N37.504710, E112.423643 Yaocheng a new GA airport.
Completing our last show at Deyang on the 3rd October we packed the aircraft for road transit to Yaocheng airport on the 4th. This being just 800 nm away and “china airspace is opening up”, but this is not as simple as you imagine, it’s not as convenient and economic as in Europe. Being used to jumping in a plane and going is just impossible. You need ample time to plan, seeking permissions from the military and CAA. Then come the costs for these approvals…. Such a shame, one day it will change. I hope so.
Friday 6th sees the team at Chengdu International for the short flight to Taiyuan arriving 3pm at the hotel. Venue is 1;10hrs away so we elect not to start work and rest for the remainder of the day.
We have 4 aircraft to assemble with 5 persons. By the end of the day (7th) 3 a/c are 99% ready, the 4th is started and completed the following day by mid afternoon.
Chris and I take the opportunity to check fly the four aircraft. No issues.
The show validation day is 10th October with show days 11-13th.
With Chris Burkett still on his mountain travels and Tom Cassells not yet with his visa in hand Chris Heames and I fly practice. A little more aggressive as a 4 ship team is more manoeuvrable than a 5 ship.
Opening day like all other shows, proceedings start with speeches by various dignitaries talking to seated guests on a stage. Precisely on time the show is opened with a bang! and then the fly past teams take off.
The afternoon is a repeat however with more parachuting and paramotoring.
In the UK the Civil Aviation Authority rulings would totally prohibit the displaying of 39 paramotorist on economic and the overburdensome paperwork required, shame really as its spectacular and an inspiration for anyone with an interest in taking to the skies.