Some photos from today, photografer: Mangnus Stenlund
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Today we had smaller technical problems both on WASP and PYTHON. But we
could handle them and now they are up and running again. We have been
flying a lot today. The weather conditions were good. Tomorrow the air show
starts. Everyone feels prepared. The first day of the air show will be held
only for the VIP people and the sponsors. The 2nd and the 3rd day they open
the gates for everyone. Looking forward to the opening ceremony. Look at
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Click on the below link and enjoy!
We have test flied CATWALK and PYTHON. Both of them flew fine. Some smaller
adjustments will be made tomorrow. Today the weather was really bad. It was
raining almost the whole day. Stenis is sick. Hopefully he will be up and
running tomorrow. Tomorrow we will test fly the WASP and start to put hours
on all airplanes.
Monday, 27 September 2010
Today is my wife´s 35th birthday. Selina and Cherry hung balloons on our hotel door and we sang for her down at the reception this morning. She got a traditional Chinese plate for breakfast. On it was 20 lollypops that were supposed to represent how many children she will have...hmmm...and a bowl of noodles that represented a long life and two fruits which meant a healthy life. We decided yesterday to give her a bracelet each for her birthday. She was very happy!
Jenny is better today. That's good.
Today we filled up on smoke fluid and prepared the planes for flying again. First about 70 military men swept the strip 2300 x 40 m+ flattened the apron and the fire department practiced driving back and forth while shouting in the megaphones attached to the fire engine. The buffalo were gone and there wasn't a civilian in sight. It was looking good. Then, at 10:30 we were called to a quick meeting where we found out that the authorization had arrived but that it wasn't good until tomorrow. So, we had to roll the planes back to the hanger and we went to buy a new fuel hose for the tank truck instead. The tank truck was new but the nozzle was made for pressure or top fueling passenger airplanes which means that it doesn't fit our planes so we've bought a extension hose with a diameter of 40 mm.
At 4 pm there was another meeting with the military, the organizer and two air traffic controllers at the hotel. We have made a point to be friendly with the air traffic controllers so that they would know who we were and what airplanes we fly. The military really only wanted to get one thing straight, that we are to follow their orders if they give any. We promised the air traffic controllers not to land on any other airfield. We have no idea if there are any other air fields in the area. You should have it straight that there isn't any general aviation in China and that the air traffic controllers only know the IFR rules.
By the looks of it I will fly the Python first tomorrow. It'll be the first time in ten years that a airplane starts and lands on this military air field and the Python will be the first!
Sunday, 26 September 2010
We got fuel today! We started all the airplanes and they worked properly. It's rained all morning but this afternoon was OK. Unfortunately the airport boss wasn't there so we weren't allowed to fly but tomorrow at 12 am is supposed to be OK. We'll see.
Today we've been interviewed by newspapers, TV and several other news reporters out at the airport.
Jenny has been really sick to her stomach and has spent the whole day in the hotel room. She joined us for dinner and managed to eat some rise and drink some water. Hopefully she'll feel better tomorrow.
A lot of stickers have been handed out to children today. They get so happy! Some children just stand and watch with their mouths open. Others are to shy to take any and their parents have to take them for them.
It'll be an exciting day tomorrow!
Today the whole team was together again. Unfortunately they brought the rain.
Today it's been raining constantly and the temperature has been just over 20 °C, an amazing change in the the weather this last week.
Since we didn't have a permission from the military or good enough weather we took the opportunity to wash the airplanes. They're shining=) Apparently it's going to rain for two more days. We'll see.
We're getting fuel tomorrow morning at 9 am and if the weather allows it we'll do some test flying otherwise we're hoping to ground run..
We toured the town after dinner. Being a man and letting three women loose in town for cheap shopping is tough but we survived. I have to admit though that we bought tools earlier today and we probably acted the same as the woman did. We bought four screwdrivers, 10 rolls of tape and paint for a total of 60 Yen which equals 60 SEK or about 10USD.
People are very curious and groups of onlookers gathered outside of the store.
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Our flights has been nice but long. First we flew to Beijing and therefrom a domestic flight for 2½ hours to Chonqing, a "small" town with 18 million people(!). A private guide met us at the airport and took us to our first hotel. We enjoyed a nice bufé and Sus and Edit tasted snails, and Sus even tasted a duck claw! But it wasn't the best he had for dinner ;)
After cheking the pool, spa and the sky lounge bar, we went to bed to continue our trip the day after to the airshow airport.
Friday, 24 September 2010
The weather is good and the temperature is down to 25-29°C which is perfect.
We had hoped to be airborne tomorrow but the Chinese military could only give us permission for the day after so tomorrow we’ll just ground run.
Today we told our two small 22 year old guides that Sus, the cat walk pilot ( who is so kind and has a really big heart ) will come tomorrow and that he’s a very big, aggressive, angry man and that he eats small Chinese girls for breakfast. They said “It’s impossible”. We’ll see ;) We’re joking a lot with them and have a great time. They are born and raised by farmer parents and they are very down to earth. It’s clear that they have had a very happy childhood because they are so open, friendly and happy. I’m sure the rest of the team will enjoy their company as much as we do.
