Rus­sian he­li­copter pi­lots stop in Air­lie

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

FOUR Rus­sian he­li­copter pi­lots called into Air­lie Beach as part of a tour around the world.

The pi­lots are fly­ing Robin­son he­li­copters and ar­rived at the Whit­sun­day Air­port in Flame­tree on Mon­day to visit Aus­tralian Robin­son deal­ers, Heli­biz.

The men are on a trip called ‘There and Back Again’ and are fol­low­ing a route from Moscow to New Zealand and back to Moscow.

Heli­biz sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager Troy Hol­loway said it was great to have the in­ter­na­tional pi­lots make a spe­cial trip to see the Aus­tralian deal­ers.

“They orig­i­nally came to see us but have fallen in love with the area and de­cided to stay longer,” he said.

On the ven­ture is ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lots Yev­geniy Ka­banov, Igor Ru­doy, Alexandr Kurylev and Alexey Murashov.

They have al­ready trav­elled from Moscow and vis­ited Ja­pan, Philip­pines, In­done­sia, Horn Is­land, Cape York, Townsville and the Whit­sun­days.

Head of the ex­hi­bi­tion Yev­geniy Ka­banov said this was their first time vis­it­ing Aus­tralia.

The pi­lots are hop­ing to take a trip out to The Great Bar­rier Reef be­fore mak­ing their way to their fi­nal des­ti­na­tion, New Zealand.

They em­barked on their jour­ney on Septem­ber 16 and are ex­pected to be away for two months.

Mr Ka­banov said the trip had mostly been smooth sail­ing be­side a slight hic­cup in Ja­pan where they had trou­ble with en­try and clear­ance per­mis­sion.

The trip is ex­pected to will be 60000km vis­it­ing 20 coun­tries and 78 air­ports around the world. they will coss two oceans and stay in the air for more than 300 hours.

If you are in­ter­ested in keep­ing up to date with their trav­els visit www.there­and­back­a­

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