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News release: 30 March, Kit despatched


 

 

 

 
Everything is on its way.

After the tests at Guidonia, Richard returned 1200 miles to UK in the Ducato van leant by FIAT and embarked on a frantic three week round of final modifications and refinements before returning to Italy to get everything loaded on a Quatar Airways plane on Monday 29 March.

The most notable addition are four 'bomb racks' on the microlight to carry oxygen bottles. It would be disasterous indeed to be stuck with perfect weather at our Syangboche advance base camp with no oxygen. Our main o2 source bottles and transfilling pump supplied by Paramina are too heavy to be carried up the mountain from Lukla, it's a 3 day round trip by foot but only 30 minutes or so by microlight so the idea is that Richard can pop down to Lukla in the microlight with all four bottles in special racks made by Articole Studios, refill them and be back in a few hours. They certainly make the microlight look quite strange... one can only hope the Nepalese army garisonned at Luckla don't misinterpret their purpose....

The ALPHA parachute is now fitted to the trike. This is a rocket launched parachute designed to bring the entire Pegasus tug down in the event of disaster. This is one item Richard is in no hurry to test, but if the worst happens it is likely to be life-saving....

Paramina have also fixed the high pressure leak on the o2 booster pump and supplied remote pressure gauges so both Angelo and Richard can see their remaining oxygen more easily. Andy Elson has also improved the plumbing on our o2 regulators (Richard's developed a leak at Guidonia).

Jerry Davis of Lyndhurst Touchdown Services kindly supplied a fuel level sender for the trike and Dave Simpson (yet again) did some demon electronics at short notice so Richard could fit a fuel gauge in the last remaining square inch of panel space on the trike.

Ozee are supplying us with two pairs of special-thickness bar mitts which should be a better solution than the very unmanageable mittens we have been using.

Bailey Aviation completed the two 'super trolleys' including the manual and automatic braking systems and improved stronger track rods.

Mainair and Skydrive delivered aircraft and engine spares respectively. Crates for the trolleys and trike were made and delivered, and a thousand other tools and small bits and pieces assembled and sealed in 10 blue 'sherpa-proof' plastic barrels.

Finally Richard loaded all this lot plus a vast amount of spares into a FIAT Ducato van, and raced yet again hundreds of miles across Europe in time to catch the freight plane from Milan Malpensa airport.

Richard will be back in the UK for the Press conference 11:00 Thursday, April 1st, at the Approach Pub, Approach Road, Bethnal Green, E2 (seven minutes walk from Bethnal Green Central Line tube).

He then departs for Nepal on 12 April. Will it be intact AND out of Customs by then?

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