal supporters out there to help bring this phase of the journey to a satisfactory conclusion for all. Please contact the Japanese authorities / embassy where you are and ask them to continue to support Norman's world record flight by giving him clearance to fly across their great country."

Add your voice to the our global appeal to urge the Japanese aviation authorities to continue their ongoing support alongside the other 23 countries who make up the circumnavigation route. By acting together, they will allow this official FAI World Record attempt by Autogyro to embark on the second half of its circumnavigation journey.
A special exemption to fly for a short period of days through Japanese airspace will allow the flight to continue and to enable the onward route to be flown during the very brief “Arctic Summer” weather window. The onward route would then cross the Far East of Russia, the Bering Sea, North America and finally the North Atlantic to the FAI finish line back in Northern Ireland.
How to assist - if you can (and in your own words), contact your countries Japanese Embassy Press Office and/or Ambassadors Office, to express your support for the flight and highlight its varied objectives /goals (click here for a list of all Japanese embassies and consulates). This Global flight needs global international cooperation between all the participating countries to succeed and now, with the flight in its greatest “hour of need” we are appealing for your active, global support to help achieve it….perhaps even pass on this link...   to your friends who might then also lend their voice to this “Get Gyrox Going appeal!”  We appreciate very much your loyal ongoing interest in this very unique real life (and thanks to satellite tracker, online) 21st century adventure.
Now, let’s all try to get that little yellow aircraft, that’s been waiting so patiently en route in the Philippines, back on course and to get the first Autogyro, after 88 years of waiting, to finally, successfully, gloriously achieve a maiden flight around the world.
Many thanks from Norman and all the GYROX Team.

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  1. Roy Beggs MLA has contacted Mr Keiichi Hayashi Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Embassy of Japan, plus Owen Patterson MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland requesting their help to get Gyrox flying again.

  2. In response to a request for help, I contacted the Secretary of State for NI Owen Paterson. I am pleased to have received a speedy offer of assistance with the intervention of the Foreign Office. I have been advised that the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs will raise the matter of Normans Flight plan in a face to face meeting in Tokyo next week. With Norman’s urgent need to meet the summer weather window over the Bering Strait and Alaska, I would hope that the flight plan will be speedily finalised.”

    In his response, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Owen Paterson MP said “I understand that they (The British Embassy) are in contact with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Officials in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will also contact the Japanese Embassy in London to try and get them to speed up the process with their colleagues in Tokyo.”

    The Secretary of State for NI went on to say “Jeremy Browne MP, Secretary of State for foreign Affairs is due in Japan on 9 July and Tokyo on 11 July and he will raise the issue with the appropriate authorities during his visit.”