Latest news from Dot and Jim. May 2019
Where has all the year gone? It is hard to believe it is already May and on a very cold Bank Holiday Monday what better than to let all our supporters have some news of our project to fly around the world. Maybe you have been checking on the website or social media for the latest posts and already know some of this news.
The communications company Iridium had offered us support and we met Dan Mercer the Vice President and General Manager for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia. We had a display at the recent General Aviation Day held at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford and Dan came along to bring all the equipment to enable us to stay connected. During the flight everyone will be able to click on a link that connects to the Iridium tracker in the plane and will show our position. This will also be used to monitor our progress and send out messages if an issue is detected. The satellite telephone can connect everywhere and will allow us to make contact anywhere, anytime and is a very useful addition to our safety equipment.
By the way did you see the photos of Percy in the cockpit of Concorde? Percy had privilege access to many of the planes in the museum.. he is a lucky bird. Dot was able to go along with Percy and made the most of the opportunities.
Percy has been busy recently flying off to some scenic parts of the country including the Ki elder Forest where he helped Jim and Dot with the start of a Navigation rally for adventure bikes. The participants all thought it was so funny to have a pigeon on the start and finish line. Next he went down to Walters Arena near Neath in South Wales where Jim and Dot were supporting their granddaughter Chloe and her co-driver Tom in the first round of the British Cross Country Championship. This weekend he has gone off into the wilds of Staffordshire to check out some of the Iridium equipment… he is such a busy bird. Hopefully he has been tweeting about all these visits and you can follow him @percythepigeon3 on twitter. ( sorry but Jim and Dot do not tweet).
With regard to the route of the flight we have made significant progress and will now include a stopover at Plovdiv in Bulgaria , the European City of Culture for 2019.Then we will fly along the Black Sea coast of Turkey and overfly Armenia into Azerbhjan to visit Baku, the lowest Capital City. Dot and Jim visited La Paz in Bolivia which is the highest Capital city and will be interested to see the differences between the two places. After crossing the Caspian Sea and landing in Turkmenistan the route will follow the coast into Kazakstan and cross that vast country into Mongolia.
Jim had planned the route to include China but after a lot of frustration and lack of information about fuel and landing fees for a small non-commercial plane he has taken the decision to avoid China. So now the route will go from Mongolia into Russia at Irkutsk then turn eastward to the Pacific Coast of Eastern Russia. Flying north following this coastline until the crossing over to Alaska. The next area to cause concern will be northern Quebec in Canada where the ice sometimes does not melt until mid July. Overflying islands whose only habitants are polar bears will be exciting and also navigating through the Cumberland Sound where the cliffs can reach 4000feet will be a challenge. Greenland next, then Iceland where we hope the unpronounceable volcano does not erupt again as we fly over to Scotland and back to Liverpool.
The next news update should contain the take off date, information about TV interviews and look out for photos of the plane with the names and logos of all our supporters.
Once again we thank each and everyone of you for the continued support and we will continue to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society to support families and sufferers of dementia.