So it took us five days to complete all.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Jacobs wife Edit, who also is an organizer in the company, just
boarded on AirChina!
We are all exited and looking forward to join the rest of the team in
the heat ;)
And we Skycats can wait to be standing on the wing again!
Sent from my iPhone
Very good atmoshere at the airport we like to work together. The Python is fully ready to start and testfly. Start with the Wasp after lunch and top wing is there, flyingwire and I-strut.
We have tuned in our 2 guides about the food so we have excellent food, they take good care of us. Every evening after dinner we take a walk before sleep in the city. Its so many activities and people are eating in the streets at small tabels, children are paiting, playing, skateboarding, etc and older people like 80-90 years old are dancing in big groups at the square in all this. Stenis told our guide Selina that it look very nice that old people could do that and she ask him what older people did in Sweden- we were quite for a few second then Stenis said that they are sitting in a room watching TV...:-)
Tomorrow we will finish the assembly of Wasp. Edit My wife Sus Catwalk pilot Jenny, Hella and Emma wingwalkers will join us tomorrow evening. Looking fwd to that.
Also looking fwd to start fly :)
More activity on the field yesterday: some other team arrived. Lot of people are looking when we are working...sometimes very poor kids are standing and looking with their parents, I usually give them stickers with our logo and planes. It feels good to make them happy and give them a first good impression of us. We have a relaxed and open contact with the military and the pepole at the airport.
Benny is fantastic! The best technician you can have, always has solution for proplems and is goon in improvising. Nice to have Stenis as well with his experience.
It has been a good day. The rest of the team is leaving Sweden this afternoon: Sus, our CATWALK pilot; Jenny, Emma, Hella wingwalking girls, and my wife Edit who takes care of pretty much everything besides flying ;-) Have a nice flight guys and girls! See you tomorrow!
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Yesterday we have opened the containers...it has been a hell of a ride in there but everything was ok.... phuuu....we starte to assemble the CATWALK, tailsection as well as lowerwings are now installed. Really hard work because it is over +50 C in the tenthangar....we try to dring 1/5 litre water in every 30 min. Yesterday we have tried two new things which we never done before.
- to work in extreeme hot condition
- to eat chicken feet in chili for lunch...just a bite.
Benny and Stenis did not dare...they are chickens...hihi...Selina, our local guide explained that chicken feet is a delicacy. I also told her that in Sweden we eat pig feet, but we don’t really like it.
Everyday we have breakfast, lunch and dinner buffé at our hotel. The airshow organizer wants us to eat there so we don’t get sick. He doesn’t take any risk. So everyday it is a suprise what we are going to eat. We are usually served 4-5 disches and we never know what we will get. Selina wanted to have feedback on what we thing about the food so this evening it was delicious with vegetables, meat and very nice soups...
The Chinese food here is not the same as it is in Sweden or in the West generally. I love the real Chinese food here. It is very fresch and very healthy. Today we will finish the CATWALK and start with PYTHON. The airshow airport is very cool. We live in the city and to drive there takes only 10 minutes in citytraffic. It is an old military airport used during the war against Japan - they told us. Today it looks like Barkaby airport in Stockholm, but they have same cars, buses, motorbikes, people walking there etc and it is fully open.
The Chinese military is protecting my aircrafts twentyfourseven. I feel safe so far...a lot of buffalos at the airfild as well. I hope they will remove them before we start to fly. ;-)
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Today we arrived to Liangping, 3 hours drive with bus from ChongQing. Nice surroundings with lot of green small hills. The hotel is very nice too. It has been hot today +39 Celsius. I’m glad we brought 200L W120 aircraft oil which is working well in hot climate.
Now we are only 10 minutes drive between the hotel and the airshow airport. It was an exciting bus trip because in the 2 km long tunnel there was a traffic accident adn we ended up in a huge que inside the tunnel and were moving forward very slowly. It was a total traffic jam. It was no fun either to inhale the exhaust so after appr. 1 hour we could feel the lack of oxygen in the bus. Luckily at the time we could also see th ”light in the tunnel” so everything ended up well. Liangping is a pretty small town with about 1 million people. SInce we come here we have not seen a single person from West and when we took an eveningwalk, a 5 year old boy got so afraid of us that he ran in to his parents’ shoeshop. We stopped and his his parents finally could convince him to come out. After several minutes Benny could shook his hand and the parents explained for our guide Selina that he has never before seen a person from the West. I hope we made a good impression.
Tomorrow we have pickup 8 and heading for the airport. The roads to get here were really bad.
It will be exciting to open the containers!
Today I have tried 2 new things to eat and drink. To lunch I tried spicy snails. They were ok. For dinner we tried a new drink - besides the traditional Chinese beer - a warm peenut juice. I liked it. It was somthing special. Benny on the other hand was not really fond of the new drink :-)
Benny is well prepared for the trip. He has a package of Immodium in his pocket. I hope we do not have to use them.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
Will open the 2 ft containers..like always after 60 days on the road
and water we hope nothing have come loose in the container..however we
strap the stuff down so its possible to turn them upsidedown and
nothing will get loose..we hope :)..well time to board the Airchina