|Dougie arrives in time to help Norman with the cherry harvest.|
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
|Norman at the sign for Vladivostok|
|Norman at a Vladivostok landmark, celebrating the city's maritime history|
|An aerial view of Vladivostok taken during one of Norman's local flights with the flying club.|
|Norman at the rather rustic but functional clubhouse of the Primorsky Flying Club|
|Pre-flighting...the Russian way!|
|Norman is strapped into the rear seat of the Yak-52 ready for take-off|
|Norman thanks the Yak-52 pilot, Valeri Tamarovski, for the experience.|
|Norman with members of the Primorsky Flying Club.|
|Norman receives a complimentary Primorsky FC cap from the 'Chief of the Air Club'... Aleksander Urbanovich|
|Norman's talk about the flight is greatly appreciated by the staff and pupils of the Artem language school.|
(Read more about Norman's visit to the language school via their website - Click Here)
|Norman is presented with the traditional Black Bread and Salt by local children.|
|Maybe not the best starter to have before trying to give a talk.|
|Norman prepares for his flight around the Vladivostok area on a bitterly cold day with suitably attired Flying club members|
|Norman returns to the ground after the flight in the Tecnam P2002JF, piloted by Aleksander Urbanovich|
|Good to see that there are other rotor-craft in this part of Russia. Norman gives the thumbs up to the Kamov KA-27 with its contra-rotating rotors!|
I would also like to thank personally our main contact in Vladivostok, Dmitri Igrushin, who looked after me extremely well during my stay there.
|Just time, before heading back to Japan, for Norman to join in the Halloween fun with local children, who gave this years party an aviation theme in honour of Norman.|
Friday, July 6, 2012
|Dougie, the Stomawise 'traveller' arrives in Japan and is briefed on all things aviation.|
|Norman shows his new companion around Roxy's cockpit and rear seat.|
|Dougie feels at home in the 2nd seat behind Norman|
|Norman, Roxy and new friend Dougie are raring to set off again.|
|Norman and Dougie, both in their own flying gear.|
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The reasons for this are best described by publishing here the press release Norman has sent out to the world's media. The plea for your help is at the bottom of the release.
We are effectively still stuck in Japan at the moment and urgently in need of a big groundswell of popular support from our many supporters and online followers around the UK and the World to help convince our various local politicians to lobby the UK Foreign Office in London to, in turn and on our behalf, urge the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allow our “Gyrox Goes Global” flight permission application to be quickly acted on and approved.
Basic World Geography dictates, that this northern routing across the Bering Sea to Alaska is the only possible way that any light aircraft (from any country) can hope to cross the vastness of the Pacific Ocean and as such, the Russians along with the Americans in Alaska, should feel a sense of moral duty and obligation to the World to act as a responsible gatekeeper, extending free access and unhindered passage to all such flights wanting to cross this region, providing that they are flying on an internationally recognised, Official FAI World Record Circumnavigation attempt.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
|No alternate landing field from Japan to Vladivostok|
|Looking decidedly chilly, Norman prepares to do some engine runs at Shonai Airport, Japan this week.|
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Roxy has been in storage at Shonai airport, Japan, since the circumnavigation was put on hold last autumn because of weather conditions and bureaucratic delays. But as the weather is set to clear and the bureaucratic problems are solved it was time to dust off the rotors, put all the bits back together and following engine test runs earlier this week, take to the air again.
As we saw on Monday, the supposed first day of test flying, the weather still had a bearing on the schedule as a massive snow storm grounded everything, but yesterday the snow was cleared and Norman was at the airport early hoping to get some comprehensive test flights in.
But, as is the case with flying and some would say...Murphy's Law, this first flight was delayed as a heavy rain storm crossed the area. It was strange that the whole of Japan was rain free except for that patch of sky over Shonai Airport!
|The weather radar shows Japan is clear except for the area where Norman is.|
|Norman watches the rain outside the airport office window, flight suit and hot coffee at the ready.|
|Norman taxies Roxy out onto the rain-soaked taxiway at Shonai. Note the piles of snow still hanging on.|
|Norman and Roxy take to the skies for the first time this year.|
Following an hours test flying Norman brought Roxy gently back to earth and following a press interview tucked Roxy up for the night, happy in the knowledge that she had performed perfectly and that there were many more flights to come.
|Roxy arrives back at Shonai after a successful test flight.|
Norman will be flying each day (weather permitting) from now until and including the 30th March.
Expected times for flying each day are...
Monday, March 26, 2012
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Update on What is Happening
|Norman and Roxy raring to go, but still firmly stuck on Terra Firma as guests of the Shonai Airport Fire Service.|