Ditching Halts Global Gyro Flight
May 3, 2010 — Norman Surplus’ around the world flight in a Gyrox autogyro suffered a setback over the weekend due to a forced ditching upon take-off at Nongprue, Thailand, according to the website tracking his progress, www.gyroxgoesglobal.com. Here is the entry posted Monday, May 3, which was reposted to Oshkosh365 by Jim Heffelfinger:
News - Latest - 3 May 2010 - Norman is well but the autogyro is damaged.
Thank you for all your patience. Norman is well but the autogyro has been damaged a will not be flying for the immediate future. Here is a message received from Norman by mobile/cell phone text in relation to taking off on Saturday morning.
“Apologies to all for the delays - a combination of high air temperature, heavy aircraft and variable cross wind resulted in a poor climb out by the aircraft on take off. Obstacle avoidance resulted in a forced ditching in to a shallow lake. Thankfully I was not injured and the aircraft is now being assessed for possible repair. There will be more on this as soon as I know all the options. Regards, Norman.”
End of text. We have no other information at present, communications with him is difficult and as you can imagine he is occupied with 101 things.
EAA will provide updates as more information becomes available. Discuss on Oshkosh365.