7 summits by Microlight

Talks & presentations
Latest news
25 Oct 2006 FAI Gold Air medal
1 Dec 2005, Aconcagua expedition
4 Feb 2005, RAeC Awards
16 Dec, RAeC Britannia Trophy
1 Jan 2005, 3rd place Best of ExplorersWeb 2004 Awards
1 June, Home
22 May, Fog again
23 May, Hollywood
24 May, Full story
24 May, Summited!
21 May, Nearly
20 May, Rain
19 May, Flora
18 May, Smelly socks
16 May, Line break
17 May
15 May, A narrow escape
14 May, Fog
13 May, Camp life
12 May, Runway repairs
11 May, Yaks, Naks & Jopkyoks
10 May, Syangboche
9 May, fog
8 May, Everest in sight!
19 Apr, Pokhara
23 Apr, Oxygen
26 Apr, Lukla
5 May, Still Lukla
6 May, We have fuel!
Apr 25, Kathmandu
30 Mar, Kit despatched
6 Mar 25,280 ft
3 Mar Hypobaric test
5 Mar Guidonia
31 Jan
Weather maps
Daily forecasts
R and D
Cold test
Glider development
Trike development
RMH pilot CV
Chronology of Everest aviation
Emil Wick
Lukla airfield
Mingbo airfield
Hang gliders and Paragliders

(UTC + 5:45)

News release: 5 March

'Base Camp' at Guidonia

We have established a practice 'Base Camp' at Guidonia air base some 30Km NE Rome courtesy of the Italian Air Force, complete with most of the team, film crew and Eagles.

It is of course not an exact simulation as we will not have any vehicles in Nepal and certainly no illumination (they have thoughtfully turned around some of the street lights so they light our camp at night).

Yesterday we assembled all our kit and today we flew two practice tows to 1500 ft to test out our systems, in particular the Bailey Aviation 'super-trolley' Angelo will have to use in Nepal because the density-altitude at 12,500 ft means he simply won't be able to run fast enough to foot launch at our Syangboche advance base camp.

The trolley has several unique features: It has a highly adjustable steering arrangement which works by two arms in contact with Angelo's harness. He can steer the trolley by normal 'weightshift control' input. The tracking and castor of the front wheels is set so the trolley is very stable at high speed and will continue to track in a straight line after launch. It also has brakes so Angelo can stop quickly in the event of a line break during launch and automatically after launch (to prevent it disappearing over a cliff at the end of the strip).

The trolley needed a couple of small modifications after the first test when the steering links were proven not strong enough, but thereafter it performed as it was designed to. We are very pleased with the design and it is now passed fit for use on 'the real thing'.

We have clearance to 10,000 M for a full-height test either tomorrow or Sunday, depending on the weather. The Italian Air-Force are providing two detailed meteorological briefings daily, at the moment the weather is not looking good, but there may be a window of opportunity tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

We have worked late into the night to prepare everything for tomorrow, in particular we have successfully re-filled our lightweight oxygen bottles to 220 Bar using the booster pump provided by HP-Air / Paramina. This rare hand-operated pump is a real boon to the expedition as it means we can be sure our lightweight filament-wound oxygen bottles provided by Andy Elson and IPT are full to capacity with dry oxygen and we will not be at the mercy of low-pressure source bottles in Nepal.




The FIAT group
ICARO 2000 Hang Gliding World Champion
ALPHA emergency parachute
THE NORTH FACE clothing for extreme conditions
Lyndhurst Touchdown Services.  Supplier of fuel system components to the expedition.
AdventureWeather.com providing Meteorological information to the expedition
Industrial Pressure Testing Ltd; Suppliers of Oxygen cylinders to the expedition.
BAILEY AVIATION manufacturers of Paramotors and automotive sport acessories
O-ZEE flight suits.  Suppliers of Bar-mitts to the expedition.
Mainair Sports; UK dealer for Warp Drive Propellors
PARAMINA; Suppliers of Oxygen equipment to the expedition
MAINAIR SPORTS  manufacturers of fine microlight Aircraft
Neltec flexible heaters
SKYDRIVE, the UK Distributor of ROTAX engines
Articole Studios - GRP mouldings
PEGASUS AVIATION manufacturers of fine microlight Aircraft
FLYCOM Intercom and Radio equipment
Gerbings heated clothing
Quatar airways
menu2 2-2 3-2 4-2 sponsors-2
Page last reviewed
9 Mar 2004
2-3 Contact   RMH      info@angelodarrigo.com 4-3