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The 2009 SkyCar Expedition left London on 14th January 2009
« on: January 27, 2009, 07:10:39 AM »
Expedition planed route:
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it's a dunne buggy with a Paraglider canopy: a simple design that uses biofuel!

(Click here for full story)Latest News: 17 01.2009 - Diary Entry (excerpts)

...The following morning brought a 6 hour drive to Reims due to frequent checks on Skycar and refuelling every 100km or so. She’s a thirsty girl!... ::thinking::

...The following day we were guided to an official airport in the Champagne region  ::drinking:: ::drinking:: ::drinking:: where we hoped to test the new drive system Gilo had installed the previous evening, try a different set of propellers and fly the new canopy with adjusted brake lines...

...That afternoon, we made a detour to central Paris and filmed the Skycar in front of a majestic Eiffel Tower  |:)\ before retiring to our campsite at midnight and prepare for an alarm call at 5.00am. Oh joy!
::bow:: diary entry: Neil Laughton.
...66 years ago, on Jan 18th, this mexican was born in Paris... ::wave::

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Re: The 2009 SkyCar Expedition left London on 14th January 2009
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009, 07:31:33 AM »

DonYan, if you buy it will you enter it in the Baja 1000 race?  I'm sure you could be an overall winner of the race!   ::cowboy:: |:)\

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|:)\ Hello Rooster Cruiser: 

 ::banghead:: seems like they beated us for the Baja 1000...ni modo! ::drinking:: ::drinking:: ::drinking::
 ::wave::
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Re: The 2009 SkyCar Expedition left London on 14th January 2009
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2009, 02:06:49 PM »
Latest News (excerpts)

22 01.2009 - Flight at Figueres and on through Spain

...Dawn broke on 22nd January to reveal the grass airstrip white with a thick frost and we were treated to a stunning sun rise as the Skycar wing was prepared for flight. This new wing incorporated some significant design changes that needed testing if a crossing of the Straits of Gibraltar were to be attempted.

...Once back on the road we travelled along the Spanish coast with a brief overnight stay near Valencia and then in the luxury of Castillo de Santa Catalina in Malaga thanks to the generosity of one of our sponsors Tim Warren of GSC. It was a wonderful way to relax at the end of the European leg of our journey. The team is now poised waiting to cross to Africa.
diary entry: Tim Maw.
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Re: The 2009 SkyCar Expedition left London on 14th January 2009
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2009, 07:34:36 PM »
 |:)\ |:)\ |:)\ THEY DID IT !!! ::rofl:: Skycar crossed the Straight of Gibraltar !!! ::bow:: History is being made...  ::drinking:: ::drinking:: ::drinking::
 04 02.2009 - Matthew Mays Blog (excerpts):

...Thursday 29th morning the mog boys where up and eagerly awaiting the call from Tarifa Beach to let us know what was happening. The call was received by Toby and the flight was on. HMS SABHAR and two high speed craft standing by and the helicopter was taking of at the dedicated sunrise time. The tension was building in the car park, as the Unimog was being loaded up with kit and safety kit of loaded just in case it was required.

All of a sudden a green lorry arrived in the car park closely followed by several others. Toby went over to the lorries to try and find out what was going on and was ordered to clear the car park. It was a military car park and not even Toby could talk to these chaps around to arrange the use of the car park. Frantic calls where then made to contact the other side of the Gibraltar Straights.

A message was passed to Neil now on route and we received a call saying he would have to divert to nearby heliport. Tension was building again as the mog boys had to race to the heliport. On arrival we could see the heliport was inside part of the port, the heliport had sea on three sides of it. Toby received another call informing us Neil had mad a PAN PAN call to the helipad for an emergency landing. As the Unimog parked up on approach to the heliport we could see the Skycar in the distance approaching. Simon, the camera man, proceeded to the entrance closely followed by Toby. Matthew was with the Unimog and standing by the approach of the runway.

The Skycar made its approach running parallel to the runway outside the outer part of the harbour wall over the top of some oil storage tanks and turned 180 degrease for the approach. The car seamed to stop and then go backwards towards a vast amount of houses whilst gaining altitude. The Skycar then advanced forwards to make an approach to the runway, the engine revs dropped and the Skycar was descending to the runway. One glance around at the heliport and all the staff was out at the doors. There were crowds of people gathering in the streets pointing. The Skycar was now too low for the approach and was heading for the side wall the revs increased and the car gained altitude to be back on course for a landing.

The Skycar made contact with the tarmac there was a loud crack to be herd by everyone around.  It was ok, Neil stopped the car and leaped out waving his arms in the air and  shouting "we’ve done it!" |:)\ |:)\ |:)\

Simon dashed out onto the runway and his camera was tackled from him smashing to the floor. Toby was stopped by three guards from entering the runway. Neil had done it, the first person to fly a car across the Gibraltar Straights. History was made! ::bow:: The next 15 mins were not as much fun as we where all detained at the heliport whilst all our passports and documents where ceased by armed police ::banghead:: and the general thought was oops what was going to happen now... ::thinking:: ::sulk:: ::knockedout::

As a mexican |:)\ a mechanic |:)\ an ex buggy shop chieff |:)\ & a rookie skydiver |:)\ , I salute & admire this pioneer feat!  |:)\ |:)\ |:)\
Well done, Skycar Expedition 2009 team  ::drinking:: ::drinking:: ::drinking::
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