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Thursday, 8 Oct 2015

Crete2Cape attracts aviation equipment sponsor

Crete2Cape Vintage Air Rally, the Royal Aero Club rally for aircraft built in the 1920s and 1930s, has gained another sponsor for the 2016 rally: aviation equipment supplier Pooleys.  

The rally organisers announced this week that Pooleys Flight Equipment Limited, a UK based company, which for six decades has been supplying aviation equipment to pilots and flying schools around the world, has agreed to support this epic flight across Africa. Pooleys will be helping with equipment for both participating crews but also their friends and supporters. Full details of their help and how to take advantage of it can be found at www.crete2cape.com. 

Departing Crete on the 9th November 2016, it will take 5 weeks to descend the length of Africa to Cape Town, supported by more contemporary aeroplanes and helicopters. Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights in the 1920s, the rally connects some of the most beautiful and evocative points in Africa.  Flying low along the Nile from Cairo to Khartoum, past the highlands of Ethiopia before the plains of Kenya and the home of African aviation in Nairobi.  Then off again past Kilimanjaro into the Serengeti – and on to the spice island of Zanzibar.  Zambia to Victoria Falls is the next leg, before continuing to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.  The final stretch is into Botswana and then across stunning South Africa – to the Cape, journey’s end.

Some 13 months before departure, September has seen a series of milestones achieved.  Official event status was granted by the Royal Aero Club, paving the way for FAI recognition next month.  The other organisation to throw their weight behind the Rally is GREAT Britain – a UK DTi and FCO initiative.  Planning has already begun with all the British Embassies and High Commissions along the route (and the President of Botswana has confirmed his attendance!). 

The search for other sponsors continues, with negotiations on some of the big items (particularly fuel, and shipping) progressing well.

The international flavour of the event is also developing, with teams from the UK, Germany, Spain, Greece, US, Australia, Botswana and South Africa participating so far.  There are still places, both for vintage machines and more recent aircraft who want to help – from the UK and further afield. 

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