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News release: 19 Apr, Pokhara


 

 

 

 
RMH has been in Kathmandu for a week now getting 1000 details sorted before the main team arrives.

Our most intractible problem has been fuel. Regular Nepali fuel is or highly questionable quality and could easily damage the 914 engine. Both the police and army maintain their own petrol stations throughout Nepal which is of reputedly better quality. Skydrive in UK have yet again come to our rescue and through the great kindness of xxxxxxxx at Shell the testing of a sample of the best petrol we can find has been arranged, so long as it can be got to Singapore...

So which is better, Police or Army? The best answer might be found by asking the only people who are operating microlights in Nepal, Avia Club Nepal at Pokhara, a 5 hour drive or 30 minute flight west of Kathmandu, so I have come here for a day.

Pokhara is a welcome relief from the constant hubbub of Kathmandu. It is a small town in a beautiful setting next to a lake and with the imposing Annapurna range of mountains in the background (when it is clear enough, this time of year it is very hazy). I was met at the airport by Stefan Shrestha and Deepti Gurung of Avia Club Nepal and taken to their HQ.

It didn't take long to resolve my most pressing problem, which is the best petrol? It would seem Army, so that is what I will get when I get back to Kathmandu. They were very congenial hosts and next morning showed me around their facility on Pokhara airport. They have three Russian built trikes; two Biman 2 tandems and one side by side 'Cruise'. The tandems are notable for the full heightwindscreen, a novelty which could well be tried on some of the faster trikes in UK. Avia Club Nepal's main business is tourist flights around the area; would I like a flight? Chief pilot Sergei took me for a fly around in the side by side machine which was as far removed from the slightly precarious nature of the Hornet trike as could be imagined, it felt very safe, if a bit heavy on the bar, proper foot controls and really quite comfortable.

The area really is beautiful, town next to lake, enormous stupa on a ridge above, and as you climb higher the enormous vista of the Annapurnas begins to appear through the murk.

The main team begins to arrive tomorrow.

The FIAT group
 
 
THE NORTH FACE clothing for extreme conditions
 
 
ALPHA emergency parachute
 
 
ICARO 2000 Hang Gliding World Champion
 
 
AdventureWeather.com providing Meteorological information to the expedition
 
 
Mainair Sports; UK dealer for Warp Drive Propellors
 
 
Articole Studios - GRP mouldings
 
 
MAINAIR SPORTS  manufacturers of fine microlight Aircraft
 
 
PARAMINA; Suppliers of Oxygen equipment to the expedition
 
 
BAILEY AVIATION manufacturers of Paramotors and automotive sport acessories
 
 
O-ZEE flight suits.  Suppliers of Bar-mitts to the expedition.
 
 
Neltec flexible heaters
 
 
Industrial Pressure Testing Ltd; Suppliers of Oxygen cylinders to the expedition.
 
 
Lyndhurst Touchdown Services.  Supplier of fuel system components to the expedition.
 
 
SKYDRIVE, the UK Distributor of ROTAX engines
 
 
PEGASUS AVIATION manufacturers of fine microlight Aircraft
 
 
Quatar airways
 
 
Gerbings heated clothing
 
 
FLYCOM Intercom and Radio equipment
 
 
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