N.A.B.D. Rally at Tabley showground

We had a very interesting weekend at the rally organised by the National Association for Disabled Bikers at the showground in Tabley, Knutsford. Some unusual specially adapted  machines, lots of loud music and some very friendly people

Around the World at 80 display at Tabley

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HUGE THANKS to everyone who made a donation.

sunshine and fun

Hope everyone is enjoying the Bank Holiday sunshine. We are planning to be at some of the summer airshows-this weather will be ideal. Pop along to say hello between the excitement of the flying. Cheers everyone who has already made a donation. Thank you.

Around the World at 80 poster

Thanks to Crewe Printers for the banner design and the lovely new poster. All donors will receive a copy to print.

 

Around the World at 80 route and flags of countries.

Peterborough show

Thanks to everyone who stopped to chat and those who made a donation. The space was a bit drab but we made the most of the display with our banners, posters and a model of the Cessna 182. The weather was amazing, hot and sunny and visitors were enjoying the show.

Around the World at 80 display with model plane.

Flights around the world

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From Jim (pilot)

I have been looking at the statistics for 2017. It was an average year for single engine journeys.

In January Peter Wilson and Mathew Gallagher completed their circumnavigation in a Robinson helicopter. Just behind them, still in January George Adam completed his flight. Then there was a long gap until December 29 when the first around the world flight was completed in an aircraft produced in China.

Only Wilson and Gallagher kept the British flag flying, all the others were from countries as diverse as USA/ Canada/Namibia/China/Russia and South Africa. In that list I am talking about single and twin engines, helicopters and microlights.

 

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From Dot (navigator)

I saw the lists when Jim wasn’t looking; we have a big issue here. Of the 397 circumnavigations since the first one in 1931 only 29 have been by female pilots. This has got to change.

 

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From Jim (pilot)

Typical woman the real important facts are missed

More than twice as many pilots chose a single engine aircraft and three times as many elected to fly east to west as those that went west.

news update

 

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From Jim (pilot)

 

 

 

I chose the Cessna 182 Skylane because its ‘high wing’ layout makes filming easier.

Cessna’s worldwide service is vital on a long flight such as this one.

The cabin dimensions are impressive, height 48.5 ins, width 42 ins, length 132 ins.

We could have a party.

 

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From Dot (navigator)

Lot to learn about the Garmin G1000NXI. It’s so comprehensive. I will still pack paper maps even though I intend to visit Garmin UK

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From Jim (pilot)

The short field performance and cruise of 145 kts are useful but 915 nm range needs thinking about.

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From Dot (navigator)

So the filming job has landed in my lap. I will enjoy myself with two Garmin VIRB wingcams, they are bluetoothed to the cockpit), two GoPro’s inside, they only have one button, a National Panasonic Lumix which I will only use on the ground and a DJI Mavic Air Copter which thankfully Jim will use on the ground. Sounds simple except every night I will have six memory cards to deal with. I have delegated battery recharging to Jim, six each night but he will be managing a ‘spare’ second set.

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From Dot (navigator)

All this talk about photography has made me forget about my main job, navigating the thing. Apart from the nav.screen in front of me I will be keeping an eye on Jim’s pilot screen and Jim, he has a habit of nodding off. Added to that I will have a backup program on a tablet. Wish I was eighteen and not eighty.

 

 

 

 

 

Fundraising at events

Hi everyone, we will have a small display at some of the events taking place during the summer months. Come along and talk to us and if you make a donation you can collect a free gift.

April 7th 8th Oswestry Showground Collectors fair.

April 20-22nd East of England Showground, Peterborough, National Motorhome and Campervan show. Fun day out for all the family.

 

 

 

 

Documentary filming

Plans are well advanced for a documentary film about the flight. This is likely to be a three part series for television.

Donors will benefit from exposure of their logo to British audiences with the possibility of the series being sold to other countries.

 

Taking Pictures

During the journey the pilots will take thousands of photographs both from the air and on the ground. To get the best shots, in addition to a conventional camera, they will use a Garmin wingtip camera which is remotely controlled from the cabin. Many familiar places usually seen from the ground will offer a different view from the air and many not usually seen in photographs will record the journey.

It is their intention to produce a photographic record, with few words, after the journey. They will of course be ‘sending back’ images on a daily basis for this website.

Deciding on the Route

Much thought is still taking place about the exact route. It would be apt to follow Wiley Post, the first solo circumnavigation. He left Los Angeles and crossed the Atlantic via Greenland and Iceland before putting down at Chester UK. From there he went to Hamburg and Berlin and on to Moscow. A west to east route directly across Russia took him to the Pacific and into Alaska. Transit through Canada followed by a landing in Los Angeles completed the journey. Political considerations today rule out that journey through Russia.

He visited major airports along the route, but major airports in the thirties were not like todays major airports. The pilots of the ATWA80 flight would not want to mix it with today’s airliners arriving and departing at two per minute. Smaller regional airports offer the best solution and the flavour of the country being visited.