An attempt at being the first gyrocopter flight around the world has been put on hold because of anticipated extreme weather in the Bearing Sea and North Atlantic.
The prospects of flying through these areas during the autumn and winter periods in an open cockpit gyrocopter are considered to be technically very challenging, according to pilot Norman Surplus, who has decided to suspend his ongoing FAI World Record attempt until the spring.
The arrival of the gyrocopter in these far northern latitudes later in the year than first planned came about due to unforeseen delays earlier in the trip, he said. The “first half” of the gyrocopter’s flight has seen it fly almost 18,000 km across mountains, desert, forest fires, sandstorms and open sea. Surplus flew into the record books during 2010, achieving the longest distance ever flown across the globe by a gyrocopter.
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