First flight to Canarias by autogiro

ferranrosello

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Between 09-30-2007 and 10-18-2007, Two Spanish gyro pilots have flown in a ELA 07 gyro from Cuatro Vientos (Madrid, Spain) to Canary Islands.

This is the first time than an autogiro reaches Canary Islands in flight. The entire raid has been flown in 25 flights.

The raid has been flown in order to exhibit gyro’s capabilities in honor of Juan de la Cierva, the autogyro’s father. So we started in Cuatro Vientos to Getafe on september 30th, redoing the first crosscountry flight of a rotary wing aircraft which took place on december 12th of 1924.

The gyro has been an ELA 07, and the entire raid has been flown with two people on board (Benardino Rodríguez as a copilot an me as a PiC)
After Getafe we flew to San Javier (Murcia), Granada, Medina Sidonia, Tetouan (Morocco), Rabat, Casablanca, Essaouira, Tantan , Aaiún, Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain), Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

We have come back to Madrid by the same itinerary and we arrived to Madrid on october 18th. It has been a memorable flight. We have flown over Cabo Juby and Sidi Ifni, covering more than 5300 km (2900 Nm) in 47 flying hours.

This flight has had great media repercussion in Spain.
http://www.aviaciondigitalglobal.com/noticia.asp?NotId=4575&NotDesignId=3
 

C. Beaty

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Congratulations, Ferran.

From a quick look at a globe, the ocean crossing was ~100 miles. That’s a lot of water for anything with a single engine.
 

barnstorm2

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Fantastic!! Congratulations!


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Hognose

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Great report!

Ferran, are you the white-haired gentleman on the left, and Bernardino the dark-haired fellow on the right?

I see you have flight suits that match your gyro. Very professional looking, no wonder the media likes you.

Rob, does this give you ideas or what?

That's also a good site. There are a number of interesting stories. A kid got hassled by the cops for being a "plane spotter," a hobby that I have only seen Europeans doing, no idea why. And an El Al pilot jumped the gun on taxing out and rolled over the tug that just pushed him back... there's a photo of what happens when a tug meets a big turbofan (kind of like the "Will it Blend?" web site) but nobody was hurt. I've bookmarked the site.

cheers

-=K=-
 

ferranrosello

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You are right, Chuck. But we had a SAR rescort by a Spanish Air Force Superpuma, just in case...

And you are right too, hognose.

Thank you for your comments. I'll try to attach some pictures.

ferran
 
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