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Written by Clement Latour   
Thursday, 05 January 2012 08:22

As expected, paperwork takes a lot of time around here... Our cars finally arrived last night. We spent the entire day at the local shipping agency filling forms to ear at the end that the customs where closed till sunday morning... We will never complain against Belgian bureaucracy again... hum hum. Good new is : Tom will travel by plane to Luxor to meet the local Governor. He and Adel, the local Red Bull manager, will try to get a special flying permit for a very special "SEARCH Project". Fingers crossed, stay tuned.
The SEARCH team.

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Comme prévu, la paperasserie prend beaucoup de temps autour d'ici... Enfin, nos voitures sont arrivés hier soir. Nous avons passé la journée entière à l'Agence de transport local, remplissage de formulaires à l'oreille à la fin que les douanes où fermé jusqu'à dimanche matin... Nous avons jamais plaindra contre la bureaucratie belge à nouveau... hum hum. Bonne nouvelle est : Tom voyage par avion à Luxor de rencontrer le gouverneur local. Il et Adel, le gestionnaire local de Red Bull, tentera d'obtenir un permis spécial de vol pour un très spécial « projet de recherche ». Doigts croisés, stay tuned.

 
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Written by Clement Latour   
Thursday, 22 December 2011 08:17

The team is back to Alexandria. The boat just arrived, we should get our Amarok and the support truck tomorrow... Let's hope that all the flying gears are still inside... :-)


L'équipe est de retour à Alexandrie. Le bateau venait d'arriver, nous devons adopter notre Amarok et le camion de soutien demain... Espérons que tous les engrenages de vols sont encore à l'intérieur...:-)

 
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Written by Clement Latour   
Thursday, 22 December 2011 08:16

First flat tyre of the trip : a taxi in town. Team mate Olivier fixed it in less than 5 minutes... Hopefully our Amarok should arrive soon !

Premier roulage à plat du voyage : un taxi dans la ville. Coéquipier Olivier le fixe en moins de 5 minutes... Nous espérons que notre Amarok devrait arriver bientôt !

 
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Written by Clement Latour   
Thursday, 22 December 2011 08:14

Something you have to see once in your life : Great Pyramid of Giza.
Quelque chose vous devez voir une fois dans votre vie : grande pyramide de Gizeh. (Traduit par Bing)

 
The team arrived in Egypt
Written by Thomas De Dorlodot   
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 23:25

Great Pyramids of GizaThe team landed in Alexandria.

It has been more than a year that the idea came out. Why not to cross Africa form North to South in Search of secret flying spots ? We have been preparing this trip for so long and the last two months were pretty epic… So many things to think about. So many details to fix. After tons of vaccines, paperwork and a very long checklists we where finally ready to go. The trip to Egypt is short but the contrast with Europe is huge. It is snowing hard in Belgium while it is 20° and sunny In Alexandria. The beauty of aviation… It really feels great to finally be here.

We spent our first day in the city with Adel, our friend and local Red Bull contact. He came with around 200 Red Bull cans as a welcome present. We are covered.

The next day we where supposed to go to the harbor in order to get our vehicles. Sadly, they told us that the boat was stuck somewhere at sea as a result of the bad weather that stroked Europe last week. Not much to do, the boat will arrive with a 4 days delay. No worries, we are not in a hurry, and it will buy us some time to try to get some flying authorizations. For this, we decided to go to Cairo. We took a local train. That’s where I really started to feel that we were traveling: the train still work on diesel here and it is pretty rusty, it works fine though and it arrived on time. Once in Cairo we decided to visit the great Pyramids of Giza. Something you have to see once in a lifetime. We were really impressed. We had our first flat tyre of the trip on the way back to the hotel. Our taxi was probably more than 40 years old. Olivier changed the wheel in less than 4 minutes while the taxi driver was asking himself why his client was fixing his car… This will arrive at least a few times during the trip, it seems that we are ready for it. It would be great to get our Amarok and the assistance truck out of the boat thursday. Today we plan to visit the Cairo tower and meet some officials to try to get flying authorizations. Fingers crossed.

Blue skies & soft landings,

Stay tuned.

Tom

 
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